About Matthew Hartzler

To help clients in creative industries reduce their risk and achieve their business goals, Matthew Hartzler provides efficient solutions for media, fashion and technology clients that allow them to protect their expression, branding and innovation through agreements and intellectual property law.

Strategic thinking for clients in creative fields

Prior to becoming an attorney, Matt spent his early career as a filmmaker. He produced commissioned documentaries, led projects serving international brands and captured live rock bands. His experience in film allows him to be a collaborator and advisor to clients in creative fields. Matt concentrates on copyright and trademark counseling, counterfeit and piracy policing, and contracts involving intellectual property.

After graduating second in his class from the University of Illinois College of Law, Matt applies his knowledge of the creative process to the practice of copyright, trademark and privacy law. Matt was articles editor for the University of Illinois Law Review and published research on the intersection between copyright law's first sale provisions, public domain rights and international counterfeiting. Matt worked for a major book publisher, and he understands the ins-and-outs of pre-publication clearance, fair use, and complex rights transactions. Matt knows the pitfalls to avoid when drafting licensing deals or collaboration agreements.

A dedication to pro bono work

Matt is also dedicated to his pro bono practice, which centers on immigration issues such as winning asylum for those fleeing gang violence in Central America, securing U Visas for survivors of crime and obtaining Green Cards for those recently granted asylum. His commitment to client service extends to his pro bono clients, making sure their cases are resolved swiftly and with ease.

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