Dalton Hughes

Dalton concentrates his law practice on trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition matters. His varied project history with intellectual property businesses allows him to assist clients over multiple industries at any stage of their goals.

Previously, Dalton externed for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, focusing on federal court litigation procedure. In law school, he refined his transactional and client counseling skills while working in the College of Law’s trademark clinic, assisting professional students with their start-up businesses’ licensing and registration.

Dalton’s intellectual property experience comes from a broad background in the media, tech, and entertainment industries. This experience includes copyright and royalty management, brand development, consumer survey research, contract administration, artist management, app development, and computer support.

  • J.D., magna cum laude,
    University of Illinois College of Law, 2020
  • B.S., Entertainment Industry Studies, cum laude,
    Belmont University, 2016
  • Minor, Mass Communication,
    Belmont University
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Associate, 2021–Present
Summer Associate, 2019

Experience | Non-Legal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Nashville, Tennessee
Global Copyright Coordinator, 2016–2017

Experience | Clerkships & Internships

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
Legal Extern for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, 2018

Almon & McPike PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee
Office Administration Intern, 2016

Forward Thinking
  • CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Advanced Legal Research; Traditional Knowledge & Folklore in Intellectual Property
  • Pro Bono Notation – University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Illinois Law Review, Managing Internet & Symposium Editor, 2018–2019
  • Vice President, Illinois College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society, 2018–2019
  • Secretary, Illinois College of Law Intellectual Property Law Society, 2018–2019
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, Member