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Ronald B. Kowalczyk

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RANGE OF PRACTICE

Mr. Kowalczyk concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on employment, business and corporate, and intellectual property law. He handles a wide array of employment matters not limited to hiring and terminating employees, executive contracts and compensation, employment handbooks, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, covenants not-to-compete, workforce reductions, Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), overtime compensation, and discrimination/harassment claims. Mr. Kowalczyk is also an experienced intellectual property litigator handling federal court copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases, as well as Opposition Proceedings and Appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial Bars

Education

  • Harvard University
    A.L.M – Finance – Extension Degree Candidate
  • DePaul University College of Law
    J.D. – 2000
  • American University School of Public Affairs
    M.S. – Justice, Law & Society – 1997
  • Stetson University
    B.A. – 1994
    Majors: Psychology & Sociology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Partner, Kowalczyk Law Offices
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Law for Entrepreneurs in the Modern Global Economy, Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business
  • Lecturer and Mock Trial Coach, North Central College
  • Paralegal Program Instructional Coordinator, Past, Elgin Community College
    – Illinois Community College Trustee Association Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award
    – Elgin Community College Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award
    – National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Excellence in Teaching Award
    – Board of Trustees’ Orrin G. Thompson Excellence in Teaching Award

Published Works

  • Regulation Crowdfunding: SEC Adopts Final Rules for Crowdfunding under the JOBS Act, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs
  • The Illinois Equine Activity Liability Act: Ride at Your Own Risk, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs
  • The Insanity Defense: Its Evolution and Application, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs
  • Concealed Carry in the Workplace: Considerations for Businesses, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs, (Co-authored with Michael Wong)
  • CASA Kane County – The Voice for Abused and Neglected Children, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs
  • Practicing Law in the Cloud: What You Need to Know Before Your Firm Makes the Move, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act: Notice Requirements Prior to Mass Layoffs, Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly
  • The Red Flag Rules: Are you and your clients in compliance?, Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs
  • Payment in Full – Counseling Business Clients on Accord and Satisfaction, DuPage County Bar Association Brief
  • The Application of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Contract Cases, DuPage County Bar Association Brief (Co-authored with Melissa Piwowar)
  • Section 12.03 of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law: Civil By Association, International Journal of Cultural Property
  • Supreme Court Slams the Door on the Press: Media “Ride-Along” Found Unconstitutional in Wilson v. Layne, DePaul-LCA Journal of Art and Entertainment Law

Pro Bono Activities

  • DePaul University President’s Club, Advisory Council Member
  • DePaul University College of Law Corporate Connectors, Alumni Volunteer
  • DePaul University College of Law Mock Interview Program, Alumni Volunteer
  • DePaul University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program, Mentor
  • DePaul University College of Law National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition, Brief Grader and Appellate Judge
  • “The Sweetest Land, A Documentary Film”, Film Producer
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Illinois Advisory Committee Board Member
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, Past Volunteer Attorney
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