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   3Deane B. BrownChicago(312) 604-2662dbrown@hsplegal.comdbrown@hsplegal.comHughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltdwww.hsplegal.comwww.hsplegal.combrowndeane.jpgCommercial LitigationProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/FinancialTrade Secrets/Unfair Competition LawTrade Secrets & Non-CompetesSeverance NegotiationsEmployment DiscriminationBreach of Contract & FraudPartnership Disputes
Deane B.
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd
70 W Madison St Ste 4000
Chicago IL 60602-4698
Ph.(312) 604-2662 Fx.(312) 604-2663Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    Trade Secrets & Non-Competes
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial    Severance Negotiations
Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law     Employment Discrimination
    Breach of Contract & Fraud
    Partnership Disputes
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Brown has extensive experience in the areas of commercial litigation including: representing businesses and individuals in: employment matters, including non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality covenants, severance matters and trade secret disputes; contract and partnership disputes; business torts; and property and lease disputes. Additionally, Ms. Brown has extensive experience in the area of professional responsibility, where she regularly represents attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and counsels clients in matters of professional ethics. She currently serves as the chair of the Illinois State Bar Association's Professional Conduct Committee.

In November 2012, Ms. Brown was recognized in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Women's Edition as being among the Top Ten Women Lawyers in Illinois in all practice areas. She was also listed in the Top Ten Leading Women Business Lawyers and the Top Ten Leading Women Litigators. She was profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Women's Edition for 2009.

In May 2012, Ms. Brown was named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of 15 women attorneys in the legal community making a unique impact on the profession.

In addition, Ms. Brown was named to the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois in the 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009 issues of Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine published by Law and Politics in conjunction with Chicago Magazine. Ms. Brown has been named repeatedly as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation. Only the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois are selected as Super Lawyers, using a multi-step evaluation process involving a statewide survey of lawyers, independent panel research and in-depth evaluation of background and experience by practice area.

Ms. Brown was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. Additionally, she has received an AV rating under the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating System, indicating that she "has reached the height of professional excellence" and "is recognized for the highest level of skill and integrity."

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1990
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1991

Hourly Rate:  $251-$300/hour

Varies By Case. She will consider a blended fee with an hourly cap and contingency component, in appropriate cases.

Year of Birth:  1965

Law School:  Boston University School of Law,J.D., 1990
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Note Contributor, Boston University Annual Review of Banking Law
Graduate School: University of Cambridge, England, M.Phil., 1987

Undergraduate School:  The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1986
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Three-Year Accelerated Graduation; Dean's List

Representative Clients:  
Prominent Chicago attorneys; mid-size businesses; closely held corporations; family businesses; entrepreneurs

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  Ex Officio, 2012-2013
  President, 2011-2012
  First Vice President, 2010-2011
  Second Vice President, 2009-2010
  Treasurer, 2008-2009
  Board Member, 2007-2008
Illinois State Bar Association
  Chair, Assembly Rule and Bylaws Committee, 2012-2014
  Elected to the Assembly, 2011-2014
  Appointed to Bench and Bar Section Council, 2012-2014
  Appointed to Special Task Force on Future of the Courts, 2013-2014
  Secretary, Standing Committee on Supreme Court Rules, 2010-2011
  Appointed to Legislation Committee, 2009
  Chair, Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, 2005-2006
  Member, Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, 2000-2014
Illinois Bar Foundation
  Third Vice President, 2016-2017
  Member, Board of Directors, 2013-2014
  Secretary, IBF Fellows
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Honors; Awards; Distinctions:
Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Nov. 5, 2015
Leading Lawyer, 2005-present

Community Involvement:  
Professional Women's Club of Chicago
  President, 2006-2007
Exclusive Professional Women's Networking Group
  Founding Member, 2009
  Membership Recruitment Committee, 2013-2014
Jewish Children's Bureau Board of Directors, 1998-2005

Published Legal Writing:  
"Malpractice by 'of counsel' tough to sort out," Lawyers' Forum, March 1, 2013

"May Lawyers Sell Discounted Services on a 'Deal of the Day' Site?" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Oct. 23, 2012

"Rule Tries to Address Intentionally 'Conflicting Out' Lawyers," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Sept. 18, 2012

"Some Actions Should Not Occur When Responding to an ARDC Beef," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Aug. 28, 2012

"Lawyers Must Not Mislead the Public," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 12, 2012

"Ethical Considerations Exist in Advertising with Client Testimonials," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 11, 2012

"From Office Sharing to Letterhead: The Ethics of Holding Yourself Out to the Public," Illinois Bar Journal, July 2001

Legal Lectures:  
"Marketing Mayhem: Gaining Clients While Playing by the Rules," Panelist, Law Bulletin Seminars, Chicago, May 2012

"Overcome Gender Stereotypes and Transform Your Career," Panelist, Women's Leadership & Mentoring Alliance, Chicago, April 2012

"Young Lawyers, Young Lawyers," Panelist, Women's Bar Association of Illinois Program at Chicago-Kent College of Law, April 2012

"Family Law Initial Client Intakes and Ethical Considerations in Family Law,"Chicago Bar Association, November 2011

"Taking Diversity Seriously: Being a Woman in the Legal Industry," Chicago Lawyer "Off the Pages" Diversity Conference, Chicago, November 2011

"Ethical Considerations in Divorce," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, November 2010

"Ethical Issues for Attorneys and Experts," Law Seminars International, Chicago, March 2006

"Avoiding Malpractice," CBA Young Lawyers Section Seminar on Professional Responsibility, March 2001

"Conflicts of Interest in Family Law Practice," CBA Matrimonial Law Committee Seminar, February 2001

"Ethical Issues Relating to Office Sharers, Of Counsels, Co-Counsels and Independent Contractors: Ethical Issues Regarding Firm Names and Letterhead," ISBA Ethics Seminar, December 2000

Married, one child
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