Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. 1986 – 2014, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Chicago, IL

Retired as senior legal and administrative officer of multinational Internet, software and print publisher. Substantial time devoted to trademark, copyright, e-commerce privacy and intellectual property law in addition to corporate matters, global tax planning, litigation, mergers, acquisitions and transaction work. Securities and franchise law responsibilities have been associated with a publicly held affiliate. Served as president of Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation and dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Responsible for human resources department and managed EB’s public relations function.

United Press International, Inc. 1984 – 1985 Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Nashville, Tennessee

Established in-house Law Department at UPI as Assistant General Counsel. Hired staff, organized Department and integrated legal function into 130 Bureau, 2,000 employee international news wire service. Managed all litigation and divestitures related to UPI’s cable television, electronic database distribution and non-U.S. news picture operations. Supervised UPI’s reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and subsequent sale.

The Bradford Exchange, Ltd. 1979 – 1983 Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Secretary

Niles, Illinois

Financial and professional responsibility for organizing first Law Department in multinational diversified direct marketing corporation. Advised owner, J. Roderick MacArthur in connection with duties as a director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Counseled executives of the corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates in the direct mail, catalog, retail (Hammacher, Schlemmer), food marketing, real estate, hotel and publishing industries; coordination of external legal services rendered in the U.S. and abroad by 26 outside law firms.

Roan & Grossman 1971 – 1980

Chicago, Illinois Of Counsel, Partner, Associate

Engaged in general corporate practice, with particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and divestitures. Extensive representation of steel industry clients in the U.S. and Middle East. Representation of Japanese bank and trading company interests in regard to regulatory and commercial matters.

U.S. Army 1968 – 1971 Counterintelligence Analyst

Washington, D. C.

Served in the Counterintelligence Analysis Division of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence in the Army Operations Center in the Pentagon. Also served as counterintelligence and counter sabotage advisor to the Antiballistic Missile Development Directorate. Served as member of a special group established by the Secretary of the Army to investigate military surveillance of civilians.

Ross & Hardies 1967 – 1968

Chicago, Illinois Associate

Engaged in general corporate and real estate practice. Responsible for legal research, utility security financings for regulated corporations in the cable television, telephone, gas and electric power industries.


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1967

Yale University, B.A., 1964

Latin School of Chicago, HSD, 1960

BAR ADMISSIONS: Illinois, 1967; Tennessee, 1984


The Wayfarers’ Club, Chicago, IL 2010 – Present
President 2012 – 2013
Secretary/Treasurer 2010 – 2011
Member, Board of Managers, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago 2006 – 2009
Member and President, The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, IL 1997 – 2023
Illinois Governor’s Appointee: Education Summit 2000 – 2002
Member Intellectual Property Committee Software and Information Industry Association Washington, DC 1999 – 2008
Member, Board of Editors, Intellectual Property Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China 1996 – 1999
Member, Government Affairs Committee

Software Publishers Association, Washington, DC

1997 – 1998
Director, International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Inc., 1989 – 1999
Chairman, Cyberspace Task Force 1994 – 1998
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Washington, DC 1994 – 1996
Director, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce; 1990 – 1996
Member, Education Committee 1990 – 1998
Co-chairman, “Managing the Smaller Law Department” Seminar,

Corporate Legal Institutes, Chicago

Illinois Governor’s Appointee: Early Childhood Care and Education Work Group 1994 – 1995
Illinois Governor’s Appointee: Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Preparation 1992 – 1993
Member, Project to Curb International Piracy,

The Annenberg Program of Northwestern University, Washington, DC

1988 – 1989
Member, Board of Overseers, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 1982 – 1986
President and Director, Clarence Darrow Community Center, Chicago, IL 1975 – 1984
Trustee, Hull House Association, Chicago, IL 1977 – 1979
General Counsel, Illinois Governor’s Task Force on School Finances 1975
General Counsel, Research Director and Speechwriter, Chicago Mayoral Campaign 1974 – 1975
2010 Using Other People’s Material: Copyright Fair Use, Trademark Fair Use, and Nominative Use
Law Bulletin Annual Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, IL
2005 Negotiating and Drafting License Agreements

Insight Conference on Major Business Agreements, Chicago, IL

2003 Copyright Basics: Origin and Scope of Copyright Protection

Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL

2003 Knowledge Management for Corporate Legal Departments

Third Annual Corporate Legal Times Super Conference, Chicago, IL

2003 Best Practices Managing Outside Corporate Counsel

American Corporate Counsel Association, Chicago, IL

2002 Stopping Internet Piracy

American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, Phoenix, AZ

2001 Law Department Best Practices Examined

American Corporate Counsel Association/Altman Weil, Chicago, IL

2001 The Rise of Intellectual Property as a Global Resource

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Management Seminar, Chicago, IL

2001 Intellectual Property: The Internet’s Coin of the Realm

Practising Law Institute, Vienna, VA

2000 Mid-size Law Firms: The Client Perspective

Hildebrandt Institute, Tampa, FL

2000 E-Commerce and Protection of Corporate Assets

The Corporate Counsel Center of Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL

2000 How the Internet Has Changed Our Business Model

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, IL

2000 Intellectual Property in the Internet Age: Britannica’s Experience and Beyond

American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Boston, MA

2000 Taking Your Business to the Internet: Then Protecting It

Association of University Technology Managers, Chicago, IL

2000 Legal Protection for Databases?: Europe Challenges

Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2000 Copyright Infringement on the Internet

Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL

1999 E-Commerce Law: Innovative Solutions for New Business Models

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, IL

1999 Conduct Most Foul: Infringement on the Internet

Centennial Conference on Intellectual Property The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

1999 Distance Learning and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Hearings of the U.S. Copyright Office, Chicago, IL

1998 Protecting Your Company’s Good Name in Cyberspace

Software Publishers Association, Chicago, IL

1998 Internet Trademark Protection

International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Boston, MA

1997 Managing Outside Counsel

Illinois Corporate Times Roundtable, Chicago, IL

1996 Intellectual Property Protection in the Pacific Rim

American Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN

1996 Intellectual Property Protection and DVD Technology

Innotech/Eastman Chemical Company, Washington, DC

1995 The Civics Education Opportunity in our Increasingly Diverse Society

Testimony: Hearings on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in

Civics Education Conducted for the National Assessment Governing Board, Chicago, IL

1995 New Challenges for American Industry

Insight Into Electronic Fraud Detection Seminar, Chicago, IL

1995 European/American Business Cooperation:

A New Global Challenge for Both Economies to Face

French-American Chamber of Commerce in the U.S., New York, NY

1995 Exploring Internet Legal Issues

Corporate Legal Institutes, Chicago, IL


“Internet Practitioner Comments.” CCH State Tax Reporter; “Managing Outside Counsel in Corporate Litigation.” Litigation Management & Economics, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association; “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Revisited.” Middle East Monthly, Anti-Boycott Law Bulletin; “Regional Planning vs. Decentralized Land Use Controls.” De Paul Law Review; “The Privacy Act of 1974.” Journal of Taxation, reprinted in Business Records, N.Y. Law Journal; “The Civil Disturbance Threat.” U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Additional articles published in Corporate Legal Times, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Lawyer and Chicagoland Monthly.