The Law Office of Judi Smith

Aurora Trademark, Copyright and Tax Attorney,Aurora Business, Tax and Trademark Attorney

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Firm Overview

The Law Office of Judi Smith focuses on helping innovative individuals, businesses and non-profits that are seeking to make a difference in their world through leveraging their ideas without compromising their ideals. With my business and non-profit background I understand what it takes to provide legal services in the context of your mission.

The Law Office of Judi Smith was founded in 1996. However, in 2001, I took an internal position with a major non-profit where I served for eleven years in a variety of operational management and legal positions. In 2011, I elected to again open my firm. I am proud to say that my former employer is a current client.

Example cases

• Protest of trademark registration for potentially infringing trademark.
• Represented an author in a book publishing contract.
• Defending an IRS National Research Project employment tax audit.
• Defending a State of California sales tax audit.
• Provided guidance on self-employment taxes for angel investment limited partnership.
• Acquisition of all of the assets of an ongoing business.

Main Office

Main
1155 S. Washington Street
Suite 100
Naperville  IL  60540

Phone
  • (630) 506-5548

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I am happy to discuss possible approaches to a problem without charge.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I will try to work with clients to determine a flat rate for a given matter. Flat rates work for some projects but not for others.

Hourly Rates

$200.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other hours by appointment.

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I am personally very mission driven. As a result, I love to help others who are trying to make their world a better place - whether that is through business or mission.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I enjoy working with clients who have educated themselves on the issues and potential solutions. My overall practice approach is to educate clients and provide them with a resource to help them achieve their goals.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am more than happy to coach clients to represent themselves. As a professional responsibility, I am equally willing to suggest to clients when self-representation in a complicated area, such as an IRS audit, may not be in their best interest.

Judi Smith

While an employee in the non-profit sector, I served in the capacities of General Counsel, Director of IT and Director of Strategic Services. In addition to legal responsibilities, I was also responsible for the strategic direction of Information Technology and, in close conjunction with the CFO, contributing to the overall strategic direction of the organization.

I am a better lawyer because I have spent time as a senior mid-level manager in non-profit business. I understand first-hand the issues that businesses and non-profits are dealing with day-to-day. Because of my experience, I am able to quickly get up to speed with my clients and my approach to legal problems is very practical.

My biggest strengths are that I am very curious and intelligent. I love designing elegant and efficient solutions to challenging problems. In style, I am direct and forthright in my dealings.

Personal interests:

I like the creative arts. Some say that I am a passable photographer. I play the bass trombone and guitar. I am trying to learn to play the piano with some skill. I have won two bronze Telly Awards for video that I have edited.

License
  • Bar Number: 6226552
    Illinois , 1995
Education
  • Northern Illinois University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 1994
    DeKalb, IL
  • Northern Illinois University
    Master of Business Administration , 2007
    DeKalb, IL

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