Law Office of Nancy K. DuCharme

Firm Overview

The Law Office of Nancy K. DuCharme provides ongoing advice to business owners and entrepreneurs in matters involving trademarks, copyrights, the internet, domain names, technology, advertising, and distribution.

In 2001, following almost 12 years of service in the Intellectual Property Group at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Nancy K. DuCharme launched her solo law practice in the Chicago area. Her clients include large and medium-sized entities, as well as a number of small business ventures located in Illinois and throughout the country.

Example cases

Attorney DuCharme has represented clients in federal trademark registration matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has also (at times with co-counsel) successfully defended clients' intellectual property interests in infringement proceedings and has advised clients on strategic matters involving intellectual property decisions.

Main Office
P.O. Box 222
Tinley Park  IL  60477
  • (708) 444-7900
  • (708) 444-7900


Free Initial Consultation?
Generally, basic information is offered via telephone free of charge; however, in-person meetings are invoiced at current hourly rates.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
The Law Office of Nancy K. DuCharme offers certain services based on current hourly rates and fixed filing fees. Please contact the firm for current fee schedules and hourly rates.
Hourly Rates
Please inquire.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

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

Most of the intellectual property work mirrors elements of creativity and inspiration in marketing and business which complements attorney Nancy K. DuCharme's professional background and professional aspirations.

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

There are excellent resources available to the public free of charge. An educated client is able to understand their own needs and to effectively utilize legal resources. Prudent business people should consult an experienced intellectual property attorney when they have specific questions and concerns about their businesses and their intellectual property needs.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Once an individual accepts the terms of attorney engagement, Attorney DuCharme is certainly happy to review client-tendered documents relevant to their intellectual property issues.

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

Clients may represent their interests pro-se and upon the advice of counsel; however, many situations require negotiation by an experienced attorney, therefore self-representation might not be advisable.

Nancy DuCharme

Sidley Austin, LLP (1989 to 2000), Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1987 to 1989), Judicial Clerk.

Extensive corporate business and management experience immediately following undergraduate and MBA programs is valuable in understanding clients' business needs and negotiating on behalf of their best intellectual property interests.

One of Attorney DuCharme's strengths is an ability to understand the client's needs and goals, particularly since she was once a business professional.

Personal interests:

Reading, music, travel, and charitable activities.

  • Bar Number:
    Illinois , 1987
  • DePaul University School of Law
    Juris Doctor
    Chicago, IL
    Law Review.
  • University of Notre Dame
    Masters of Business Administration
    Notre Dame, IN
  • St. Mary's College
    Bachelors of Arts
    Notre Dame, IN

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