Kevin Tottis



Member Since: 2021

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Professional Bio

Kevin heads up TottisLaw, an IP and commercial litigation boutique he opened in 1996 after several years as a partner in a national law firm. With over 35 years of litigation experience, he’s first-chaired dozens of matters for clients across the country. He's successfully handled copyright matters in diverse areas of copyright law ranging from cases involving architectural works to professional licensing test questions to consumer products packaging. Most recently, after a five-week Zoom arbitration hearing, he obtained a favorable result for a theatrical publishing and licensing house in an action against the Estate of Harper Lee and the related copyright holding company over the scope of theatrical rights in To Kill a Mockingbird. Among other things, the Arbitrator ruled that the client's exclusive non-first-class theater rights survived termination under Section 304(c) of the Copyright Act and also awarded over $2.5 million in fees and costs to his client. Kevin frequently speaks and writes on IP issues. He’s on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute, is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2010. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society, Kevin also sat on the board of directors of AIPLA (where he previously chaired the Association's Copyright Committee), the U.S. group of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriètè Intellectuelle and the Lawyers Club of Chicago. He is a lifetime fellow of the American Bar Foundation (membership limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in a jurisdiction). He also is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association


Parent: TottisLaw

Areas of Expertise

Architecture, Theater, Music and Lyrics, Trademarks, Photography