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Ann Chen

Ann Chen is Abbott’s Senior Counsel for social media and digital assets, supporting the company’s social and digital objectives globally, including on issues including digital marketing, social media strategy and communications, e-commerce, mobility, and governance. Prior to joining Abbott, Ann was global trademark counsel for a global consumer goods company working in the chocolate, confectionery, food, and beverage industries, focusing on counseling, enforcement, licensing, domain names, copyright, and social media. She previously worked at the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis and Goldberg Kohn.

Ann attended Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School, and clerked for Judge Adalberto Jordan in the U.S District Court in the Southern District of Florida (now on the 11th Circuit). She was named one of National Law Journal's "Top 40 Under 40 - Chicago's Rising Stars." 

Hon. Jesse G. Reyes

Hon. Jesse G. Reyes

The Honorable Jesse G. Reyes is currently the Presiding Justice of the Fifth Division in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District. He has been a member of the judiciary since December 1997, having previously served as both an associate judge and elected judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He also served on a number of Circuit Court committees during his tenure on the trial court. Before his election to the bench, Justice Reyes was employed with the Law Department of the Chicago Board of Education and represented the Board in litigation matters and was responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to school reform. Prior to joining the Board of Education, he was a Senior Supervising Attorney with the Corporation Counsel’s Office representing the City of Chicago in complex civil litigation matters in state and federal court. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.


Ajay K. Mehrotra

Ajay K. Mehrotra is the Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). He is also a Research Professor at the ABF, a Professor of Law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and an Affiliated Professor of History at Northwestern University. Mehrotra's scholarship and teaching focus on legal history and tax law. Prior to his appointment as director of the ABF, he was Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, and the Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. He was also an adjunct professor of history at Indiana University and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Lin & Vincent Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory & Policy Analysis. Mehrotra received his Ph.D. in History from University of Chicago. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from the University of Michigan. After law school and before he embarked on his academic career, Mehrotra was an Associate in the Structured Finance department of the New York offices of J.P. Morgan.


Rohit Kapuria

Rohit Kapuria, an associate at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, focuses his practice in general corporate and securities law, representing both public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities and SEC disclosure, and corporate governance. His corporate/securities practice also includes handling private offerings under the EB-5 investor visa program. Rohit regularly represents EB-5 lenders, EB-5 borrowers, banks, regional centers, real estate developers, investors working on direct EB-5 projects, and migration brokers.


Emma Bienias

Emma Bienias is a Director with Stout Risius Ross and has a background in performing valuation of intellectual property assets for various purposes including financial reporting, tax and business reorganizations. She also provides expert litigation support for analyses of economic damages resulting from the infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property rights. Emma co-founded the Chicago Women in IP group, serves on the Board of the Lawyer for Creative Arts and is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA) and a member of INTA’s Enforcement Committee. She has a Bachelor of Biology and Chemistry from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor and Masters of Economics from the University of Waterloo.

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