Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LTD. Intellectual Property Law
Kevin C. Parks Law Professional

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University of Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 1984

University of Iowa, B.A. in English, 1981

Kevin C. Parks


Kevin Parks has over thirty years’ experience counseling clients and litigating in all areas of trademark and copyright law, including representation in trial and appellate courts and in proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and U.S. Copyright Office.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Parks founded SOUNDIES, a music licensing and consulting firm. Earlier, he was affiliated with intellectual property firms in New York and Chicago, and served as in-house Brand Counsel to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Mr. Parks has been an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School since 2003, teaching coursework in music copyright and licensing. He writes and speaks regularly on current issues in music copyright and the music business, and is the author of Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox, published by the American Bar Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
    • Copyright Subcommittee 306, Broadcasting, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists
  • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)

Articles and Publications

  • Contributing author, U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief submitted by the Intellectual Property Association of Chicago, in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., July, 2016
  • "National treasures threatened by greed," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 4, 2016
  • Quoted in a Forbes article, "14 Years After Napster: It's Taylor Swift's Approach vs. Bono's," January 29, 2015
  • Quoted in a Guardian article, "Meet the Man Behind This Year's Hottest Hip-Hop Beat," December 18, 2014
  • "An intellectual property trifecta," Chicago Lawyer, June 2014
  • "Happy Together on a legal longshot," Chicago Lawyer, March 2014
  • Quoted in a Marketplace Morning Report article, "Do we really need more Beatles releases?" December 17, 2013
  • Quoted in a Law360 article, "Beastie Boys Gotta Fight, But Probably Won't Win," November 25, 2013
  • "Taking back Twinkies," Chicago Lawyer, October 2013
  • Quoted in a Law360 article, "Pre-1972 Safe Harbor Fight Has High Stakes For Web Cos.," October 8, 2013
  • Quoted in a Law360 article, "Fights Over Pre-1972 Songs Show Need For Federal Fix," September 17, 2013
  • "From Ray Charles to "Y.M.C.A"  Section 203 Copyright Terminations in 2013 and Beyond," The Licensing Journal, May 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 3)
  • Quoted in a CNN Entertainment article, "Singer alleges 'Glee' ripped off his cover song," January 26, 2013
  • Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox (2012 American Bar Association)


  • Recognized as a top Illinois trademark lawyer by the World Trademark Review 1000 (2011-2016)
  • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law – Leading Lawyers Network (2011-2016) 
  • Listed among the Top Lawyers in Illinois in Intellectual Property Law – Chicago Lawyer

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

  • Panelist, “Hot Topics in U.S. Copyright Law,” Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting, September 2016
  • Presentation, “Copyright & Pre-’72 Sound Recordings,” to the Chicago Bar Association Media & Entertainment Committee’s Litigation Update, June 17, 2014.
  • Presentation, "Music Copyright and Licensing Fundamentals," to The Lawyers for the Creative Arts Boot Camp: Music Law 101, June 4, 2014
  • Presentation, "Music & Copyright: Everything Old Is New Again," to The Copyright Society of the USA, Midwest Chapter, April 9, 2014
  • Presentation, "Sirius Turtles: The Awkward State of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings," to The John Marshall Law School's 58th Annual Conference on Developments in Intellectual Property Law, February 28, 2014
  • Presentation, "Copyright Terminations 2013," to American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, October 25, 2012
  • McTammany to ReDigi: Same Old Song After 125 Years, guest lecture to University of Iowa College of Law, Intellectual Property Society, September 7, 2012

Bar Admissions and Registrations

  • Illinois, 1988
  • New York, 1985


  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • New York Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member, Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit