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 significant 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, 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 from 1996 to 1998.

Mr. Parks has been an adjunct faculty member 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 in 2012.

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

Articles and Publications



  • Recognized as a top Illinois trademark lawyer by the World Trademark Review 1000 (2011-2015)
  • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law – Leading Lawyers Network (2011-2015) 
  • Listed among the Top Lawyers in Illinois in Intellectual Property Law – Chicago Lawyer

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

  • 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
  • News commentary, ABC 7 Chicago Television, “Evanston Bakery Suing Over Signature Recipe,” April 2012
  • Presentation, "Internet_Radiohead -- Licensing in the 'New' Music Business," to Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Creative Arts Committee Seminar, January 2008
  • Presentation, "Digital Music Performance Licensing and the New Webcasting Rates," to Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Intellectual Property Committee, March 2007
  • Roundtable Panelist, "Copyright in the Digital Age," Intellectual Property Law Society, Chicago-Kent College of Law, February 2007
  • Presentation, "Music Public Performance Licensing In the Digital Age," to Columbia College Chicago, January 2007
  • Presentation, "Muddy Waters: Copyright Developments on the Musical Frontier," to John Marshall Law School 50th Annual Conference on Developments in Intellectual Property Law, May 2006
  • Presentation, "The Changing Value of Music," to Intellectual Property Law Society, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2006
  • Presentation, "Copyright Fair Use in the Music Business," to American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, 2004

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