Beverly A. Berneman

“I try to get to know as much about my clients’ business as possible. By delving into every aspect of the business, I can help protect their ideas and brands today, and work with them to develop strategic planning for tomorrow.”

Beverly A. Berneman

Practice Group Chair



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  • Intellectual property rights counseling and protection
  • Intellectual property licensing and transactions
  • Business consultation
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Business reorganization and bankruptcy


Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois, 2007
U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, 1985


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  • Adjunct Professor John Marshall School of Law – 2003 to Present
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and ROI: Corporate IP Conference, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 2008
  • Music Artists Beware: New York State Bank Association Music Business Law Seminar, October 2008
  • Copyright, Permissions, and International Piracy: Cadmus Communications Publishing Conference, May 2010
  • Parody; Understanding Parody's Place in Copyright Law: Copyright Law, Practicing Law Institute, May 2010
  • Protecting Your Stuff: WindyCon, October 2010
  • Google Book Project – Putting it in Perspective: Chicago Association of Law Libraries, May 2011
  • Handling IP Asset Issues in the Distressed Small Business: American Bankruptcy Institute, Spring 2012


IP News for Your Business
A thoughtful blog on current court decisions and changes in the law of Intellectual Property that may impact a business.


LLM, The John Marshall Law School, Intellectual Property, with honors, 2003
J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, with honors, 1985
B.A. in Theaterfrom University of Boulder, Colorado, with honors, 1977


Illinois, 1985


American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Copyright Society of the USA
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Prior to joining Golan Christie Taglia, Beverly served as chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. Prior to joining the firm, Beverly was the managing partner of Benjamin, Berneman & Brom, LLC.

Beverly has written and spoken at seminars, meetings, and conventions about bankruptcy and intellectual property issues, including Deepening Insolvency: A New Cause of Action against Directors and Officers; The UCC Toolbox; Hot Topics in Secure Transactions and Intellectual Property; Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy; Ten Things Every Intellectual Property Practitioner Should Know about Secured Transactions; Navigating the Bankruptcy Waters in a Domain Name Rowboat; and Caveat Trade Secret Misappropriation Debts.

Trademarks: Registration of Trademarks in numerous industries including:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Consulting
  • Chemical testing
  • Construction
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Fitness
  • Food service
  • Hospitality
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Photography and Videography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Service providers
  • Software development
  • Bankruptcy: Successful reorganization of small and medium size businesses

Beverly has been named a Leading Lawyer in the area of Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law.


Deal Talk Podcast Featuring Beverly Berneman: Is Your Company’s Intellectual Property Adequately Protected?

Five Things You Should Know about Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy – Chicago Bar Association – February 7, 2012

Branding Fundamentals – Northshore Breakfast Group – March 17, 2012

Website Protection – KLTR – May 16, 2013

Protecting Website Content – GCT – June 26, 2013

Intellectual Property Due Diligence for Succession Planning – Succession Planner Professional Group – April 4, 2014

IP Jeopardy 2014 Edition – GCT – April 15, 2014

IP Jeopardy 2015 Edition – GCT – May 20, 2015

IP Jeopardy 2016 Edition – GCT – May 17, 2016

IP Jeopardy 2017 Edition – GCT –May 2, 2017

IP Jeopardy – Chicago Exchange – November 7, 2017

IP Jeopardy 2018 Edition – GCT – May 1, 2018

IP Jeopardy for Paralegals – Illinois Paralegal Association Annual Meeting – November 14, 2018

Intellectual Property Basics for Illustration Majors – Columbia College – November 26, 2018