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Peter T. Berk


Peter is a skilled advisor, working with individuals, small and mid-sized businesses and publicly traded companies in connection with on-line, electronic, and technology issues, advising his clients on drafting and revising social media, technology data protection, data retention and other policies, internal investigations, pre-litigation preparedness and dispute resolution, and handling litigation in administrative forums, and state and federal courts. Peter’s experience and expertise allow him to creatively, proactively and efficiently deal with emerging issues of law, limit a client’s risk, and promote the client’s business goals.
Peter’s successful representation of clients in court include representing a local tour company in trademark and cybersquatting litigation against a long time competitor, which, after defeating the competitor’s motion to dismiss, Peter was able to negotiate a favorable settlement resulting in, among other things, the transfer of six infringing domain names. Peter also previously represented a well-known Chicago blogger who was sued by a company mentioned in a posting on the blog. Peter defended the blogger, successfully arguing that the blogger was immune from suit under the federal Communications Decency Act, one of the first, if not the first, case in Illinois in which that immunity was applied to an individual blogger. Peter continued advising the blogger on other lawsuit and publication issues.
Peter also uses his litigation experience to advise clients on the creation and revision of internal policies with an eye towards protecting against future risk. This work has included assisting various companies to review and revise their employee, workplace, and technology policies. His work has also included advising companies on such policies as they expand their business into foreign markets, which requires that company policies reflect and account for the additional privacy and other issues caused by such expansion.
Peter has been selected as an Illinois Rising Star (2012) and an Illinois Super Lawyer (2013-2016).
In the community, Peter enjoys being a team manager for his daughter’s Destination Imagination (a team-based problem solving competition) team, a USA Hockey Level 3 ice hockey coach for his son’s hockey team, and being a participant and coach for triathlons for Team in Training, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Peter enjoys travel, playing hockey, and rooting for Chicago sports teams and the University of Michigan.
Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements
Peter frequently speaks to various business groups and at conferences on Social Media and Data Privacy and Security Issues
Author, BREAKING NEWS: EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement Announced – But Not Yet Approved, FVLD Legal Update, February 2016
Author, The Storm In The Safe Harbor, FVLD Legal Update, November 2015
Author, Data Privacy: Know And Address The Risk Before It’s Too Late, FVLD Legal Update June 2015
Panelist, Data Security, CALSMposium, Chicago, September 2014
Panelist, Cloud Computing & Mobile Devices, The Masters Series for Legal Professionals, Chicago, May 2014
Panelist, Social Media, The Masters Series for Legal Professionals, Chicago, May 2013
Author, New Laws Protect Online Password Privacy, RBMA Monthly Legal Update, March 2013
Panelist, Mobile Devices in Litigation, CALSMposium, October 2012
Presenter, Social Media: The Interplay with Discovery, Lake County Bar Association, Civil Trial and Appeals Committee Seminar, May 2012

Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Education

Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1997), cum laude

University of Michigan (B.A. 1994), with high distinction