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  • Belmont University, B.S. Entertainment Industry Studies (2016) cum laude
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. (2020) magna cum laude


  • Illinois

Professional Experience

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    Legal Extern for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, 2018
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
    Global Copyright Coordinator, 2016–2017

Dalton Hughes

Phone: +1 312.840.3253
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611

Dalton Hughes concentrates his law practice on trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition matters. His varied project history with intellectual property businesses allows him to assist clients over multiple industries at any stage of their goals.

Previously, Dalton externed for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, focusing on federal court litigation procedure. In law school, he refined his transactional and client counseling skills while working in the College of Law’s trademark clinic, assisting professional students with their start-up businesses’ licensing and registration.

Dalton’s intellectual property experience comes from a broad background in the media, tech, and entertainment industries. This experience includes copyright and royalty management, brand development, consumer survey research, contract administration, artist management, app development, and computer support.


  • CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Advanced Legal Research; Traditional Knowledge & Folklore in Intellectual Property
  • Pro Bono Notation – University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Illinois Law Review, Managing Internet & Symposium Editor, 2018–2019
  • Vice President, Illinois College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society, 2018–2019
  • Secretary, Illinois College of Law Intellectual Property Law Society, 2018–2019


  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, Member


Admitted to practice: Illinois


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