Golan & Christie Attorneys at Law

Beverly A. Berneman

Beverly A. Berneman

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Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property
Reorganization and Bankruptcy


  • Trademarks, Copyright, Trade Secrets, Registrations, Rights Protectionand Related Litigation
  • Audits of Intellectual Property and Development of Intellectual Property Management Programs
  • Licensing, sales and purchases of Intellectual Property Assets
  • Financing Development of Intellectual Property


  • 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

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 1985

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Personal Affiliations

Beverly is a member of several legal and professional organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Copyright Society of America
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

Career Highlights

Beverly joined Golan & Christie in November 2010. Previously, she 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.

She is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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.


  • Search, Inc. (an agency assisting and training developmentally disabled adults) – Board of Directors
  • Board of Jewish Education – Board of Directors
  • Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (assistance in processing and coordinating services for abused children) – Board of Directors

“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.”