Saira Alikhan Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Saira  Alikhan

Saira Alikhan

Attorney at Law

Chicago
Illinois
Licensed in
IL
Loyola University Chicago College of Law
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About
As an attorney that has practiced for almost fifteen years, my passion for my craft has provided me with experience in many areas of the law. I have proven myself as flexible and ready and willing to dive into any situation. I enjoy music, the arts, technology and politics, and have been fortunate to service entrepreneurial clients in each area. My experience as a lead trial attorney in 3 successful federal jury trials and experience as a business advisor, provide me unique insight into the needs of my clients. My clients can trust that I will work tirelessly to get the job done and get it done right.
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5.0
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"Saira is an incredibly smart, diligent, and hardworking lawyer. I first worked with her professionally in 2016 related to a music licensing company I was trying to buy in a bankruptcy liquidation auction. I brought Saira on to fill a vital role as in-house counsel. I was impressed by her knowledge of intellectual property rights law and music publishing coupled with her deep experience as a litigator. With her on the team I was able to raise the necessary funds from a group of seasoned investors to participate in the auction. Ultimately the buyer paid more than we thought the assets were worth, so we all moved on to other projects. I was so impressed with Saira after working with her on the music licensing company matter that I hired her this year to help me set up a new company and serve as primary counsel. She has helped with vendor contracts, revenue share agreements, forming an LLC, updating investor docs, advice on intellectual property issues, our privacy policy, and more. I look forward to working with her in the future. I strongly recommend Saira."

General Counsel Matters
Posted on Nov 28, 2018
Clear Communication
Response Time
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"Saira is an incredibly smart, diligent, and hardworking lawyer. I first worked with her professionally in 2016 related to a music licensing company I was trying to buy in a bankruptcy liquidation auction. I brought Saira on to fill a vital role as in-house counsel. I was impressed by her knowledge of intellectual property rights law and music publishing coupled with her deep experience as a litigator. With her on the team I was able to raise the necessary funds from a group of seasoned investors to participate in the auction. Ultimately the buyer paid more than we thought the assets were worth, so we all moved on to other projects. I was so impressed with Saira after working with her on the music licensing company matter that I hired her this year to help me set up a new company and serve as primary counsel. She has helped with vendor contracts, revenue share agreements, forming an LLC, updating investor docs, advice on intellectual property issues, our privacy policy, and more. I look forward to working with her in the future. I strongly recommend Saira."

General Counsel Matters
Posted on Nov 28, 2018

Work History

Get Loud Now

General Counsel

Mar 2017 - Present

Provide all legal services for a technology start-up company with a political activism mission. Draft contracts for employment including executive compensation, operating agreements, founder’s agreements, artist agreements, white label agreements and SAAS agreements. Advise senior management regarding minimizing business risk and legal implications.

Mar 2017 - Present

SJA Law Group

Founder

Oct 2015 - Present

Solo practice focused on providing affordable entertainment and business legal services to musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Secure and protect intellectual property ownership rights though trademark and copyright registration, enforcement, and third party oppositions. Draft and review contracts for services and agreements regarding music ownership and licensing.

Oct 2015 - Present

Amin Talati & Upadhye

Associate

Jun 2013 - Oct 2015

Represented plaintiff and defendant, dietary supplement, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and cosmetic and clothing manufacturer litigants in all aspects of trademark and commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, trademark/trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and false advertisement claims in state courts, federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Jun 2013 - Oct 2015

State of Illinois, Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General

May 2009 - Jun 2013

Defended state of Illinois employees and agencies against Section 1983 actions involving alleged civil rights violations in Illinois federal courts. Counseled state departments regarding policy compliance and regulatory issues pertaining to state and federal law. Saved the state of Illinois millions of dollars with reasonable settlement agreements and favorable no-liability judgments.

May 2009 - Jun 2013

Dentons

Associate

May 2008 - May 2009

Defended Fortune 500 corporations against employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims at the agency level and in federal courts. Counseled on a class action lawsuit involving the Age Discrimination in Employment Act for a fortune 500 company.

May 2008 - May 2009

Doherty & Progar

Associate

Jul 2007 - Mar 2008

Represented insurance companies defending personal injury matters involving first and third party actions for premises liability, automobile liability in Illinois state courts. Defended small business companies in employment discrimination matters at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Jul 2007 - Mar 2008

City of Chicago

Assistant Corporation Counsel

Dec 2005 - Jul 2007

Represented the City of Chicago in prosecution of employee and police officer discipline, misconduct and termination hearings and employment discrimination claims. Solely conducted over 30 administrative evidentiary hearings with successful results. Defended City of Chicago departments in employment discrimination matters.

Dec 2005 - Jul 2007

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