Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered

Saucier, Brian D.
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With a concentration in commercial litigation including contractual disputes, First Amendment and defamation, privacy, trademark and copyright law, Brian Saucier represents clients in a wide range of speech and intellectual property issues. Mr. Saucier joined Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered in 1994 and became a Principal in 2003. He represents clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Saucier also represents clients in intellectual property transactions, including assignments, domestic and international licensing, and registration and maintenance of trademarks and copyrights. His clients include authors, musicians, sound designers and recording technicians, television networks, filmmakers, producers, content distributors, photographers, graphic artists and fashion designers.  He also counsels clients on e-commerce issues, such as domain name maintenance and protection, website terms of service provisions, adherence to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other Internet-related matters.

Mr. Saucier has represented media clients in a First Amendment challenge to a Chicago Ordinance banning alcohol and tobacco billboards, represented media entities in libel and slander cases and has represented physicians, lawyers, politicians, professionals, businesses and labor organizations in libel, slander and privacy cases. For example, in representing a prominent Chicago law firm, Mr. Saucier, together with partners Paul Levy and Phillip Zisook, successfully asserted the defense of opinion for media statements regarding the "incompetence" of a U.S. Senator's campaign treasurer. The Illinois Appellate Court held that the statement constituted non-actionable opinion and could not support a defamation action. In another case, Mr. Saucier successfully defended a former Chicago Alderman in a defamation case regarding campaign statements made about an opposing candidate, on the basis of the application of the then-newly enacted Illinois anti-SLAPP statute.

In 2008, Mr. Saucier was elected as a Precinct Committeeman for Wheatland Township in Naperville.

 
Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law: J.D., with Honors, 1994
American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing II
American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy
Moot Court Honor Society
Legal Writing Teaching Assistant
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: B.A., Political Science, 1991 
 
Admissions
Illinois
United States District Court, N.D. Illinois
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit 
 
Associations
American Bar Association
Section on Litigation
Forum on Communications Law
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

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