Jeanne M. Hoffmann

Managing Capital Member

Jeanne is the managing capital member of Downey & Lenkov LLC. Jeanne concentrates her practice in intellectual property and business litigation and transactions. She handles all facets of business and intellectual property litigation and has extensive experience handling diverse matters in both the state and federal courts. Jeanne has represented clients in protecting their intellectual property by providing clearance opinions for trademark filings, preparing copyright and trademark applications and prosecuting matters in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In the trademark, copyright, trade dress and trade secret areas she has litigated cases involving controlled circulation publications, software, products for automotive testing, original artistic works and compilations and the right of publicity. In the commercial litigation area, she has litigated cases involving governance issues and disputes pertaining to condominiums and associations, UCC sales contracts, franchise agreements, distributorship agreements, non-competition agreements, business and contract interference torts and insurance coverage. Her transactional work includes negotiating and drafting licenses, sales and marketing agreements, and agreements for the purchase and sale of businesses and assets.

DID YOU KNOW: My sons play in a rock/punk band.

  • Education:

    • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
    • B.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:

    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • National Association of Professional Women – Chicago Chapter
  • Seminars & Presentations:

    • “New Illinois Marijuana Law Update,” Lorman Education, July 2020
    • Construction Industry COVID-19 Return to Work Issues,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2020
    • “Construction Contract Law from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, December 2019
    • Construction Industry MBE, WBE & DBE Certifications,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2019
    • “Forecast For 2018,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, January 2018
    • “Forecast For 2017,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, November 2016
    • “Additional Insured Coverage,” Practicing Law Institute, November 2016
    • “Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance,” October 2015
    • “Insurance Coverage – Construction Defect Update,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, November 2014
    • “Intellectual Property, Basics for Business,” National Association of Professional Women, February 2013
    • “Pollution Coverage, I Spilled Something, Now What?,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, November 2012
    • “Social Networking for Businesses,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, June 2011
    • “Recession Year 2, Business Problems & Legal Solutions – Risks and Rewards of Social Networking for Businesses,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, April 2010
    • “Running Your Business in a Difficult Economy: What is Intellectual Property and How Can I Protect It?,” Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, March 2009
    • “Design Law for Illinois Architects and Engineers – Selected Provisions in Commercial and High Tech Contracts,” HalfMoon LLC, April 2007
    • “Peotone Airport: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going! and Environmental Risks and Eminent Domain – Minimizing Real Estate Risks,” AECRE Regional Program, September 2006
    • “What You Need To Know About Intellectual Property and Electronic Document Retention Policies,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2005
    • “Insured Coverage and Insurer’s Right to Recover Cost of Defense of Non-Covered Claims,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, February 2005

Chicago, Illinois 312-377-1501 | Crown Point, Indiana 219-488-2590
Indianapolis, Indiana 219-488-2590 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 312-377-1501

Chicago, Illinois

312-377-1501


Crown Point, Indiana

219-488-2590


Indianapolis, Indiana

219-488-2590


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

312-377-1501