In 1998 Arnold Lutzker and Susan Lutzker founded Lutzker & Lutzker LLP with the vision of a small, dynamic practice that would specialize in digital age legal issues affecting the creation and exploitation of intellectual property. Coupling the legal skills they had honed over the years with their experience in business and the arts, their goal has been to provide high-quality, personalized legal services to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations in a creative, team-oriented environment.
Carl Settlemyer, also an original Lutzker & Lutzker team member, shared the Lutzkers’ vision. Effective January 1, 2004 he became a partner, and the firm name was changed to Lutzker, Lutzker & Settlemyer LLP. In April 2006 he left private practice to join the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and the firm name changed back to Lutzker & Lutzker LLP. Allison Rapp joined the firm in 2000, followed by Jeannette Maurer Carmadella in 2006. Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Thomas Peterson became of counsel to the firm in 2007 and 2009, respectively, further enhancing the firm’s ability to deliver a full range of intellectual property services, including new media and patent law.
The firm attorneys collectively bring decades of managerial experience in the for-profit and nonprofit world to their legal practice and are oriented toward helping clients resolve problems in a practical, expeditious and cost-effective manner. However, when negotiations break down, we are experienced and tenacious litigators.
Many other lawyers turn to our firm for our intellectual property expertise, advice and support. We pride ourselves on contributing our skills to cutting edge issues but equally value the opportunity to serve clients in their everyday needs.