Criswell, Jacqueline A. Senior Counsel

Criswell, Jacqueline A. Senior Counsel

Practice Focus

Jacqueline Criswell chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property group and has been a commercial litigator for more than 28 years. Her practice focuses on the handling of complex litigation with an emphasis on bankruptcy, intellectual property, Internet-based  liability, advertising matters and professional liability. She is a frequent lecturer on trademark, trade dress, copyright, patent and Internet claims. Jackie also provides counseling on cyberspace and electronic technology issues. She is the editor of the firm’s Internet and Intellectual Property Law Update, a quarterly newsletter.

Jackie has represented large corporate debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings for a premier bankruptcy boutique firm.  She has served on numerous creditors committees and counseled lenders and other creditors in workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors, as well as protecting their interests in plans of reorganization.  Her bankruptcy practice currently focuses on counseling creditors when their customers file bankruptcy, including obtaining critical vendor status, as well as defending preference and fraudulent conveyance actions.  Her clients include manufacturing and service companies, as well as insurers. 

Jackie has achieved an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence. She has also been selected for inclusion on the Illinois Super Lawyers® list nine times, most recently in 2019. Jackie was recently selected as a 2019 Illinois Leading Lawyer. Jackie acts as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, the National Futures Association and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and is admitted to practice in a number of federal courts throughout the country.


Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm in 1984, Jackie represented large corporate debtors in bankruptcy proceedings for a premier bankruptcy boutique firm in Chicago.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • The Copyright Society of the USA, Member
  • International Trademark Association, Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member
  • Federal Trial Bar, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member