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JON L. FARNSWORTH is a partner at Spencer Fane in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He utilizes his MBA/JD degree to counsel clients, particularly privately-held companies, through complex business transactions, brand protection and technology matters. Mr. Farnsworth uses a common-sense, practical approach to simplify and navigate tricky legal issues. He is a recovering litigator who builds on a wealth of experience, including multiple trials and appeals, to help advise clients about the realities and pitfalls of litigation. He is the former chair of the Technology Law Section at the Minnesota State Bar Association, recipient of the LegalCorps Volunteer of the Year Award, and is consistently recognized by SuperLawyersÂ® as a top technology transactional attorney. His clients range from entrepreneurs to established enterprises with international brand recognition. Mr. Farnsworth received his B.A. degree in political science, with honors, and B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College. He also received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from St. Thomas School of Law and his M.B.A. degree from St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
GEORGE J. SPATHIS is a partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago. A seasoned trial lawyer, he has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in a broad array of commercial disputes throughout the country, concentrating in matters involving contracts, corporate/partnership ownership and governance, trade regulation and unfair competition, supply/distribution chain disputes, and bankruptcy/creditors’ rights. Mr. Spathis also serves as outside general counsel to a number of companies, closely held entities, and entrepreneurs, working closely with his clients on protecting their business assets, managing their business risks, and solving their business problems. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he graduated with high honors and Order of the Coif. Mr. Spathis was named by Chicago Lawyer as one of the City’s Leading Lawyers and Leading Commercial Litigators, and is consistently recognized by his peers for his legal ability and ethical standards.