About Us

About Us / Our Service Philosophy

Charles B. Brown founded CorpLaw Associates LLC in 1998 to provide legal solutions to companies in an improved and innovative way.

We created and use the Law Department MethodSM to represent our clients. We believe the Law Department Method is the best way to provide overall legal services to companies. Using our substantial Law Department experience, we have created the CorpLaw way to provide legal services to small and mid-size companies.

Using our special law practice method, we are private practice attorneys who act as your Law Department.  We can bring the Law Department advantage to any size company, not just America’s biggest companies.

The most important criterion is to provide legal recommendations that are highly relevant to the business. To do that, CorpLaw Associates’ attorneys come to clearly understand your products, industry and competitors. This knowledge allows us to then consider the business impact of a legal problem, before making the optimal recommendation.

We also provide our services through our groundbreaking On-Site Counsel ServiceSM where we come to your offices to provide legal services.  When we do this, we act as if we are your Law Department. One of our clients referred to us as their “virtual Law Department”.

Charlie Brown has is a highly experienced IP and corporate attorney who has practiced in senior Law Department roles, including as general counsel. We are capable of handling a wide variety of matters for companies.

Many of our clients are in the Chicago, northern Cook County and northern suburban area, including Lake County, Illinois, but we serve clients nationally and internationally.  In intellectual property law, many of the laws are federal or national law thus allowing us to serve clients throughout the United States regardless of the clients’ geographic location.

Cities served include Northbrook, Evanston, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Glenview, Skokie, Morton Grove, Deerfield, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Mundelein, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Bensenville, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Addison, Itasca and Lincolnshire.  We of course serve cities and villages located outside of Chicago in downstate Illinois in Rockford, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Decatur, Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Aurora, Freeport, Waukegan, Naperville, Macomb, Danville, Matoon, Alton, Olney, Mt. Vernon, Carbondale, Normal, Edwardsville, Moline, and Cairo.

Our services are delivered in an environmentally-conscious, eco-friendly method.

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Our Service Promises

We will provide our clients’ companies with the highest quality service and support modeled after America’s Best Companies and Law Departments.

The best service practices of inside counsel are utilized, combined with unparalleled service and a complete understanding of our clients’ businesses, to facilitate optimal client legal and business decisions.

Our clients receive these benefits:

Business-Focused Advice Address your questions as business issues containing legal components.
Knowledge Come to clearly know your business, products, competitors and industry.
Speed Prompt response and project turnaround.

Project Management Establish goals, timetables and budgets.

Availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


These principles are utilized to deliver the best service to you:

  • Informed risk-taking
  • Creative in achieving your business goals
  • Proactive-identify problems early
  • Communicate in plain language
  • Explain all the alternatives and the financial consequences of each alternative
  • Prevent problems before they happen
  • Cost-effective

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