Lawyers

Klaus U. Thiedmann  began his career in international and commercial law in 1980 with the law firm of Rossbach & Kirchner in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  In 1984, he became associated with the Chicago law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas.  In 1988, he founded Hemisphere Legal Services, Ltd. which in 1996 was merged into the law firm of Thiedmann & Edler.  He was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and speaks German, French and English.  He studied at the University of Frankfurt, the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, Cornell University and Northwestern University.  Having obtained a law degree in West Germany and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University, Mr. Thiedmann is admitted to both the German and Illinois State Bars and is authorized to practice law in several of the EU countries and before the authorities of the European Union, including the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium.  He has spoken at seminars concerning various aspects of doing business in the U.S. and in Europe and is the co-author of a treatise on advertising law in the U.S. and Europe.  He is a Fulbright International Scholar and recipient of the German Foreign Office Award.  Mr. Thiedmann concentrates his practice on the representation of local and foreign clients with international requirements, with a special emphasis on the representation of European companies and their subsidiaries in the U.S., including foreign investment in the U.S., U.S. investment abroad, international trade and related matters.  In addition, he advises U.S. businesses entering and expanding in Europe, represents European clients on boards of directors of U.S. companies.  During the last 30 years he has been involved in more than 100 mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing foreign and domestic companies and/or their stockholders.

Sheila Minihane earned her law degree from University of Michigan law school in 2000, where she focused on asylum and refugee law, and her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1995. She has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law, first at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, IL, and then as a partner with the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in Louisville, KY in the Immigration Practice Group. In 2014 she joined the law firm of Thiedmann & Edler, and continues to practice exclusively in the area of U.S. federal immigration. Sheila’s practice is focused on employment-based immigration, including advising and guiding U.S. and international employers and their foreign national employees through the U.S. immigration temporary and permanent residence sponsorship process. In particular, she has extensive experience navigating companies who are establishing new operations in the U.S. on the immigration options for the transfer of international employees. Sheila also represents businesses on issues related to I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance and government audits. She assists individuals and families in family-based sponsorship and naturalization cases. She has extensive experience representing clients across industries, including institutions of higher education, in the healthcare sector, manufacturing, engineering, information technology and financial services. She assists clients throughout the United States and internationally.

Alan B. Samlan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School.  His professional experience includes acting as Group Patent Counsel for several divisions of Bell and Howell Company and over thirty years in private practice.  During this time he has advised companies of all sizes in all aspects of intellectual property law including patent and trademark clearance, securing protection of intellectual property rights, licensing and technology joint ventures.  He is of counsel to the firm.

David J. Hurley holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He was a member of the John Marshall Law Review and an Article Editor. He is experienced in patents and trademarks and has handled various prosecutions, appeals, oppositions, and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He is also experienced with copyrights, unfair competition, licensing, internet, and other technology related matters, as well as commercial real estate transactions.  He is of counsel to the firm.