Staff Bios

William E. Rattner, Executive Director

William Rattner has been the Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts since May 2000. Mr. Rattner graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for over 37 years, most recently as a senior partner at Hopkins & Sutter. Specializing in business and litigation, Mr. Rattner practiced in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is also a certified mediator and arbitrator. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law; Columbia College Chicago; Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate Studies Program; and the Graham School of Continuing Studies at the University of Chicago.

Mr. Rattner has served as Chairman of the City of Evanston Board of Ethics; as President of the Chicago Chapter, and a National Director of the American Jewish Committee; and as a Trustee of the Evanston Arts Center. Mr. Rattner is a member of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ Arts Management Service Network and City Arts Grants Review Panel, the Legislative Committee of the Illinois Arts Alliance, Advisory Board of the Chicago Music Commission and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the legal aspects of arts and entertainment and nonprofit corporations.


Marci A. Rolnik, Legal Director

Marci Rolnik joined Lawyers for the Creative Arts in 2004. She has advised clients in all areas of art and entertainment, including intellectual property protection for motion pictures, visual arts, music, dance and literary works. She serves as Chairman of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and formerly chaired the Chicago Bar Association's Media and Entertainment Committee, the Intellectual Property Committee of College Art Association, and the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee of Independent Features Project Midwest (IFP/ Chicago).  

Ms. Rolnik is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago where she teaches entertainment law courses. She lectures widely on copyright law, including rights acquisition and transfer and overall best practices to manage copyright interests in creative works. She formerly taught an ABA certified course on intellectual property at Harper College and student taught a legal ethics course at her alma mater, the Univiersity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Ms. Rolnik earned her juris doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois.