"What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know: The Legal Dimension of Enterprise Creation"
Art Mertes a founding Partner of Synergy Law Group (May 2000) and practices in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Finance Law, and Technology & Licensing. Prior to founding the firm, Art held positions as an associate attorney in the mergers & acquisitions practice of Altheimer & Gray and the corporate law practice of a mid-sized business law firm in Chicago. His participation as an associate attorney in the summer program of one of Chicago's former and oldest intellectual property firms, Hill, Steadman & Simpson, instilled a keen insight for intellectual property matters in business and transactions. Prior to his law career, Art gained Fortune 500 sales and distribution experience as a top Technical Salesperson for Ingersoll-Rand Company, which garnered him key insight into distribution models and manufacturing. Art has also participated in numerous legal and business organizations in the Chicago community. Art received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University Of Illinois College Of Law, and a Master of Business Administration, with highest honors for academic achievement, from the University of Illinois College of Commerce, each awarded in 1994, and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois College of Engineering awarded in 1988.