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Christina (Tina) Martini is an intellectual property lawyer and co-national hiring partner at Chicago’s McDermott Will & Emery law firm and specializes in trademark, copyright, domain name, Internet, social media, advertising, unfair competition and entertainment law. With 25 years of experience in the legal profession under her belt, Christina hosts her own podcast called “Paradigm Shift” which focuses on the intersection between business and law. Christina is also a co-host of WGN Radio’s “Legal Face Off,” one of the nation’s premier legal shows. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Industrial Engineering, Christina pursued her law degree at Northwestern University and graduated in 1994.


  • Where entry level law opportunities are for undergraduates and recent law school graduates, including at firms, company law departments and judicial clerkships
  • Why emotional intelligence, grit, collaborative, and a ‘fire in the belly’ are among the skills hiring managers look for in leading candidates
  • How a background in science or engineering coming out of college can provide you with an extra boost if you want to pursue intellectual property law 
  • Why experience as a waiter, waitress or bartender can help teach you the “client-service orientation” that makes great lawyers
  • Why attending the most academically challenging and rigorous law school you get into may be a better choice than the school that has a lower price tag
  • How One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School
  • by Scott Turow and the movie The Paper Chase accurately depict the field of law
  • Why you should tune in to T4C episode #170 to learn more about what Christina does in her current job and how she built her career 
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