About Ham Law
Ham Law is a father-daughter legal team with a hands-on connection to your industry through decades of experience in all facets of music, entertainment, sports, contracts, and business law.
We emphasize personal service and practical solutions that work for your needs and lifestyle, whether you are a touring band, booking agent, startup, established business or otherwise. We are familiar with your perspective and viewpoint, giving us the unique ability to navigate small issues before they become large problems, including but not limited to:
- Contract negotiation and drafting
- Intellectual property (including copyright and trademark issues)
- Business Law
40 years of experience in Entertainment Law. We live in the world of our clients.
Eldon L. Ham has practiced law for four decades and is experienced in contracts, trademarks, trade secrets, business law, entertainment, and sports... Read More
Eldon L. Ham has practiced law for four decades and is experienced in contracts, trademarks, trade secrets, business law, entertainment, and sports. He is an adjunct member of the faculty at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, a tier-one national law school, where where he has taught since 1994 and won the Distinguished Service Award in 2010. He is also the designated legal analyst for WSCR Sports Radio in Chicago and is the author of five books on sports history. The newest release, All the Babe’s Men: Baseball’s Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America (Potomac Books), won a bronze medal in the national IPPY Awards, sports category. His articles have been published by the New York Times, Harvard Law, Berkeley Law, Marquette Law, Seton Hall Law, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and dozens of others.
Eldon Ham was the first lawyer to challenge and change the NFL drug policy in court (Richard Dent v. NFL), and his leading athlete disability case is still featured in law textbooks nationally (Knapp v. Northwestern University). He worked on two projects for Muhammad Ali; was a principal in a trade secret case against a Fortune 500 company; and represented various agents, media personalities, and production companies. He has provided legal work for recording contracts, endorsement contracts, and licensing agreements involving such properties NFL Properties, Major League Baseball, Caesars Palace, CNN, NBA, and National Hockey League.
He has been a widely quoted expert in such venues as the Washington Post, ESPN.com, BusinessWeek, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Christian Science Monitor, and Law 360; and he has been featured on Fox Sports, NPR, WGN Chicago, KFAN New York, WTTW Public Television, all major Chicago news media outlets, and elsewhere.
He has been nationally quoted in such venues as the New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, ESPN.com, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, and many more, and his articles have been published by the New York Times, Harvard University Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Trial Magazine, and others.
He is experienced in licensing and trademarks nationally, and has worked with properties such as the NFL, Major League Baseball, NCAA, CNN, Caesar’s Palace and others. He is the three time past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Law & Literature; he has been featured on radio and television in Chicago and nationally; and he coached Chicago-Kent baseball arbitration teams to second and third place national finishes in 2013 and 2014.
Carla Ham is co-founder of the Ham Law firm, devoted to serving the music and entertainment industry... Read More
Carla Ham is co-founder of the Ham Law firm, devoted to serving the music and entertainment industry. A former entertainer herself, she has lived in the world of her clients, performing on stage with acts big and small from Kid Rock at the Aragon Ballroom, to Reggies Music Joint and dozens of venues in between, giving her a unique perspective into the law by enabling her to anticipate problems before they arise. After years of watching her colleagues struggle to create their art under difficult contracts, she decided to attend law school to help the cause of entertainers everywhere.
Today, Carla is a licensed attorney and graduate of IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law (2011), a tier one national law school. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Northwestern University (2008) and a Masters in Communications and Public Relations from DePaul University (2006). She has held clerkship positions with the Chicago Bar Association, Department of Homeland Security, and a Chicago family law practice, and volunteer positions with various legal aid organizations including CARPLS and Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth. She is presently an associate attorney with Eldon L. Ham PC.
Eldon has been indispensable in negotiating advantageous production deals, helping us navigate complex issues pertaining to fear use, trademarks, copyrights, and related production and development issues... View full testimonial
Adam Rockoff, President
Flash Rock Films
We have had the pleasure of working with our friend and counsel Eldon Ham for many years. Ham Law has represented FlashRock Films for feature films and nationally broadcast television series. Eldon has been indispensable in negotiating advantageous production deals, helping us navigate complex issues pertaining to fear use, trademarks, copyrights, and related production and development issues. Eldon has developed any creative solutions for numerous difficult problems for us. We owe a great deal of our success to Eldon’s hard work, acumen, and experience.
It's very rare you come across someone like Carla. Her genuine excitement and passion about your project is infectious and inspiring. A true muse.
Brad Hayman, Owner
True Blue Studios
Carla Ham is "bilingual." She speaks musician/artist as well as she speaks law, and translates perfectly. Carla in your corner is your advantage.
Dale Watson, Artist
Dale Watson and His Lone Stars
Ham Law was able to use their specific knowledge of the music business to answer all of my questions promptly and thoroughly. I feel confident and secure with the booking contract they have written. I will most certainly turn to Ham Law with any of my music legal needs!
Mary Rodgers, Booking Agent
Mary Rodgers Musics