Drive two miles southwest of Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park and you’ll find yourself where it all started: a small fabric store on Roosevelt Road, where Dima Budron’s passion for fashion design began to take shape. It was here where Dima discovered her love for designing clothing and embarked on her journey as a protector of creativity.
Dima’s love for finding interesting and unique fabrics was developed through her early college years, as she shopped through various fabric stores in the Chicago area. She dabbled in designing women’s clothing and later found her niche in making men’s ties and redesigning vintage apparel. Little did she know, she would later have her own design lab at home, equipped with the tools and sewing machines she needed to explore her skills and create special, one-of-a-kind items for her friends and loved ones. She even started a men’s tie and accessory line, cut short only by her need to focus on her graduate studies at DePaul University.
But most importantly, it was through this first-hand experience that Dima discovered the importance of protecting the creative journey. With the investment in fabric and tools, not to mention time, it can be very expensive to turn creative imagination into something tangible. It’s a risky journey with no guarantee of a successful outcome. How awful to contemplate the disaster of any idea being stolen or inadequately valued. This is why Dima left fashion design and went to law school – she wanted to help protect creative ideas. While she still designs in her free time, Dima now focuses on helping clients attain adequate protection of their intellectual property. In the end, Dima has stitched together a seamless understanding of how important it is to protect the creatives.
Dima S. Budron is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office. She has worked with a variety of under-served clients on copyright and trademark matters, including but not limited to copyright duration analysis, copyright clearance and fair use analysis, copyright registration, and assisting small business owners with obtaining and defending trademarks. Dima also has experience in drafting amicus briefs, corporate bylaws, and client letters, negotiating and reviewing contracts, conducting legal research, writing memorandums, and drafting opinions for judges at the Federal Circuit and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
- Negotiate and review contracts.
- Assisted Civilian Board of Contract Appeals judges by conducting legal research, writing memorandums, and drafting opinions for construction contracts disputes and civilian employee relocation claims pursuant to the Contract Disputes Act, Federal Acquisition Regulation, and Federal Travel Regulation.
Other Career Experience
- Student Attorney, WCL Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic
- Summer Associate, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
- Legal Intern, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Law Clerk, U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2017; Order of the Coif, summa cum laude
DePaul University, M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013; with distinction
DePaul University, B.A., Psychology, 2008; cum laude