Natalie Spears is a trial lawyer and represents clients in state and federal courts across the US in a wide range of matters, including consumer class actions, IP, media and advertising disputes, complex commercial and real estate litigation. She is lauded by clients as “tenacious and pragmatic” and is recognized for her courtroom achievements. As head of Dentons global Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector, Natalie sets direction for the firm’s commitment to exceptional client service.
Natalie’s clients include major global media and entertainment, retail, real estate and consumer products and services companies. Her work and litigation victories were featured in Leading Lawyer Magazine, Top 10 in Illinois, earning a spot on the cover in the "Leading Women Lawyers" edition, March 2015, and as part of the National Law Journal’s "2014 Chicago Litigation Department of Year".
Natalie also is routinely called upon to secure the media's First Amendment rights, often in high-profile cases, including the trials of Jason Van Dyke, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Drew Peterson, Conrad Black, R. Kelly, and the Jennifer Hudson family murders.
A strong believer in a lawyer's responsibility to support the legal aid community, Natalie served in 2013 as the President of the Chicago Bar Foundation, which champions funding and access to justice for those in need of pro bono legal representation, and chaired the Leadership Council for the National Immigration Justice Center for many years. She is currently a member of the Northern District of Illinois’ Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel and a member of the Chicago Inn of Court (having served as President in 2008).
Natalie is a graduate of Michigan Law School and the University of Iowa. She served as a law clerk in 1995 for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy, then-chief judge, of the US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (now on the US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals).