Ilya Zlatkin

Head of Entertainment & Media Law Practice

Ilya Zlatkin focuses his practice on helping creatives, entrepreneurs, and growing businesses capitalize on their ideas. Since joining Ziliak Law in December 2015, Ilya has served as the head of the Business & Corporate practice and now leads the Entertainment & Media team. In his role as an “entrepretainment” attorney, Ilya seeks to foster his clients’ innovation and growth while simultaneously mitigating their risks.

Ilya has represented clients in a variety of corporate transactions throughout the United States and abroad. In particular, he has leveraged his Belarusian roots, work experience in St. Petersburg, and Russian-language skills to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, and investments related to Eurasian markets.

Within the entertainment industry, Ilya has worked with companies and individuals operating in media ranging from film and television to music and radio. He has counseled clients in matters related to acquiring rights, raising capital, and commercializing intellectual property. He is also an associate board member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, in which he actively participates as a volunteer.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Ilya has practical experience in the fields in which he operates. Prior to joining Ziliak Law, he ran his own law firm and, together with a partner, he also founded a production company, through which they have worked to develop their own screenplays and other creative projects. Ilya’s experiences with his own ventures allow him to relate to the vast majority of his clients – not just with respect to legal issues but also on a more fundamental level.


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  • Education

    University of Richmond, JD

    University of Virginia, BA

  • Practice Areas

    Entertainment & Media Law, Startups, Business and Corporate, Intellectual Property

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  • Professional Memberships

    Chicago Bar Association

  • Activities

    Executive Director: Russophonic Illinois

    Associate Board Member: Lawyers for the Creative Arts

    Advisory Board Member: Creative Cypher

    Associate Member for Legal: Central Asian Productivity Research Center