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Hazel Carter

Hazel Carter

MANAGING PARTNER

Admitted to the State Bars of New York, Texas and Illinois.

Admitted to the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of Illinois.

Hazel Carter (maiden name Espinar), founder of Espinar Law, PLLC, has spent over a decade counseling domestic and foreign clients on intellectual property matters. She holds a law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property.

While in school, she clerked for the Illinois Gaming Board and later at a boutique intellectual property law firm where she was hired on as a firm attorney. In 2006, Hazel founded the Espinar law firm and positioned her practice to serve entrepreneurs and established businesses across the country. Over the years she has also served in other capacities including in-house counsel and of-counsel to other law firms.

Hazel focuses on all aspects of trademark and copyright law. She has represented clients before various tribunals including the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, state and federal courts. She advises clients in areas such as trademark and copyright clearance, application and prosecution, IP audits, protection and enforcement, litigation, licensing as well as brand policing and strategic brand counseling and portfolio management. For every client matter, she draws from her extensive experience in a broad range of products and services across industries as diverse as technology, food products, steel, fashion, and architecture to name a few.

For nearly a decade at the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection division, Hazel conducted educational seminars in areas of trademark and copyright law. She has also lectured at the Women’s Business Development Center, SCORE-America’s Counselor to Small Business and Little Village Chamber of Commerce.

Hazel has also provided community pro bono work as Board of Director of a not-for-profit board focused on culture and economics, Board of Director at Art Encounter-a nonprofit art education organization, volunteer attorney at Lawyers for the Creative Arts-a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to the art community and Board of Director of the River North Business Association.

Associations include American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Texas Bar Association and Civil Air Patrol

Hazel enjoys writing a children’s book series, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Joseph Fallon

Joseph Fallon

GENERAL COUNSEL

Admitted to the State Bars of Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Admitted to all Federal District Courts in Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Also, the US Tax Court; US Court of Military Appeals; and the US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Joe Fallon is a highly skilled trial litigator with a career that spans 40 years.  He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas and his LL.M in Labor Law from Georgetown University.  His decades of experience and in-depth knowledge in diverse civil and criminal matters and general litigation give him the versatility, legal skills and business acumen to effectively counsel clients in any area of law.

Joe’s legal career began in the early 1980’s with Shell Oil Company headquartered in Houston, Texas. On assignment in Deer Park Texas and Norco, Louisiana, he worked as a negotiator in its many divisions including the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, the International Longshoreman’s Union, and the Teamsters. After admission to the New York bar, while working full-time at as an associate at Barker, Niellson in Honeoye Falls, New York, he worked part-time as both Deputy Legislative Counsel at the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York and Deputy Public Defender for Livingston County, New York.  Thereafter, he left to become a Trial Assistant District Attorney in Queens, New York. 

In the mid-80’s for ten years, Joe maintained a civil practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where he was first managing attorney for Sentry, Middlesex, Patriot General Insurance Companies in Connecticut, and then as a Partner at Goodhue, Goodhue, Fallon and Gallant in Topsfield, Salem and Reading Massachusetts. He also served as Deputy City Corporate Counsel for the City of West Haven, Connecticut. 

By the mid-90’s to 2007, given his diverse litigation background, he readily transitioned into federal law and gained employment as a Deputy Chief Counsel, Immigration and Naturalization Service, US Department of Justice, New York City. Upon leaving the Department, he returned to private practice working on a variety of litigation matters. In summary, Joe’s trial experience to date includes over 600 Grand Jury presentments, 100 jury trials, 50 non-jury trials, 50 arbitrations, and numerous workers’ compensation hearings and mediations. Joe is a mastery of the court systems at nearly all levels and we are proud to have him join us in protecting and enforcing our clients’ valuable assets.

Joe enjoys traveling, Rotary, reading, boating, and spending quality time with friends and family.