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Legal Face-Off is a fast paced, high energy legal program dealing with the hottest issues of the day.  Rich Lenkov and Christina Martini provide a legal point / counterpoint perspective on breaking legal news.

Rich Lenkov is a partner at Bryce Downey & Lenkov, handling entertainment law, general liability and worker’s compensation. Christina Martini is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, focusing her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law. Pitting these two against each other in a one-hour program provides insightful and explosive entertainment each week. Tune in and join the fun.

Rich Lenkov

Rich has co-hosted Legal Face-Off since 2013, and is a legal analyst for several WGN shows including The John Williams Show, The Download on Chicago Business and The Roe Conn Show.

Rich brings a killer instinct and unparalleled focus to his legal practice. He is consistently recognized for his outstanding litigation results by clients such as United Airlines, McDonald’s, Macy’s, Dollar Tree and the Chicago Bears.

He has received a number of industry accolades, including Illinois Leading Lawyers from 2012-2020, Super Lawyers from 2015-2019—a designation given to less than 5% of Illinois attorneys—and honored by SEAK as one of the 50 Most Influential People In Workers’ Compensation.

Rich received the top score for Target Corporation’s nationwide panel of general liability attorneys, naming him their Bullseye Barrister for outstanding jury trial and other results. He is also a frequent lecturer and involved in a number of national organizations, including:

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • ClaimsXchange
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

An active member of his community, Rich serves on organizations such as Legal Prep Charter Academy’s Advisory Board and Northern Illinois University College of Law’s Advisory Board. In addition to his full time practice, Rich is a prolific producer with credits including Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel; ’85: The Greatest Team In Football History, starring Barack Obama, Bill Murray and Mike Ditka; and Renegades, a live show in Las Vegas starring Terrell Owens, Jose Canseco and Jim McMahon.

Bryce Downey & Lenkov is a full-service law firm with offices in Chicago and Schererville, IN. Practice areas include general liability, entertainment, workers’ compensation, professional liability, intellectual property and entertainment law. For more information about Rich and Bryce Downey & Lenkov, please visit

Christina Martini

Tina is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising and unfair competition law.  She has extensive experience in counseling, prosecution, enforcement, due diligence and licensing matters. She successfully assists clients in protecting their intellectual property rights through litigation and other means, including the courts and uniform dispute resolution procedures.

Prior to joining McDermott, Tina was a partner at an AmLaw 100 global firm where she practiced for nearly 25 years. She held a number of key leadership roles, including serving as the firm’s National Hiring Partner-Associate Recruiting, sitting on the firm’s Executive and Policy Committees, serving as chair of the Chicago Intellectual Property Practice and serving on its Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, among other roles.

Tina has received numerous professional accolades, including an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and being selected for many years as one of America’s leading intellectual property attorneys by various legal publications, including Chambers & Partners and World Trademark Review.

In addition to her full-time practice, Tina is an author, columnist, legal analyst and podcast host, and she frequently shares her thought leadership with respect to current issues and trends impacting both the legal and business landscapes through various media outlets.

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, it has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Further extending its reach into Asia, it has a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai. To contact Tina and to learn more about McDermott Will & Emery, visit