Securities Counsel / William R. Black, JD, LLM, MBA – Mr. Black holds a Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, in Business and Psychology and a Master’s degree, with honors, in Marketing and Finance from the University of Denver, and is a member of the Mu Kappa Tau honorary fraternity. He received a Doctorate in Law, with honors, from Western State University, and an LLM, with honors, in International and Comparative Law from the Santa Clara University Law School Center for Global Law and Policy. Currently, he serves as a Professor of Law at the Chapman University Law School and the Executive-in-Residence of its entrepreneurship center.
Mr. Black is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US Court of International Trade, the California state and federal courts, and is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He serves on the US State Department Subcommittee on Economic Sanctions and is the Chair of the International Business Law Division, the Aerospace and Defense Industries Committees, the National Security Law Committee, and the Corporate Counsel Committee of the American Bar Association.
Intellectual Properties Counsel / Samuel T. Creason – Mr. Creason received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, graduating as a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. He is licensed to practice in Idaho and Washington, and is also a licensed Patent Attorney. He maintains a practice primarily focused on civil litigation and business advising, although his practice also includes patent, copyright and trademark protection and select felony defense.
Mr. Creason is an attorney with Creason, Moore, Dokken & Geidl, PLLC. He came to the firm after serving as a law clerk for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Creason’s civil litigation practice includes government liability, personal injury cases, creditor’s recovery, contract disputes, land and timber disputes, wills and trusts litigation, civil rights claims, and patent litigation. In addition to trial work, Mr. Creason routinely practices in front of the Idaho Supreme Court.
General Counsel / James A. Raeon – Mr. Raeon received a Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, from the University of Buffalo and a Jurist Doctorate Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. While a law student, he volunteered for the Night Prosecutor Program in Chillicothe, Ohio and after graduation moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
He was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho from 1979 to 1985. In 1985 he went into private practice with the firm Dodson and Raeon and currently maintains said practice.
Mr. Raeon’s general practice involves civil and criminal litigation, business formations, and dissolutions, estate planning, contract formations, real estate and miscellaneous domestic relations matters.