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Alan Singleton


Alan is a founder and the Managing Partner of Singleton Law Firm. He has more than 25 years of experience working with entrepreneurs to develop legal solutions for companies at all stages of development and build their international intellectual property portfolios. Clients appreciate Alan’s ability to see the big picture and give comprehensive advice with both legal and business considerations in mind.

Alan’s practice is focused on corporate formation and transactions(including angel / venture capital investment rounds and mergers and acquisitions), intellectual property (technology licensing, trademark, and patent matters), and real estate.

A double alumnus of the University of Illinois, Alan maintains close ties with the University community. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence advisor with the University of Illinois Research Park and has been a guest lecturer for various STEM schools at the University. He has established a reputation as one of the leading advocates for technology transfer and startup companies in East Central Illinois. In recognition of his work, Alan received the Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award from the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation.  

Alan serves on the board of directors of numerous not-for-profit organizations aimed at promoting local businesses, children’s sports, and community development.

Areas of practice

  • Business Entity formation
  • Equity incentives (stock options, restricted stock)
  • Funding rounds (angel and venture capital investments)
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Succession Planning
  • Technology Licensing
  • Trademark prosecution (USPTO, WIPO – Madrid System)
  • Patent prosecution (USPTO, WIPO – Patent Cooperation Treaty)
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate (sale and purchase, zoning)
  • Not-for-profit corporations (formation, tax exempt and public charity status)


  • Juris Doctor, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology, University of Illinois College of Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (patent practitioner)

Representative Experience

  • Represented a software platform company in its sale to a global private equity firm
  • Represented an innovative Life Sciences company in Series Seed, Series A and Series B equity sales and related securities filings, including with respect to international investors
  • Represented a major local produce company in succession planning and a sale to a strategic buyer
  • Represented and formed a venture capital fund with up to $100,000,000 in limited partnership interests and related securities
  • Represented a software company in the sale of AI technology worth $100,000
  • Represented a hardware company in an intergenerational transfer of a business
  • Established numerous not-for-profit corporations and assisted them in obtaining tax-exempt and public charity statuses
  • Maintains an ongoing registration service for more then 300 companies

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Sections on Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Science and Technology Law
  • Illinois State Bar Association: Sections on Corporation and Securities Law and Intellectual Property Law
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

Community Involvement / Activities

  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Illinois Research Park
  • Adjunct faculty, the University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Board member, past President, Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Guest lecturer, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, University of Illinois Enterprise Works business incubator, College of Engineering & GIES College of Business, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Mentor, EDC/techCommUnity
  • Board member, Mahomet Area Kids Endowment Foundation, Mahomet Seymour Soccer Club, Mahomet Community Foundation, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation’s High Tech Advisory Committee

Liz Kellner


Elizabeth (Liz) Kellner is a co-founder of Singleton Law Firm, P.C. and brings valuable experience and perspective to her role as Entrepreneurship Specialist/Paralegal.  

Since Liz joined the Champaign-Urbana community more than 20 years ago, she has been involved with the local technology community in multiple capacities.  Liz was involved at the ground level with technology commercialization at the University of Illinois in her role at the Technology Commercialization Lab (TCL) where she started in a temp secretarial role and grew to assistant business manager. TCL was the original technology business incubator at the University of Illinois and the precursor to the current incubator, EnterpriseWorks.  

Following her work at TCL, Liz served as Coordinator and then Executive Director of techCommUnity, a local not-for-profit organization designed specifically to assist with the growth of the local technology community.  In those roles, Liz met on a regular basis with technology companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and University officials to provide assistance and nurturing to the technology community.  She oversaw and assisted in the organization and implementation of such programs as techStart (an all-day event designed to provide information to technology companies getting started), techMix, and the techCommUnity mentoring program. She is actively involved in the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, where she previously served as both a Board member and the Chair of the Technology Committee.

Because of her intimate association with the tech community, Liz has an understanding of the issues and challenges that entrepreneurs face and is uniquely qualified to identify obstacles and opportunities facing our clients.  She is regarded as an advocate and resource for the local technology community, and she offers this expertise and a non-legal perspective to our work on their behalf.

In addition to her involvement in the tech community, Liz spends time giving back to the CU community as a whole. She served as the Urbana High School Band Booster President, and currently volunteers with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Habitat for Humanity.

Diana Bikbaeva

Law clerk

Diana is a law clerk with Singleton Law Firm and a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas and works under the supervision of Alan Singleton, who is licensed in Illinois.

Diana leverages her multi-jurisdictional experience in big consulting and boutique law firm environments to provide tailored legal services with a big picture in mind. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, corporate transactions, funding, and business immigration. Diana is passionate about the intersections of law and technology and is a featured author on Lexology and The Fashion Law. She does pro bono work with the American Bar Association and the Immigration Project.

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