Scott Kaspar is an engineer, lawyer, father and husband who is worried the American Dream he has experienced is at risk and drifting away from future generations.
A product of the wonderfully distinct communities within Illinois 6th Congressional District, Scott’s abiding respect of family, history, service, and the ways education and initiative shape a successful life is deeply rooted and begins in many ways in a blacksmith shop operated on 63rd and Halsted by a great-great-grandfather and founder of Englewood.
Scott’s great-grandfather, Judge Thomas Ehler (an inaugural graduate of Chicago-Kent Law School in 1901) called Beverly home as he served for three decades as a Republican Chicago judge. During the Great Depression, Judge Ehler acquired the Claire Manufacturing Company on Vincennes.
Ray Evans, a University of Chicago Econ and Law graduate, employed world-class education when he founded Claire-Sprayway, in 1955, growing it into a leading manufacturer of aerosol products and supplier of heritage brands available at home improvement or grocery stores.
Scott’s greatest inspiration is his father Val, a Latvian immigrant who along with his siblings, risked everything to escape the Soviet Union to arrive in America with only what he could wear or carry.
In 1960, at the time he became a naturalized U.S. Citizen, Val took a job with Claire-Sprayway, and rose to run the company for decades. He also met Scott’s mother Ariel, and together they raised Scott, his brothers and sister in Oak Lawn, then later in St. Charles, where Scott went to high school.
Publicly educated, Scott’s love for STEM disciplines took root in high school when he attended a physics course at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. His continued interest in hard sciences drove Scott to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Scott won full scholarship to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Upon graduation Scott joined Henry Pratt, where he designed and built the prototype of a positive lock for a butterfly valve (subject of U.S. Patent No. 6,598,850), an experience sparking his interest in patent law, and his decision to earn a Juris Doctor from Iowa’s Drake University.
Scott is recognized as a top attorney in intellectual property counseling and litigation with a record of handling and winning hundreds of cases in federal courts across the country. His pioneering practice model – leveraging technology and relevant experience to provide comprehensive counseling to clients quickly and at a fair price – has inspired other boutique firms to follow suit and helping propel patent law as a top-growth field, especially for legal specialists with backgrounds in STEM education.
As a Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. Kaspar has counseled clients with respect to a wide array of technologies, including communications; control systems and electronic devices; automotive and vehicles; banking and finance; hydroforming processes; food processing; consumer appliances and products; farm equipment and agriculture; and software and computer-implemented methods.
Mr. Kaspar is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, and California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Scott’s legal career spans matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and dozens of federal district courts throughout the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, and the Northern District of Illinois. He served as defendants liaison counsel in the Central District of California in one of the largest multi-district patent litigations of all time. In addition to his multi-state practice, Scott is also president of a commercial real-estate company specializing in the fitness space, and owner of SPENGA, Geneva.
A leader in his community, Scott is a Commissioner of the Orland Park Police Pension Fund Board, and the Orland Park Ethics Commission. Other organizations Scott supports include Sigma Tau Gamma where he serves as Director and Secretary of the Board, the Republican National Committee, the Heritage Foundation, Curetivity, a non-profit dedicated to pediatric cancer research, and Turning Point USA, which promotes youth leadership.
Scott and his wife, Dr. Beth Damas, have called the wonderful community of Orland Park home since 2012, deciding to raise their family there because of its great schools, churches, sports, and youth programs. The Kaspar family is active in St. Michael Parish and School.