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An active participant in equine activities, Yvonne Ocrant uses her extensive knowledge of the industry to help individual horse owners; trainers; breeders; veterinarians; farriers; and riding, boarding and training facilities with their legal issues. She represents individuals and entities in claims involving the Equine Activity Liability Act, personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation and other legal issues. Yvonne also drafts contracts for horse purchases, sales, leases, breeding arrangements, syndicates, and commission payment terms, and creates equine activity liability releases for boarding and training facilities, trainers, transporters and other individuals and entities providing, sponsoring or participating in equine activities.

Yvonne further adds value for her clients by advising them on a full range of labor and employment matters. She represents clients with issues involving all types of federal and state discrimination laws, breach of fiduciary duty/confidentiality agreements, the Equal Pay Act, FMLA, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. She also counsels on unemployment matters, and has defended a number of client cases before the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and Federal courts.

Additionally, Yvonne advises clients on actions under state contract and tort law including: retaliatory discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, interference with contract, fraud, and invasion of privacy. She also represents title insurance underwriters, agents, mortgage brokers and lenders in resolving claims and litigating cases over title insurance issues.

Professional Background

Yvonne was instrumental in the September 2011 update of the stable keepers lien section of the Illinois Innkeepers Lien Act, 770 ILCS 40/49. The revised law replaced the state's statute on liens against boarded horses, which originated in 1897.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
  • Eventing Riders Association of North America
    • Secretary
    • Board of Directors
    • Law & Legislation Committee, Chair
  • American Bar Association
    • Animal Law Section, Equine Law Subcommittee, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member

Presentations

Yvonne speaks regularly on risk management and liability issues confronting participants throughout the equine industry. Some of the organizations and events she has presented before include, among many others:

  • 22nd Annual National Conference on Equine Law
  • Alfred Rubin Center
  • American Quarter Horse Association Annual Convention
  • Chicago Bar Association Animal Law Committee
  • Dover Saddlery
  • Equestrian Lifestyle Expo & Holiday Market
  • EquestrianProfessional.com
  • Eventing Owners Task Force Reception
  • Five Ring Stables, LLC/Carter Eventing
  • Fox River Valley Pony Club Horsemasters Unmounted Clinic, Barrington Hills Riding Center
  • George H. Morris Gladstone Program
  • Hinshaw and Northern Trust's Equine Law and Estate Planning Seminar
  • Hinshaw's Labor & Employment Seminar
  • HITS Thermal
  • Horse Promoters Seminar
  • Illinois Horse Fair
  • McHenry County Horse Club
  • NARHA Illinois State Meeting
  • New Lenox
  • No Boundaries Educational Program, Florida Horse Park
  • North Phoenix Bar Association
  • Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
  • Purina Mills Horse Owner's Workshop and Equine Law Seminar
  • Purina National Ambassador Meeting
  • Purina Professional Horse Owner Meeting
  • Purina Professional Horse Owner VIP Meeting

  • Southern Illinois University Equine Science Department
  • Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trails Association
  • Spruce Creek Trails Association
  • Trail Riders of DuPage
  • United States Dressage Federation Young Rider Graduate Program
  • United States Eventing Association Annual Convention
  • United States Eventing Association Area IV Annual Meeting
  • University of Illinois Extension Abandoned Horses Conference
  • University of Illinois Extension Kankakee County Stable Owners and Stable Managers Workshop
  • University of Minnesota Equine Extension Program

Publications

Equine Activity Liability Acts

Other Laws Impacting the Equine Industry

Equestrian Olympic Sport Issues

Author of "HEADS UP!" articles on various equine law related issues published from 2003‒2012 in Scribe, a monthly magazine sponsored by the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association. Yvonne's articles include:

Personal

Yvonne continues to actively train and compete in the equestrian sport of Three-Day Eventing with her off-track Thoroughbred gelding. Yvonne trains along-side her husband, who is also her full-time trainer, with his Oldenburg gelding. She trains in Ocala, Florida December through April, and broadened her practice as a licensed Florida attorney in an effort to continue both her training and client representation during the winter months.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Provides pro bono legal services for the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society in Barrington Hills, Illinois
  • Horsemen's Council of Illinois, Advisory Counsel and Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • Eventing Riders Association of North America, Member of the Board of Directors

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1999

  • Executive Editor, DePaul Law Review

B.A., Northern Illinois University, 1995