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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 extensively on the topic of equine law. Her presentations include:

  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," Purina Professional Horse Owner Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, May 2018

  • Co-presenter, "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability & Minimizing Risk," University of Minnesota Equine Extension Program Webinar, March 20, 2018
  • "Equine Law 101: Everything You've Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask," HITS Thermal, Thermal, California, March 10, 2018
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Your Liability for Equine Activities," Illinois Horse Fair, Springfield, Illinois, March 3, 2018
  • "Minimize Hazards at the Barn and Horse Shows," Illinois Horse Fair, Springfield, Illinois, March 2, 2018
  • "Equine Law 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask," Five Ring Stables, LLC/Carter Eventing, Citra, Florida, February 27, 2018
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding and Minimizing Risk of Liability in Equine Activities," United States Dressage Federation Young Rider Graduate Program, Wellington, Florida, January 2018
  • "Understanding Equine Law and Liability," Spruce Creek Trails Association, Jamestown, TN, October 20, 2017
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Liability Risk" and "Equine Law Contracts: Get It in Writing," Lawline webinars, October 2, 2017
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," Purina Professional Horse Owner Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, August 2017
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," Purina Professional Horse Owner Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, September 2016
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," Purina Professional Horse Owner Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, May 2016
  • "Equine Law 101 — Important Legal Tips All Professional Horsemen Need to Know," American Quarter Horse Association 2016 Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2016
  • "Protecting Your Passion: Understanding and Utilizing Equine Law to Minimize Your Liability Risk," Purina National Ambassador Meeting, Wellington, Florida, January 2016
  • "Legal Issues for Equestrians and Equine Businesses: Protecting Your Passion by Understanding Equine Law to Manage Liability Risk," United States Dressage Federation Young Rider Graduate Program, Wellington, Florida, January 2016
  • "Equine Law 101," North Phoenix Bar Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 9, 2015
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," Purina Professional Horse Owner Meeting, St. Louis, May and September 2015
  • "Establishing Canadian Equine Syndicates," No Boundaries Educational Program, Florida Horse Park, Ocala, Florida, April 8, 2015
  • "Transitioning Your Passion to Your Practice and Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," George H. Morris Gladstone Program, Annali-Brookwood Farm, Antioch, Illinois, June 2014
  • "Transitioning Your Passion to Your Practice and Understanding Equine Activity Liability and Minimizing Risk," George H. Morris Gladstone Program, Hamilton Farm, Gladstone, New Jersey, May 2014
  • "Understanding Equine Activity Liability Exposure and How to Minimize Your Risk," Fox River Valley Pony Club Horsemasters Unmounted Clinic, Barrington Hills Riding Center, Barrington Hills, Illinois, April 2014
  • "Equine Law 101," 2014 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program, Wellington, Florida, January 2014
  • "Equine Law 101," Chicago Bar Association Animal Law Committee, Chicago, November 2013
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding and Preventing Equine Activity Liability," Dover Saddlery, Libertyville, Illinois, May 2013
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding and Preventing Equine Activity Liability," United States Eventing Association Area IV Annual Meeting, Barrington, Illinois, March 2013
  • "Equine Law 101: Understanding and Preventing Equine Activity Liability," Southern Kettle Morain Horse Trails Association, Palmyra, Wisconsin, March 2013
  • "Understanding and Developing Horse Syndications," Eventing Owners Task Force Reception, Rolex Three Day Event, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2012
  • "Equine Law 101," 2012 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program, Wellington, Florida, January 2012
  • "Smart Business Practices for the Eventing Professional," United States Evening Association Annual Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2011
  • "Equine Law 101," McHenry County Horse Club, Woodstock, Illinois, November 2011
  • "Equine Law 101: Reducing Personal & Financial Risks in Equine Activities," and "Understanding Horse Syndications So You, Too, Can Enjoy the Ride," Equestrian Lifestyle Expo & Holiday Market, Grayslake, Illinois, November 2011
  • "Equine Law 101," Southern Illinois University Equine Science Department, Carbondale, Illinois, November 2011 and March 2011
  • "Equine Law and Estate Planning," Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida, February 2011
  • "Syndicating Horses," EquestrianProfessional.com live webinar, February 2011
  • "Equine Law 101: Reducing Liability Risk in Equine Activities," NARHA 2011 Illinois State Meeting, Poplar Grove, Illinois, January 2011
  • "Smart Business Practices for the Eventing Professional," United States Eventing Association Annual Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2010
  • "Equine Law," Hinshaw and Northern Trust's Equine Law and Estate Planning Seminar, Barrington Hills, Illinois, August 2010
  • "Equine Law Seminar," Illinois Horse Fair, Springfield, Illinois, March 2010
  • "Equine Law 101," Southern Illinois University Equine Science Department, Carbondale, Illinois, February 2010
  • "Legal Aspects of Abandoned Horses," University of Illinois Extension Abandoned Horses Conference, live teleconference, October 2009
  • "What Is Illinois Equine Law About?" University of Illinois Extension Kankakee County Stable Owners and Stable Managers Workshop, Kankakee, Illinois, March 2009
  • "Reducing Risks in Equine Activities," Equestrian Lifestyle Expo & Holiday Market, Arlington Park, Illinois, November 2008
  • "Francis Field Equine Law 101," New Lenox, Illinois, November 2008
  • "Equine Law 101: Reducing Your Risk of Liability in Equine Activities," Trail Riders of DuPage, Wheaton, Illinois, March 2008
  • "Ethics Law for the Equine Lawyer," 22nd Annual National Conference on Equine Law, Lexington, Kentucky, May 2007
  • "Equine Law 101: Learn How to Protect Yourself from Liability and Loss," 2007 Illinois Horse Fair, Springfield, Illinois, March 2007
  • "Mediation Preparation and Employer Strategies," Hinshaw's Effectively Dealing with Current Labor & Employment Issues seminar, Oak Brook, Illinois, November 2006
  • "Equine Legal Issues and Equine Insurance," Horse promoters seminar, Orland Park, Illinois, April 2005
  • "Hot Topics in Equine Law," Purina Mills Horse Owner's Workshop and Equine Law Seminar, West Chicago, Illinois, March 2005
  • "The Equine Activity Liability Act and Insurance for Equine Activities," Alfred Rubin Center, Naperville and New Lenox, Illinois, January 2005

Publications

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

  • "Trainers and Owners: Same Team, Different Rules?" October 2012
  • "Liability Under the Animal Control Act: Was the Horse Provoked and Does It Matter?" February 2009
  • "What Happens When . . . My Horse Gets Loose and Causes Damages or Injuries to Other People or Property?" June 2007
  • "Home Is Where Your Horse Is—But Is Homeowner's Insurance Enough?" April 2007
  • "Write Before You Ride: A Few Useful Tips on Horse Trailering Agreements," May 2006
  • "Understanding Barn Liability for Injury to Boarded Horses—The Three B's," November 2006
  • "Litigate or Mediate? How Should You Resolve Your Equine Related Dispute?" January 2006
  • "Trainer? Coach?: Who Are You and Why Should You Care? Understanding the Trainer Responsibility Rule," September 2005
  • "Release and Indemnification Agreements for Minors: A Major Concern," June 2005
  • "How Can My Care Live on?—Answers to Your Questions About the New Illinois Pet Trust Law," February 2005
  • "It's a Small World After All: Equine Issues Across State Lines," December 2004
  • "Take It Outside—Resolving Equine Legal Disputes out of Court," July 2004
  • "To Lien or Not to Lien: Recovery for Unpaid Equine Related Services," March 2004
  • "Is Your Horse Attractive in Illinois," January 2004
  • "How to Own Your Own," November 2003
  • "Fearful Forms: The Dangers of Unedited Liability Releases," October 2003
  • "Insure Against Insurance Mistakes," September 2003
  • "How the Law Becomes the Law, and the Implications of Kush v. Wentworth," July 2003
  • "Get It Insured," June 2003
  • "An Introduction to the Illinois Equine Activity Liability Act," April 2003

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