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Hinshaw attorneys represent individual horse owners; trainers; breeders; riding, boarding and training facilities; veterinarians; and other equine industry players in a wide range of litigated and transactional matters.

Our firm assists clients to litigate and resolve equine-related claims for personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and various other legal issues. We also draft contracts for horse purchases, sales, leases and commission arrangements, and create equine liability releases for boarding and training facilities, trainers, transporters, and other individuals and entities sponsoring or participating in equine activities.

Hinshaw also establishes horse syndicates for multi-owner partnerships. We support riders and their horses to help them achieve the highest levels of national and international competitions for a fraction of the cost of individual ownership. Since 2011, Hinshaw, through attorney Yvonne Ocrant, has established over 100 horse syndicates, with many of those horses and riders finding their way to the Olympic podium representing the United States in their respective disciplines, and most finding owners that would not have been possible without the syndication structure developed at the firm.


Our Equine Industry Group members also provide equine law consultations to major equine insurance providers and conduct structured mediations on behalf of insurance companies, individuals, corporations, associations, partnerships and other equine industry entities in need of expedited and cost-efficient dispute resolution.

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As a representation of our firm's knowledge of the equine industry, a partner in our Chicago office and leading equine law attorney, Yvonne Ocrant, annually presents at the National Equine Law Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, the premier seminar for equine professionals.

Yvonne is also the author of "HEADS UP!," a monthly column on various equine law-related issues published in the Scribe, a monthly magazine sponsored by the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association. Her articles are available online at www.idcta.org. In addition, Yvonne is the author of "LEGAL BITS," a monthly column responding to equine law-related questions and issues in From the Horse's Mouth, a monthly magazine.

Finally, to give back to the equine community, Hinshaw—through Yvonne—provides pro bono legal services for the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) in Woodstock, Illinois. She is also a member of the Advisory Counsel for the Horsemen's Council of Illinois.

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