Clara Shin is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. Clients frequently call on her when they need to replace counsel before trial or when they need to turn cases around. According to one such client, “Clara combines exceptional intelligence with strategic business focus in a way that sets her apart from other top trial lawyers.” Recognized for delivering one of California’s top verdicts by the Daily Journal and as one of California’s top intellectual property lawyers, Ms. Shin has helped to make law in emerging areas by litigating and trying landmark cases, including winning an appellate ruling defining the scope of software licensing and the first sale doctrine under copyright law. Ms. Shin’s most recent trial victories include a $34 million judgment for a class of venture capital funds in a software contract dispute and a unanimous jury verdict and punitive damages award in a trademark infringement trial.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Shin served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff, and she also helped to design and launch the AmeriCorps national service program.