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Clara Shin is a first-chair trial lawyer who specializes in intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. She co-chairs the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, which The American Lawyer named as the California Litigation Department of the Year.

Clients frequently call on Ms. Shin in late stages of litigation to take matters to trial or reorient the strategic direction of a case. According to one client, “Clara combines exceptional intelligence with strategic business focus in a way that sets her apart from other top trial lawyers.” Recognized as a litigation “Game Changer” by The Recorder and for delivering one of California’s top verdicts by the Daily Journal, she has helped to make law in emerging areas by litigating landmark cases, including winning an appellate ruling defining the scope of software licensing and the first sale doctrine under copyright law. Ms. Shin’s recent trial and arbitration victories include a complete dismissal of a $1.4 billion trade secret and breach of contract claim, a complete defense win in a trade secret dispute where the plaintiff sought damages of nearly half-a-billion dollars, and a unanimous jury verdict and punitive damages award in a trademark infringement trial.

  • Led trial team that obtained a complete defense victory for a McKesson Corporation subsidiary against a trade secrets plaintiff seeking damages of nearly half a billion dollars, and successfully argued the ensuing appeal.   
  • Lead counsel for Uber Technologies, Inc. in various commercial lawsuits and arbitrations, and recently secured a federal district court order dismissing all claims brought by an Argentina-based plaintiff and granting Uber monetary sanctions. 
  • Led litigation team that won two dismissals for Poly in a trademark infringement lawsuit, including a Court dismissal of all claims and then a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff of the second amended complaint.
  • Led trial team that won a unanimous jury verdict against Quiksilver on willful trademark infringement and federal unfair competition claims; punitive damages; and attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Lead counsel for McKesson Corporation in a $190 million breach of NDA and trade secrets lawsuit that was successfully resolved.    
  • Lead counsel for Microsoft Corporation in a breach of license agreement and copyright infringement case where Microsoft won a summary adjudication ruling on its contract claim and defeated a Second Circuit petition for a writ of mandamus and motion to stay enforcement of the summary adjudication ruling.
  • Lead counsel for Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. and Abbott Laboratories in securing a precedential affirmance by the Federal Circuit of the district court’s denial of attorneys’ fees.
  • Representation of Autodesk in a successful Ninth Circuit appeal of an adverse ruling regarding the Copyright Act's first sale and essential step doctrines.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Rosenberg Foundation
  • Former Board Member, Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, National Partnership for Women and Families, ACLU of Northern California, United States District Court Northern District of California Historical Society, One Justice, Music National Service, Asian Pacific Fund
  • Daily Journal, "Top Women Lawyers" (2019)
  • BTI Consulting Group, "Client Services All-Stars” (2017-2018) 
  • The Recorder, Litigation "Game Changer" (2017) 
  • Daily Journal, Top 100 Women Lawyers (2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation, "National Litigation Star" (2018-2019)
  • Benchmark California "Litigation Star" (2018-2019)
  • Daily Journal, Top Intellectual Property Attorneys (2014)
  • Daily Journal, Top Verdicts (2013-2014)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women (2015)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2019)
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property - Copyright (2013-2017) and Dispute Resolution - Appellate - Supreme Court (2017)