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Clara Shin
Clara J. Shin
Partner
San Francisco +1 415 591 7058 cshin@cov.com Download V-card

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.

  • Led trial team that won a $34 million judgment for Draper Esprit, Scottish Equity Partners, and a defendant class of former Zeus Technology investors in a software technology and cross-border earn-out dispute.
  • Led trial team that won a unanimous jury verdict against Quiksilver on willful federal trademark infringement, common law trademark infringement, and federal unfair competition claims; punitive damages; and attorneys' fees and costs.
  • Leading trial teams that are defending McKesson Corporation in trade secret cases pending in New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Representation of Microsoft Corporation in breach of contract and copyright infringement suits in various federal courts.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of public companies in SEC investigations, FINRA audits, internal investigations, securities class actions, and derivative shareholder suits.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, Rosenberg Foundation
  • Board Member, National Partnership for Women and Families
  • Former Board Member, Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, United States District Court Northern District of California Historical Society, One Justice, Music National Service, Asian Pacific Fund
  • 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 (2013-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property - Copyright (2013-2015)