Clara J. Shin

San Francisco

Practice Area: IP & IP Litigation

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  • 2017
  • 2019
All Star


“Ms. Shin is an innovative thinker and a great strategist.”
“She's my top choice for any important IP litigation matter.”


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 $1.8 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.

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. She also helped to design and launch the AmeriCorps national service program.

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