Ms Claudia Ray > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property


Claudia Ray represents clients across a broad range of industries, including technology, consumer products, insurance and financial services, advertising and marketing, transportation, manufacturing, entertainment/media, and fashion/apparel. Representative matters have involved such well-known properties as the Obama “Hope” poster, Harry Potter, Chuck Taylor All-Stars, Colgate Total, Burberry’s plaid, and Travelers’ red umbrella, as well as such diverse subject matter as online content distribution platforms, SaaS products, steak houses, investment funds, Broadway shows, and alcoholic beverages. Claudia regularly appears before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in domestic and international arbitrations, and in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Copyright Royalty Board, the International Trade Commission, and other similar bodies. She also advises clients on their overall IP protection and enforcement strategies, including pre-litigation counseling and IP clearance and prosecution, as well as advising on IP issues in the transactional context and negotiating and drafting IP-related agreements. In Chambers USA, clients call her “business-savvy,” a “leading authority throughout the country and beyond,” and an “outstanding courtroom performer.” She was honored in Managing Intellectual Property’s most recent edition of IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP.


New York University School of Law (J.D., 1992); Macalester College (B.A., 1989, magna cum laude).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the forefront of copyright disputes in the areas of video games, software and social media. Recent examples of the firm’s standing in that space included New York-based practice head Dale Cendali and Joshua Simmons advising Epic Games on the many cases surrounding its video game Fortnite brought by actors, rappers and YouTubers alleging particular incidences of infringement within the game. Cendali and Simmons also represented Oracle in a potentially precedent-setting dispute against Google before the Supreme Court, where the client alleged that Google’s Android platform infringed upon its Java platform. Another key figure in the team is Los Angeles-based Diana Torres, who acted for Cadence Design Systems in a licensing and copyright case against Skyworth Digital Holdings. Also recommended is Claudia Ray in New York, who focuses on issues relating to online music services.

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s copyright, trademark and internet practice is led by Dale Cendali, a market leader in major trademark litigation cases. Recent highlights saw Cendali advising Converse on protecting its iconic Chuck Taylor shoe design through filings before the US ITC against 30 different companies which design similar footwear. Another key figure in the team is Claudia Ray, who often works alongside Cendali in the firm’s largest cases, and has recognized strengths in the entertainment, consumer goods and technology sectors. Diana Torres is a name to note on the West Coast. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Torres routinely acts for major media companies, software developers and consumer products manufacturers.