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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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.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

With integrated expertise across the US, Europe and Asia, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a leader in the copyright space, representing major multinationals such as Epic Games, Oracle, and Take-Two Interactive in high-profile litigations spanning the entertainment, fashion, video games, software and tech sectors. In New York, respected IP authority Dale Cendali, who represented Oracle in the Supreme Court and throughout the long-running Google v Oracle case, heads the practice, bringing deep experience to disputes involving motion picture studios and major celebrities. Claudia Ray handles copyright rate-setting litigation on behalf of clients in music and publishing in New York, while Joshua Simmons provides key support to Cendali on tech and software matters.

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Fielding highly versatile teams working collaboratively across multiple cities, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s formidable practice is especially renowned for its capabilities in business-critical technology disputes before both the state and federal courts. On the West Coast, the Bay Area-based Adam Alper is a seasoned patent and trade secrets litigator with a strong track record representing clients in the semiconductor, telecoms, and pharmaceutical arenas. In Los Angeles, IP trial lawyer Michael De Vries is widely regarded for his work in billion-dollar cases, defending the interests of various blue-chip technology entities, while Diana Torres’ recent highlights include trademark infringement suits and class action litigations in the automotive and cybersecurity sectors. On the East Coast, New York-based Dale Cendali is recommended for her expertise in copyright, internet, and advertising matters, while Washington DC-based Gregg LoCascio is an accomplished litigator in cases related to electrical and mechanical engineering. Also in New York, Claudia Ray is noted for her broad IP capabilities, ranging from pre-litigation strategizing to portfolio management. Chicago-based Gianni Cutri and the New York-based Joshua Simmons are also recommended.

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

Led in New York by intellectual property litigation authority Dale Cendali, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts in high-stakes trademark disputes on behalf of internationally recognized brands including Delta Air Lines and Epic Games. In Los Angeles, Diana Torres represents consumer product manufacturers, fitness service providers and media companies, and Allison Buchner litigates for companies against regulators, competitors and consumers. In New York, further support is provided by Claudia Ray, who specializes in unfair competition claims for clients in tech, aviation, financial services and entertainment, and Shanti Sadtler Conway, who, in addition to appearing high-profile court actions, provides IP counselling for non-profits and low-income individuals.