Ms Michelle Kahn > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property, Corporate and Business Trial


Ms. Kahn focuses on all aspects of trademark and copyright law.


Ms. Kahn’s practice includes clearance and counseling on the adoption of trademarks domestically and worldwide, global strategic branding support, prosecution of trademark applications in the United States and internationally, domestic and international enforcement of trademarks, trademark and copyright litigation, trademark licensing, and copyright counseling. Ms. Kahn manages the worldwide protection & enforcement of her clients intellectual property portfolios using a large network of foreign associates. She designs long-term strategies for securing and maintaining maximum protection and value for clients’ intellectual property assets. Ms. Kahn has extensive experience in the federal courts, in contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in matters pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has longstanding experience in the resolution of Internet related disputes and in the supervision and management of large trademark portfolios for clients in a broad range of industries, including those of Intel Corporation, Intuitive Surgical, Varian Associates, Inc., Thoratec Corporation, and Bare Escentuals, Inc. Ms. Kahn’s experience includes corporate and transactional matters including the negotiation and preparation of intellectual property and licensing agreements, as well as conducting intellectual property due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions.


Member, California State Bar Association; Member, International Trademark Association (“INTA); Member, Copyright Society (“CS”); Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”); Member, Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association; Member, Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections, California Bar Association; Member, Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections, San Francisco Bar Association


J.D., University of San Francisco, 1986, summa cum laude; B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1982, summa cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

At Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, co-head Laura Chapman and Michelle Kahn obtained a preliminary injunction for Newmark Realty Capital prohibiting Newmark & Co from using ‘Newmark’ as a trademark for commercial mortgage services. Another high-profile engagement for Chapman saw her defend RockStar Hotels from a claim by Hard Rock alleging that the client used a lookalike name and website to give the impression that it was connected to the Hard Rock Café brand. In New York, Ted Max is representing Chanel with a claim of false advertising and unfair competition against What Comes Around Goes Around and other defendants. Named attorneys are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.