Shanti Sadtler Conway is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Shanti focuses her practice on intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, false advertising, right of publicity, social media, licensing and contract issues. Her practice includes litigation and counseling in connection with a wide range of industries, including consumer products, fashion, hospitality, financial and insurance services, health care and pharmaceuticals, and media and entertainment. Shanti represents clients in a variety of fora, such as in federal and state trial and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, including in high-profile cases that have been featured in the mainstream media, legal periodicals, and trade press. She has been recognized in The Legal 500 and is a frequent speaker and active member of bar associations such as the International Trademark Association, where she sits on the Unfair Competition Committee.

Shanti also represents non-profit corporations and low-income individuals in various pro bono matters, including intellectual property advice, child support cases, asylum applications, and Violence Against Women (VAWA) and U-Visa petitions. She directs the Firm’s NYC Public Service Fellowships and has received the Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award four times for her asylum work.


Thought Leadership


Copyright Litigation Strategies Handbook (ABA Section on Intellectual Property), 2017.

Hey, Those Bits Are Mine: Evolving Theories of Liability in “Web Scraping”: A Practice Update, in SOCIAL MEDIA 2014: ADDRESSING CORPORATE RISKS 313, 2014.

The Second Circuit Holds Commentary Not Required for Fair Use, KIRKLAND ALERT, 2013.

Preservation and Protection in Dance Licensing: How Choreographers Use Contract to Fill in the Gaps of Copyright and Custom, 35 COLUM. J.L. & ARTS 253, 2012.


Presenter, "Picking Your Battles: When and How to Police Your IP Rights," 2019 Copyright, Trademark, Internet & Advertising Symposium, January 24, 2019–February 7, 2019.

Presenter, "The Road Not Taken: Lesser Known IP Claims," 2019 Copyright, Trademark, Internet & Advertising Symposium, January 24, 2019–February 7, 2019.

Presenter, "Advertising in the Age of Social Media," 2019 Copyright, Trademark, Internet & Advertising Symposium, January 24, 2019–February 7, 2019.

Presenter, "Recent Trends in Selective Distribution: A Comparison Between Europe, US and China," Licensing Executives Society Italia and INDICAM, April 11, 2018.

Presenter, "Top Three Things You Need to Know: Copyright," 2017 American Intellectual Property Law Association Mid-Winter Institute, February 4, 2017.


Representation of Converse in Converse, Inc. v. ITC was awarded a “Milestone Case” Award in the U.S. by Managing Intellectual Property, 2019

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States: Trademarks: Litigation, Media and Entertainment, 2018–2019

Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Award, 2012

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2011–2018

Memberships & Affiliations

Kirkland & Ellis NYC Public Service Fellowships

Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Planning Committee

International Trademark Association (INTA), Unfair Competition Committee

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012New York


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.2011

    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

    Executive Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts

  • Boston UniversityB.A., English; B.S., Journalism2007

    English, magna cum laude; Journalism, summa cum laude

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Department Prize for Excellence in English