Overview

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 both counseling clients and litigating on their behalf, from trial through appeals and in a variety of fora. Shanti has been recognized by Law360 as a “Rising Star” and “Legal Lion,” by The National Law Journal as a “Sports & Entertainment Trailblazer,” The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Week,” and in The Legal 500. She sits on the Unfair Competition Committee of the International Trademark Association, is the Secretary of the Copyright and Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and is on Law360’s Media & Entertainment Editorial Advisory Board.

Shanti also represents non-profit corporations and low-income individuals in various pro bono matters, including intellectual property advice and immigration matters relating to LGBTQ+ and HIV+ asylum claims and domestic violence-based petitions. She directs the Firm’s NYC Public Service Fellowships, is a member of the Board of Directors for Immigration Equality, and has received the Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award four times for her asylum work.

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Thought Leadership

Articles, Publications & Press Mentions

Co-Author, “How Close Can You Get: Substantial Similarity in the Context of Works of Visual Art,” The Rutledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century, 1st Ed., 2021.

Co-Author, “Why Trademark Filings May Be on the Rise at the USPTO,” World IP Review, December 24, 2020.

Quoted, "CSR Brand License Clauses Need Close Inspection, Lawyers Say." Managing Intellectual Property, September 3, 2020.

Quoted, "Copyright Owners Hope New Report Will Bring Tech to the Table." Managing Intellectual Property, May 29, 2020.

Quoted, "Kirkland's 'Bionic Women' Don't Mind Taking on the Boys," The American Lawyer, April 22, 2019.

Contributor, ABA Section on Intellectual Property, Copyright Litigation Strategies, March 2017.

Co-Author, "Hey, Those Bits Are Mine: Evolving Theories of Liability in ‘Web Scraping’: A Practice Update," Social Media 2014: Addressing Corporate Risks, February 2014.

Co-Author, "The Second Circuit Holds Commentary Not Required for Fair Use," Kirkland Alert, 2013.

Author, "Preservation and Protection in Dance Licensing: How Choreographers Use Contract to Fill in the Gaps of Copyright and Custom," Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, July 3, 2012.

Seminars

Guest Speaker, "Video Games & Intellectual Property," UCLA School of Law class “Esports: The Legal and Business Evolution," January 8, 2021.

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.

Recognition

Named a "Rising Star" for Media & Entertainment by Law360, 2021

Named a "Sports & Entertainment Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, October 2020

Recognized as a "Litigator of the Week" by The Am Law Litigation Daily, June 6, 2020

Recognized as a “Legal Lion” in Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs, Law360, June 4, 2020

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, 2011–2020

Memberships & Affiliations

Law360’s Media & Entertainment Editorial Advisory Board

International Trademark Association (INTA), Unfair Competition Committee

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

New York City Bar, Copyright and Literary Property Committee

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012New York

Courts

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

Education

  • 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