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, Gaming & 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.
Articles, Publications & Press Mentions
Quoted, “Four Factors Driving Forum Shopping in US Trademark Litigation,” Managing Intellectual Property, November 12, 2021
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.
Panelist, "Hot Topics in IP," 2021 ChIPs Global Summit, October 27, 2021.
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.
Named a "Sports, Gaming & Entertainment Law Trailblazers” by The National Law Journal, November 2021
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
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2012New York
- 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
- 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