Claudia Ray is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s IP Department. She represents clients across a wide range of industries, including entertainment and media, financial services, technology, and consumer products, in litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings involving copyright, trademark, Internet, contract/licensing, and trade secret issues. Claudia also advises clients on pre-litigation issues, IP issues arising out of corporate transactions and licensing matters, and overall IP protection and brand-building strategies, including the registration, maintenance and policing of their trademark and copyright portfolios.

Chambers USA has ranked Claudia as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2008–2024, with clients describing her as “incredibly effective,” a “leading authority throughout the country and beyond,” “business-savvy and everything clients want,” and a “terrific and wonderful attorney” rapidly making a name for herself as an “outstanding courtroom performer.” World Trademark Review magazine has recognized Claudia every year since its inaugural ranking of the leading law firms and individual practitioners in the area of trademark law. Claudia has been named to “IP STARS” by Managing Intellectual Property for the last seven years, and was honored on the publication’s 2019 list of “Top 250 Women in IP.” She also has been recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. from 2010–2023 for her trademark litigation work, from 2012–2023 for her copyright work, in the 2017–2023 editions for her media and entertainment work, and in the 2013 and 2019–2022 editions for her trade secrets work. Claudia is an active member of several professional legal bodies, including the International Trademark Association’s Bulletins Committee, she currently chairs the New York City Bar Association’s Copyright Committee, and previously chaired its Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee. She frequently lectures and publishes on IP-related issues.


Thought Leadership


Contributing Editor, “Chambers Global Practice Guide: Trade Secrets,” Chambers, 2020

Co-Author, “Arbitration of International Commercial Disputes,” Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (2nd ed.), 2014 & 2019

First Author, “Drafting the Demand Letter and the Complaint,” Copyright Litigation Strategies ABA, 2017

First Author, “Find and Share the Knowledge: U.S.” The Copyright Lawyer, Spring 2017

First Author, “Graham v. Prince: Appropriation Art,” The Copyright Lawyer, Fall 2016

“Ethical Issues in Licensing,” Licensing Update, 2010

First Author, “Rescuecom v. Google: Second Circuit on Keyword Issue,” The New York Law Journal, April 15, 2008


Panelist, “Cracking the CFIUS Code: Challenges to IP Rights in CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Direct Investment Transactions,” New York City Bar Association (May 14, 2020)

Panelist, “Famous and Furious: The Right of Publicity: State Laws, Celebrities and Social Media,” ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law IP West 2019 (October 2, 2019)

Panelist, “Uncle Sam Wants Your Innovation, Not Your IP,” ABA Section of International Law International Startup and Emerging Companies Forum (September 13, 2019)

Panelist, “Fair Use or Not Fair Use, That Is The Question,” ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (April 20, 2018)

Panelist, “Where Was the Board? Where Were the Lawyers? Averting Ethical Crises in Multi-National Enterprises,” ABA Section of International Law (April 18, 2018)

Panelist, “Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement: Remedies,” Practicing Law Institute (January 20, 2017)

Panelist, “Emerging Legal Challenges in the United States and India: IP Rights Under U.S. Government Contracts,” ABA Section of International Law (April 29, 2017)

Panelist, “Luxury Brand & Retail Forum USA 2016,” Managing Intellectual Property (April 19, 2016)

Panelist, “Careers In Intellectual Property Symposium,” NYU Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law (March 28, 2016)

Speaker, “Trademark Licensing Issues,” New York City Bar Association (January 12, 2016)

Panelist, “Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review,” IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (September 24, 2015)

Panelist, “Best Practices in Brand Protection Strategy in the New gTLD Era,” ABA’s 29th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference (April 2014)

Moderator, “Copyright, Trademark and Other IP Rights in the Social Media Context,” New York City Bar Association (December 3, 2013)

Panelist, “Arbitration Strategy in IP/Technology Disputes,” American Arbitration Association (May 15, 2013)

Panelist, “Down the Runway: A Day of Fashion Law,” New York County Lawyers’ Association (February 8, 2013)

Panelist, “Copyright Fair Use: Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest One of All?,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting (August 3, 2012)

Panelist, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Appropriation: Contemporary Art After Cariou v. Prince,” New York City Bar Association (December 13, 2011)

Moderator, “Copyright and Trademark Licensing,” New York City Bar Center for CLE (October 11, 2011)

Panelist, “IP Litigation Considerations for Advertisers,” ACI (April 28, 2011)

Panelist, “Fair Use and Visual Art,” New York State Bar Association (April 26, 2011)

Panelist, “Head in the Cloud, Feet in the Rules of Professional Conduct: Managing the Ethical Risks to Lawyers from Web 2.0 Technologies, Portable Devices, and Cloud Computing,” American Bar Association Webinar (March 3, 2010)

Panelist, “Engaging in International Arbitration and Other ADR Approaches for Trademark Disputes,” American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting (October 17, 2009)

“Trademarks and Rights of Publicity in the Converged World,” Practicing Law Institute (September 9, 2009)

Panelist, “All’s Fair that Ends Fair -- A Survey of Fair Use In Patent, Trademark and Copyright,” American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Meeting (May 14, 2009)

Panelist, “Fifth Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration: How to Handle Intellectual Property and Telecommunication Cases,” International Commercial Arbitration Program, American University (October 29, 2008)

Panelist, “How to Be at the Top of Your Game as an ADR Advocate - Best Practices in ADR Advocacy for Intellectual Property Cases,” ABA Annual Meeting (August 8, 2008)

“Winning Cases in Federal Court: Electronic Discovery,” New York County Lawyers’ Association (June 9, 2008)

“Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2007: Ethical Issues in Licensing,” Practicing Law Institute (November 12, 2007)

Memberships & Affiliations

Advisory Board Co-founder and Member, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, New York University Law School

Intellectual Property/Technology Advisory Committee, American Arbitration Association

Chair, Copyright Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chair, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee)

Bulletins Committee, International Trademark Association (former Chair, TTAB Task Force, U.S. Subcommittee, Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee; former Member, U.S. Amicus Subcommittee)

Trademarks and the Internet Committee and Special Committee on Copyright and New Technologies; Intellectual Property Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1993New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.1992

    Journal of International Law and Politics

    NYU Advocates for the Arts

  • Macalester CollegeB.A., Economics & Businessmagna cum laude1989

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Omicron Delta Epsilon