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 2008-2018, with clients describing her as “incredibly effective,” a “leading authority throughout the country and beyond” and a “terrific and wonderful attorney” rapidly making a name for herself as an “outstanding courtroom performer.” World Trademark Review (WTR) 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 five 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 2010-2018 for her trademark litigation work, from 2012–2018 for her copyright work, in the 2017–2018 editions for her media and entertainment work, and in the 2013 edition for her trade secrets work. Claudia was named by Law & Politics Media, Inc. as one of New York’s “Super Lawyers” for 2006-2017 in the area of intellectual property litigation.


Thought Leadership

"Arbitration of International Commercial Disputes," in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (West 2014 & 2015 Supp. (2d ed.)) (Co-author)

"Ethical Issues in Licensing," 2010 Licensing Update (2010) (First author)

"Defining 'Look and Feel' Infringement of Websites," IP Law360 (January 9, 2009)

"Ethical Issues in Licensing," The Licensing Journal (May 2008) (First author)

"Rescuecom v. Google: Second Circuit on Keyword Issue," The New York Law Journal (April 15, 2008) (First author)

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

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 (Oct. 17, 2009)

"Trademarks and Rights of Publicity in the Converged World," Practicing Law Institute (Sept. 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)

Panelist, "How to Assert or Respond to a Fair Use Defense in the Era of Brand Equity," New York County Lawyers Association (January 30, 2006)

Moderator, "Arbitrating Intellectual Property Disputes," ICC International Commercial Dispute Resolution - Flexible Solutions for an Evolving World (September 11-13, 2005)

"ADR in the IP Context: What Practitioners and Clients Need to Know - The New York Convention & The Panama Convention," Arbitration and Mediation Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Association (November 2004)

Memberships & Affiliations

Intellectual Property/Technology Advisory Committee, American Arbitration Association

Copyright Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chair, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee; former member, Entertainment Law Committee, Copyright Committee, Council on Intellectual Property)

Chair, TTAB Task Force, U.S. Subcommittee, Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee, International Trademark Association (former member, Arbitration Committee, Dilution Committee, Amicus Committee)

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


U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of New York

U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits

U.S. Supreme Court


  • 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