Shaton C. Menzie

Counsel ( Ann Arbor )

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Bio

An experienced intellectual property litigator trained as a computer scientist, Shaton Menzie takes a practical, results-driven approach to her practice. From large corporations to emerging enterprises and individual creatives and influencers, Shaton’s clients look to her as a strategic advisor and outside general counsel who can help them navigate a range of business and legal challenges.

Shaton centers her practice on high-stakes intellectual property litigation, including work on trademark, copyright, and trade secrets matters. She also handles general intellectual property matters, commercial litigation, and business law issues, with a particular focus on issues including scientific and highly technical concerns. Clients across multiple competitive and highly regulated industries, including banking, consumer goods, professional sports teams, telecommunications, and manufacturing, value Shaton’s ability to communicate complex concepts in clear terms and her business-mindedness and creativity at helping them address issues efficiently and cost-effectively. Small businesses and entrepreneurs look to Shaton to serve as an external general counsel, partnering with them on developing and executing their legal strategy from initial contracts and non-disclosure agreements through business development, contract negotiation, licensing, intellectual property protection, and dispute resolution.

With an academic background in engineering and computer science, Shaton has a deep understanding of the theories and emerging technologies that inform technology policy, intellectual property law, privacy law, and business and contract law. She also has extensive experience handling patent matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and in U.S. district courts.

Shaton speaks at numerous legal and corporate seminars on the basics of intellectual property law, branding, and protecting relevant business, research, and creative assets.

Experience

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a large US bank against a claim of patent infringement of a business method under Section 101. Drafted the winning motion to dismiss brief that was granted by the District of Delaware court. Represented the same client again when the district court plaintiff appealed its loss to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where the District of Delaware win was affirmed.
  • Represented a large international telecommunications company before the Eastern District of Texas court against a claim of patent infringement involving a technology covered by a standard essential patent. The case was successfully settled prior to trial.
  • Represented a car manufacturer in protecting its highly valuable trade secrets in relation to a third-party subpoena received regarding a longstanding patent infringement case between two of its competitors in the Northern District of Illinois court. Drafted the successful motion to quash that ultimately resulted in excluding discovery of the client’s most sensitive proprietary assets.
  • Advised an emerging author on contract negotiations with a major publishing company, including terms regarding derivative rights to movies, television, and merchandising, resulting in a three-book deal.
  • Advised the first Black woman to travel to all the countries in the world on issues regarding publicity rights and defamation concerns to maintain her travel influencer brand and business partnerships.

Credentials

Education

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2013
Black Law Students Association, President, 2011-2012
Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholar, 2010-2013

University of Michigan School of Information M.S., 2006 cum laude,
Multicultural Information Exchange, Founding Board Member

Howard University, B.S., 2004 magna cum laude
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholar, 2001-2004

Bar Admissions

Georgia
Michigan (Pending)
U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Legal Profession (2015-Present)
Committee Co-Chair (2018-2021)
Commitment to Equality Awards Chair (2017)

Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc.
Leadership Conference Planning Committee (2015-Present)
Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (2018)
Logistics Committee Chair (2019)

Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (2013-Present)
Intellectual Property Law Section, Co-Chair (2016-Present)
Professional Development Academy Graduate (Fall 2017)

National Bar Association Commercial Law Section (2015-Present)
Gate City Bar Association (2014-Present)
Association of University Technology Managers (2006-2013)

Honors & Awards

“40 Under 40” Award, Georgia Trend Magazine (2019)
"40 Under 40" Award, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analyst (2019)
"Attorney to Watch," Atlanta Attorney(s) at Law Magazine (2018)
Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Quality of Student Life, University of Chicago Law School (2013)
Earl B. Dickerson Leadership Award, University of Chicago Law School Black Law Students Association (2013)

Publications & Presentations

“You’re My Little Secret: A Trade Secret Primer,” (speaker) PLI’s Intellectual Property for Business Transactions (January 4, 2022)
“Carving Out Space: How Minority IP Lawyers Say They’re Attracting Diverse New Talent,” (interviewee) Law.com Daily Report (October 21, 2021)
“IP for Startups, Pt. 2: What You Need to Know for Your Business,” (speaker) Black Women Talk Tech Virtual Seminar (August 5, 2021)
“Grind Pretty Fest,” (speaker) A Virtual Conference for Women in Business (April 17-18, 2021)
“Intellectual Property and Its Role in Sports Law,” (speaker) New York Law School 11th Annual Sports Law Symposium (April 8, 2021)
“Intellectual Property Law,” (speaker) Georgia State University’s “The Legal Profession” Course (March 29, 2021)
“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Changing Corporate Environment,” (speaker) Ballard Spahr CLE Webinar (February 1, 2021)
“AKAs in Law: Applicant to 3L,” (moderator and speaker) Clubhouse — Miner Hall: Room 1908 (January 27, 2021)
“How to Build Your Business Legal Network as a First Generation Professional,” (speaker) University of Chicago Law School (September 25, 2020)
“2019 Commitment to Equality Awards,” (speaker) State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (May 23, 2019)
“IP Fundamentals: Small Business Considerations,” (speaker) Trailblazer Business Summit, Atlanta, GA (April 13, 2019)
“The Suite Spot: Giving Legal Advice to the C-Suite and In-House Attorneys,” (moderator) Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business 2019 Conference, Washington DC (March 20, 2019)
“Women in IP,” Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys,” (moderator and speaker) Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Atlanta, GA, (October 31, 2018)
“2018 Commitment to Equality Awards,” (speaker and emcee) State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (May 2018)
“Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Day Celebration,” (speaker) Mercer Law School, Macon, GA (April 4, 2018)
“The Ethics of Giving Legal Advice in In-House Corporate Roles,” (moderator) Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business 2018 Conference, Atlanta, GA (March 2018)
“IP Fundamentals: What Autonomous Vehicles Can Teach Us About the Business of Intellectual Property,” (speaker) Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Atlanta, GA (August 10, 2017)
“What Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Means to 19 Black Women from HBCUs and Black Greek Life,” (contributing author) Elle.com (April 17, 2018)
“Recovering Attorneys' Fees for AIA Proceeding,” (co-author) Bloomberg BNA (June 24, 2016)

Community Service

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (2012-Present)
Atlanta Chapter Membership Co-Chair (2015-2017)
Atlanta Chapter Assistant Program Director (2017-2019)
Atlanta Chapter Program Director (2019-2021)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2018-Present), Pi Alpha Omega Chapter Member
Atlanta Women’s Foundation Inspire Atlanta Program, Inaugural Class (2018)