Claudia Ray


Kirkland & Ellis

Claudia Ray is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s IP Litigation 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 provides pre-litigation counseling and advises on IP issues relating to of corporate transactions and licensing matters as well as overall IP protection and brand-building strategies, including the registration, maintenance and policing of trademark and copyright portfolios.  Chambers USA has ranked Claudia as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2008–2022, with clients describing her as “incredibly effective” and a “leading authority throughout the country and beyond,” providing “thoughtful, creative, and thorough advice and counsel.”  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 2010–2022 for her trademark litigation work, from 2012–2022 for her copyright work, in the 2017–2022 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, and previously chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Copyright Committee and Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee.  She frequently lectures and publishes on IP-related issues.