Shaton is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, with a focus on intellectual property litigation. She has litigated multi-million dollar matters in all areas of intellectual property, as well as conducting pre-litigation investigations, developing case strategies, working closely with experts to develop invalidity, validity, non-infringement, and infringement theories, and performing legal research on existing and emerging issues.
Shaton’s experience includes handling patent matters before U.S. district courts, with an emphasis on strategically leveraging parallel cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. As a complement to her patent law practice, Shaton advises emerging businesses on trademark, copyright, trade secret, and general intellectual property and business law issues. She regularly lectures at legal and corporate seminars aimed at educating entrepreneurs, graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematic fields, fellow lawyers, and law students on the basics of intellectual property law, branding, and protecting relevant business, research, and creative assets. Shaton’s pro bono experience includes representing emerging business owners and creatives on a variety of commercial and contractual matters, as well as veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims.
- 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 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.
State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 2015-present; Committee Co-Chair, 2018-2021
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
Recognition & Accomplishments
"40 Under 40" Award, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2019
"40 Under 40" Award, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, 2019
"Attorney to Watch," Atlanta Attorney(s) at Law Magazine, 2018
Speaker, “Intellectual Property and Its Role in Sports Law,” New York Law School 11th Annual Sports Law Symposium, April 8, 2021
Speaker, “Intellectual Property Law,” Georgia State University’s “The Legal Profession” Course, March 29, 2021
Speaker, "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Changing Corporate Environment," Ballard Spahr CLE Webinar, February 1, 2021
Board Memberships & Community Service
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., 2012-present; Atlanta Chapter Membership Co-Chair, 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
Contributing Author. "What Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Means to 19 Black Women from HBCUs and Black Greek Life," Elle.com, April 17, 2018
Co-author. "Recovering Attorneys' Fees for AIA Proceedings," Bloomberg BNA, June 24, 2016
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., cum laude, 2006)
Multicultural Information Exchange, Founding Board Member
Howard University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2004)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit