Shaton C. Menzie

Associate

menzies@ballardspahr.com
Tel 678.420.9362
Fax 678.420.9301
Atlanta

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.

Prior to Ballard Spahr, Shaton practiced law at two major firms in the Atlanta area. During law school, Shaton was a summer associate at a boutique trademark law firm. In addition, Shaton was a student associate at the University of Chicago’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, where she worked to address systemic sentencing injustices and litigated federal criminal cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Shaton worked as a senior project coordinator for the University of Chicago’s Office of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Representative Matters

  • 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.
  • 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 3-book deal.
  • Advised the first black woman to travel to all of the countries in the world on issues regarding publicity rights and defamation concerns to maintain her travel influencer brand and business partnerships.

Professional Activities

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

National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, 2015-present

Gate City Bar Association, 2014-present

Association of University Technology Managers, 2006-2013

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “How to Build Your Business Legal Network as a First Generation Professional”, University of Chicago Law School, September 25, 2020.

Speaker, "2019 Commitment to Equality Awards," State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, May 23, 2019.

Speaker, "IP Fundamentals: Small Business Considerations," Trailblazer Business Summit, Atlanta, GA, April 13, 2019.

Moderator, "The Suite Spot: Giving Legal Advice to the C-Suite and In-House Attorneys," Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business 2019 Conference, Washington, DC, March 20, 2019.

Moderator and Speaker, "Women in IP," Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Atlanta, GA, October 31, 2018

Speaker and Emcee, "2018 Commitment to Equality Awards," State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, May 2018.

Speaker, "Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Day Celebration," Mercer Law School, Macon, GA, April 4, 2018.

Moderator, "The Ethics of Giving Legal Advice in In-House Corporate Roles," Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business 2018 Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2018.

Speaker, "IP Fundamentals: What Autonomous Vehicles Can Teach Us About the Business of Intellectual Property," Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Atlanta, GA, August 10, 2017.

Recognitions & 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

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

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

Community Activities

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

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)

Georgia

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