Columbia Law School
JD, 2013

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Staff Editor, Human Rights Law Review

Dartmouth College
BA, 2008, cum laude



Robert Shames


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Robert Shames is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Mr. Shames participated in the firm’s summer associate program in 2012.

Mr. Shames is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as a staff editor on the Human Rights Law Review.  While attending law school, Mr. Shames advised New York City charter schools in regards to compliance with admissions and governance regulations. In addition, he worked as a fellow at the Center for Public Research and Leadership, an organization that provides legal expertise to school districts and education non-profits.

Practice Focus

Intellectual Property Litigation: complex patent infringement litigation and trade secret litigation within the technology, software and life sciences industries.

Government Enforcement & Compliance:  represents individuals and corporations in government and internal investigations and related litigation, including healthcare fraud, government contracting violations and securities fraud.

Healthcare:  assists in representation of healthcare providers in handling compliance and regulatory problems and developing business solutions.

Complex Commercial Litigation:  assists in representation of leading corporations and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation.

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully defended marketing intelligence company in patent, trade secret and Lanham Act litigation related to advertising data analysis product.
  • Initiated and facilitated trademark opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Assisted in representation of leading data storage company in misappropriation of trade secrets and non-compete litigation.
  • Represented individual executive of major pharmaceutical company in large, multi-year federal investigation into securities fraud and sales and marketing practices.
  • Assisted major pharmaceutical company in internal compliance investigation implicating the federal anti-kickback statute.
  • Assisted in representing major healthcare institution in responding to federal subpoena and investigation.
  • Successfully assisted pro bono client with special needs in returning to school after an improper suspension.

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Shames is a member of the American Bar Association. He participates in the firm’s pro bono program and is active with the Citizen Schools program, leading legal apprenticeship sessions with local middle school students.

Prior to law school, Mr. Shames worked as a Corps member at the MATCH Charter Public High School, where he tutored several students and managed the school’s literacy program.



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