Biography - Jane Shay Wald


Ms. Jane Shay Wald is a partner emeritus at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, and chair of the firm’s trademark practice group. She counsels, prosecutes and litigates in the Federal Courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers” in LA by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Law 360 has named her an “Icon of IP”. She was named the Los Angeles Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and has been included in the list for over a decade. Ms. Wald has taught trademark law as an adjunct professor at both USC and UCLA.  She is a former president of both the Century City Bar Association and the Los Angeles Copyright Society. Together with David Nimmer, she was counsel on the briefs for Dastar Corp., the prevailing party, in the Lanham Act case Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 (2003). Last year, Ms. Wald received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Century City Bar Association. Since 2000, Ms. Wald has led a weekly IP MCLE seminar at the firm called “The Sleep Learning Institute,” named for the original breakfast start time. A frequent speaker and writer on trademark law topics, Ms. Wald prefers to practice law in rhyme whenever possible.