Shanen R. Prout

Shanen R. Prout

Counsel to the fashion, digital media, restaurant, and retail industries

Los Angeles, California
12 years
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Practice Areas
Business Formation, Contract Drafting & Review, Employment & Labor, Copyright, Trademark, Civil Litigation, Digital Media & Internet Law, Entertainment
About

Bio

I provide litigation, counseling, business formation, and transactional services to clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietorships. My clients include individuals, families, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and non-profits. I work primarily with businesses in the Fashion & Accessory, Graphic Arts, Independent Film, Digital Media, E-commerce, Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Retail industries.

I handle civil lawsuits through all phases of their life cycle: from pre-filing negotiation and analysis, to fact investigation, into motion practice and case management, often to settlement, and—when necessary—through verdict at trial, and into post-trial motions and judgment collection.

I prosecute and defend against claims involving copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement; theft of trade secrets; violations of rights of publicity and privacy; breach of contract; corporate governance, partnership and shareholder disputes, and business entity “divorces”; defense of wage and hour, wrongful termination and sexual discrimination; fraud; defamation; and interference with contract; and debt collection.

In addition to representing clients in disputes, I'm also highly adept at structuring, negotiating and drafting various deals related to apparel merchandising, distribution and licensing; models, talent, spokespersons, and designers; independent film production; copyright and trademark licenses and transfers of ownership; employees, independent contractors, vendors and service providers; marketing, advertising, and promotion of goods and services; non-disclosure and confidentiality; and settlement of legal claims.

Experience


Bly Law, PC
Of Counsel
2011-present
Comprehensive business litigation and transactional services before California state and federal courts in the fields of trademark, copyright, business torts, employment defense, breach of contract, fraud, commercial, corporate, and entertainment law. Search, registration and maintenance of trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prosecute and respond to USPTO opposition and cancellation proceedings. Search and registration of copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright and trademark clearances and chain of title analysis.
Law Office of Shanen R. Prout
Principal
2008-present
I assist my clients to found and operate businesses, meet legal and regulatory obligations, prosecute and defend against claims in civil litigation, and exploit and protect their copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Review, negotiate, and draft a variety of business, employment, intellectual property and commercial transactions. Conduct trademark, copyright, and trade secret audits and searches. Prepare and file trademark and copyright applications, assignments, and licenses. Respond to United States Patent and Trademark Office actions, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Form and maintain business entities. Provide counseling in employment, corporate, business tort and intellectual property matters and prepare legal opinions concerning corporate policy and strategic business decisions. Conduct sophisticated research and analysis of employment, copyright, trademark, trade secret, business tort, corporate, commercial and regulatory issues for clients. Assist clients in preparing effective corporate policies and best practices that reflect current state and federal law.
Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley
Associate Attorney
2005-2008
Comprehensive federal and state court experience litigating plaintiff and defense matters in the fields of copyright, trademark, business torts and commercial litigation. Provided strategic counseling to business clientele. Negotiated and drafted several business transactions. Conducted successful business development activities. Evaluated sufficiency of complaints, cease-and-desist and demand letters. Recommended and justified strategic procedural actions for clients to take. Researched and prepared complaints, answers, demurrers, motions to strike and dismiss, motions to quash, motions for reconsideration, memoranda of law, discovery roadmaps, discovery requests and responses, deposition outlines, meet-and-confer letters, motions to compel, mediation and arbitration briefs, motions for and oppositions to summary judgment, motions for attorney’s fees, and applications to tax costs. Managed the production of high volume electronically stored information (ESI); conducted in-depth, large-scale document review projects; identified substantive privilege and confidentiality issues; and prepared privilege logs. Conducted complex legal research and analysis regarding a broad array of subject matter including state and federal rules of evidence and civil procedure, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, director and officer liability, defamation, malicious prosecution, breach of contract, business entity formation, employment, and remedies law. Took, defended, and observed depositions. Prepared regular correspondence to opposing counsel, clients, and insurers. Prepared initial case analyses and status reports for clients’ review. Appeared at and engaged in numerous case management, status, and settlement conferences. Negotiated and prepared settlement agreements; researched and prepared a motion for determination of good faith settlement. Trial preparation: prepared witness subpoenas and binders, jury instructions, trial briefs, and motions in limine.

Education


University of San Diego School of Law
J.D.
2001-2004
University of California, Davis
B.A., Political Science, English and American Literature
1995-1999
Member, Pi Kappa Alpha, Theta Omega chapter. Member, College Bowl Team
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Certified
California
May, 2005
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