Kate Shin’s practice focuses on helping companies resolve their most complex business and commercial litigation matters involving contracts, corporate governance, employment, venture capital, the False Claims Act, real estate litigation, intellectual property infringement, and class action.
She has successfully represented international conglomerates, Fortune 500 companies, large private companies, local corporations, financial institutions, and individuals through jury trial, arbitration, settlement, post-trial proceedings, and appeal. Kate routinely participates in trial proceedings and a broad range of appellate and motion practices.
As a first-generation Korean American, Kate is fully versed in Korean culture and language. Having attended a university in South Korea where she studied Korean law, Kate provides a unique perspective on international legal disputes.
Education & Admissions
- Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 2011
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006
- California, 2011
Won complete defense verdict for FIGS in false advertising case after four years of high-profile and hard-fought litigation, a three-week federal jury trial, and less than one day of deliberations. FIGS, a publicly traded DTC company that has revolutionized the medical apparel industry, had been sued by industry leader Strategic Partners, Inc. based on alleged claims for false advertising, violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, and other related torts and claimed damages exceeding $200 million.
Prevailed in three-week JAMS arbitration and successfully defended a prominent California-based bank. Defeated $100 million in alleged liabilities in which the plaintiffs alleged various fraud and contract claims and sought compensatory and punitive damages.
Successfully protected client’s constitutional rights to a jury trial by invalidating contractual forum selection clauses designating the Delaware Court of Chancery. Obtained a significant ruling that casts serious doubts upon the Delaware Chancery Court’s ability to fairly adjudicate disputes involving California citizens.
Obtained preliminary injunction in a pro bono class action lawsuit against a federal prison over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Successfully convinced the court to require prison officials to consider all medically vulnerable, non-violent prisoners and those over the age of 50 for home confinement.
Achieved complete defense decision on behalf of the world’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer in a long-running, high-profile qui tam trial involving nine-figure damages relating to non-compliant PVC pipe. Successfully convinced the court to reduce claimed damages from $58 million to $2 million before the jury was ultimately unable to agree that any damages were owed, leading to a mistrial.
Obtained favorable settlement for a publicly traded California financial institution in a complex multimillion-dollar fraudulent transfer action arising from former customers failing to repay a commercial loan.
Secured trial victory and affirmance of ruling on appeal for owners of an international sports apparel company defeating fraud, breach of contract, and alter ego claims brought by their former business partners.
Won dismissal of a wage and hour class action on behalf of multiple corporate and individual defendants. The class action plaintiff, a former employee of the defendant restaurant, sought over $5 million dollars in damages for the putative class comprised of hundreds of former and current restaurant workers.
Successfully defended one of the world’s leading VPN operators in an arbitration involving equity ownership issues brought by its former CEO.
Obtained dismissal with prejudice on behalf of two British agencies that regulate the practice of law in the United Kingdom against broad-ranging RICO, defamation, and other claims brought by two disbarred British solicitors in federal court.
Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit seeking more than $50 million in damages on behalf of Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate.
Awards & Recognition
- Top Defense Verdict of 2022, Daily Journal, 2023
- Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union, 2021
News & Insights
Daily Journal Awards Bird Marella with Top Defense Verdict of 2022
Bird Marella has been awarded the Top Defense Verdict of 2022 by the Daily Journal for the firm’s victory in Strategic Partners, Inc. v. FIGS, Inc., recognizing the largest …
Friday, February 17, 2023Go to the post
Bird Marella Wins Complete Defense Verdict for FIGS
After four years of litigation, a three-week jury trial, and less than one full day of jury deliberations, the Bird Marella trial team, led by lead trial counsel …
Friday, November 4, 2022Go to the post
Bird Marella Announces 2022 Attorney Elevations
Bird Marella is pleased to announce attorney elevations effective January 1, 2022: Fanxi Wang and Oliver Rocos have been elevated to Principals of the firm; Shoshana Bannett has …
Monday, January 3, 2022Go to the post
Bird Marella Wins Complete Victory in $100M JAMS Arbitration for California Bank
Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow and Kate Shin successfully defended a prominent California-based bank in a JAMS arbitration case, defeating $100 million in alleged liabilities. The plaintiffs had …
Friday, August 20, 2021Go to the post
ACLU of Southern California Honors Bird Marella with 2021 Humanitarian Award
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has awarded Bird Marella with the 2021 Humanitarian Award, in recognition of its pro bono partnership on two COVID-19 class action lawsuits …
Friday, April 9, 2021Go to the post
Bird Marella Defeats Petition for Writ of Mandate Filed by Delaware Defendants, Upholding California Trial Court’s Refusal to Enforce Delaware Forum Selection Clauses
Principal Ekwan Rhow and associate Kate Shin successfully opposed a writ petition filed in the California Court of Appeal, protecting their client’s right to pursue his claims in …
Friday, February 5, 2021Go to the post