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Constitutional issues arise not only in government work but also in the operations of companies and non-profit organizations that often turn to private law firms for help. Whether a business is to be regulated by one federal regulator or juries in the 50 states may give rise to preemption issues. Whether a business may be sued in defamation for posting rankings of company prospects gives rise to First Amendment defenses. As does a state’s effort to compel disclosure of the identities of all donors to charitable organizations without targeted suspicion of any charitable fraud. The founders of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, former dean and professor Kathleen Sullivan and Derek Shaffer SLS ’00, will discuss how they have evolved their constitutional collaboration from the Stanford Law classroom, to the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, to their ongoing practice together as partners at the litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.
Kathleen Sullivan is a partner in the firm’s New York and Los Angeles offices and is the chair of its national appellate practice. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s top appellate advocates, she has been named repeatedly to The National Law Journal’s list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In other recognition, she has been repeatedly named a leading individual in Chambers USA, which reports that clients have described her as “tremendously agile and a fabulous advocate,” “a consummate practitioner before any appeal court” and “a brilliant appellate lawyer.” Lawdragon has included her numerous times in its list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America, as has Super Lawyers, which has named Sullivan one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York Metro area. Law360 has three times named Sullivan an Appellate MVP, The American Lawyer Litigation Daily has thrice named her Litigator of the Week, and California Lawyer once named her Appellate Lawyer of the Year. Sullivan was profiled in the December 2013 issue of The American Lawyer in a cover story entitled “The Golden Touch” and in a 2014 Super Lawyers feature entitled, “Kathleen Sullivan and the Appeal of Appellate Law,” reprinted as the cover story in Super Lawyer’s 2015 issue on the top women lawyers in the New York area. In 2014, Sullivan was elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and in 2015, the New York Law Journal conferred on her a Lifetime Achievement award in its feature “Lawyers Who Lead By Example.”
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Derek Shaffer has deep experience litigating a wide range of complex matters, including cases involving governmental entities and unsettled questions of constitutional and statutory law.
Mr. Shaffer is Co-Chair of the firm’s Government & Regulatory Litigation practice as well as its National Appellate Litigation practice and has served as lead attorney or otherwise played central roles in many high-profile trial and appellate matters. To date, he has litigated for and against various states and has handled cases before numerous tribunals, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. courts of appeals and district courts, state supreme courts, administrative tribunals, and regulatory boards. He has particular expertise handling disputes against the United States and its agencies as well as against regulators at the state and local levels.
To view Derek Shaffer’s bio, click here.