Ian is licensed in both Texas and California and has a national litigation practice. He routinely represents a broad range of corporate and individual clients in the following areas:
•complex commercial and technology disputes including business torts;
•intellectual property disputes including copyright, trade secret and trademark actions; and
•litigation counseling and strategy including dispositive and post-trial motions and appeals.
An experienced commercial litigator and trial attorney, Ian has litigated in a variety of state and federal courts across the country at both the trial and appellate levels. His extensive trial experience includes taking and defending depositions, arguing dispositive motions, and obtaining dismissal of claims seeking substantial monetary damages.
Ian’s extensive experience managing complex litigation matters covers a wide range of business issues and jurisdictions, including most recently representing a Korean alcohol manufacturer in litigation against its former distributor, a well-known musician in a contract dispute with his corporate business partner, a bankruptcy litigation trust in a fraudulent transfer action related to a failed leveraged buyout, a multinational telecommunications company in patent infringement actions in the US and Germany, and a large medical practice in a contract dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. He has also represented transnational companies in responding to US discovery and in ICSID international arbitration.
Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Ian worked as an attorney for Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Xavier Rodriguez in the Western District of Texas and for Judge Harold DeMoss in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Ian practices in Texas but has spent a significant portion of his career in California and is also a part of our Sacramento office, where he can work as needed on California matters.
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In the News
Ian Shelton Heads to Eversheds Sutherland (March 5, 2019)
Ian Shelton is featured in this Law360 article discussing his move to Austin to join Eversheds Sutherland as counsel. In the interview, Ian said the opportunity to grow his practice and a personal ...
Eversheds Sutherland Adds Trial Lawyer in Austin to Build Litigation Practice (March 4, 2019)
Ian Shelton is featured in this Texas Lawyer article for joining Eversheds Sutherland as counsel in the Austin office. In the interview, Ian said he looks forward to building client relationships, ...
Eversheds Sutherland Continues Growth in Texas with Litigation Counsel Ian Shelton (February 25, 2019)
AUSTIN-Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that Ian S. Shelton has joined the Austin office as counsel in the Litigation Practice Group, bolstering the commercial disputes practice with a ...
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