Mark S. Shipow, Esq.
Mark Shipow was responsible for a diverse litigation practice prior to joining Imaging Presentation Partners as Senior Consultant. He has handled cases as the lead attorney in U.S. District Courts and California Superior Courts, including matters involving trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights, patents, shareholder and partner disputes, real estate disputes, dealer and employee terminations, contracts and government procurement. He has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience, handling numerous mediations and arbitrations. He has been responsible for cases ranging from typical contract actions involving modest amounts to complicated trade secret, joint venture, partner/shareholder and real estate matters in which millions of dollars are at stake. Mr. Shipow has extensive experience representing international clients in U.S. litigation and has been involved in litigation over service of process, personal jurisdiction, enforcement of foreign judgments, and related issues.
Mr. Shipow has delivered seminars on preparing witnesses to testify, using interpreters in litigation, international intellectual property issues and trademark litigation. He has been a member of the faculty of in-house deposition training programs. Mr. Shipow also has acted as a moot court judge at numerous competitions at law schools in Southern California. He is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.
Mr. Shipow earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from UCLA in 1976, and his J.D. degree from UCLA in 1979. He remains admitted as an attorney authorized to practice law in California, and is a member of the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Shipow has extensive law firm management experience, giving him a unique perspective on managing litigation and litigation teams. He served as Managing Partner of the L.A. Office of Whitman & Ransom and Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan from 1992-1995. He resumed his role as Managing Partner in early 2000 and was instrumental in "merging" the L.A. Office of Whitman Breed into Holland & Knight. He remained Executive Partner of the L. A. Office of H&K through 2002, and thereafter served for two years as the Practice Group Leader for the firm's Southern California Litigation Practice Group.
Mr. Shipow’s breadth of experience is now available to IPP clients. Mr. Shipow assists attorneys and their clients through every stage of the litigation process. He helps crystallize strategies and goals at the outset of litigation, in order to provide a context for the conduct of the litigation. Mr. Shipow consults on all facets of the discovery process, including helping to develop discovery plans, preparing clients for their depositions, preparing attorneys to conduct depositions, conducting mock depositions, and supporting the discovery and production of documents. He can assist in developing arguments for making and opposing motions (including preliminary injunction, summary judgment and discovery motions), provide objective feedback on motion papers, and assist in moot courting oral arguments. Mr. Shipow also consults with attorneys regarding the retention of experts, the development of their opinions and reports, and the preparation for their depositions and trial testimony. With his extensive experience in mediations, Mr. Shipow can help develop settlement strategies and assist attorneys and their clients in preparing effective written and oral presentations for mediators. As trial approaches, Mr. Shipow can assist attorneys in all phases of pre-trial preparation and the conduct of trial. Mr. Shipow’s extensive background representing international clients makes him a valuable resource for consulting on the unique issues involved in handling litigation on behalf of and adverse to international clients, including educating clients on the nuances of, and how to more effectively participate in, the U.S. litigation process, assisting in retaining and using interpreters and translators, and meshing the business expectations of international clients with the realities of conducting litigation in the U.S.