Shane E. Olafson

Shane E. Olafson

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602.262.5327 office
602.734.3756 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Shane Olafson is Of Counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Data Privacy/Cybersecurity Practice Groups.  He has practiced in federal courts across the country, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, New York, Texas, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Shane has also represented clients on appeal before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits.  He focuses on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation and counsels clients on IP clearance and marketing matters, Internet domain name disputes, and on issues relating to e-discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy.

Shane is on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), and a Barrister in the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court.  He is also a member of the Intellectual Property, E-Commerce and Technology subsections of the Arizona State Bar.  

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association Phoenix Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court, Pupillage Team Leader
  • TGen's StepNout for Pancreatic Cancer Planning Committee, Member
  • Greater Phoenix Mensa Current Executive Committee, Former Assistant Local Secretary and Member at Large
  • Arizona State Bar E-Commerce & Technology Section, Member
  • Arizona State Bar Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, Associate Editor
  • Ballet Arizona's "Ballet Barre", Member
  • ASU American Bar Association Law Student Division, Former Vice President
  • Arizona Animal Welfare League AAWL, Board of Directors

Representative Matters

  • Represented largest hotel chain in the world, successfully obtaining judgment against defendants for cybersquatting, direct and contributory trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, counterfeiting, and related common law causes of action. Shane helped the client obtain a permanent injunction as well as transfer of an offending Internet domain and an award of the client’s attorneys’ fees and costs. 
  • Successfully defended medical device manufacturer against claims for patent infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair competition. 
  • Defended nationally insured bank against claims for infringement of point-of-sale and payment processing patent claims.
  • Obtained preliminary and then stipulated injunction against former CEO and director of medical device developer accused of trade secret misappropriation.
  • Successfully defended national chain restaurant against allegations of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, consumer fraud, conversion, unfair competition and negligent misrepresentation.
  • Represented large scale wealth and asset management firms in lawsuit against former broker employee. Obtained injunction to enforce restrictive covenants and prevent use and disclosure of clients’ confidential information.
  • Represented world’s largest specialized staffing firm to obtain consent judgment and injunction against former management employee accused of violating restrictive covenants and misappropriating client trade secrets.
  • Defended client accused of infringing patent claiming a method of electronically dispensing insurance through a computer network.
  • Represented both innovator and generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman (Paragraph IV) proceedings relating to patents involving various pharmaceutical compositions.
  • Represented pro bono client victimized by real estate equity theft scheme. Successfully obtained compensation for the amount of equity stolen by defendants.

Related News

Olafson earns prestigious data privacy certification
Certified Information Privacy Professional designation granted to attorney
Olafson appointed to AAWL board of directors
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorney supports Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA

Related Events

Past Events


  • Panelist, "The Value of and Need for Cyberlaw Capacity Building," ISSA & FBC's 7th Annual Cybersecurity Training and Technology Forum, August 2017
  • Contributor, “Intellectual Property Is Not Created Equal,” inBusiness magazine, June 2015
  • Presenter: “Patent Dos and Don’ts for Startups,” moderated by Mary Juetten, Traklight, Founder & CEO, September 2014 
  • Presenter, “Overview of Intellectual Property Litigation: The Big Four,” September 2013

Other Publications



  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • Arizona's Top Rated Lawyers - General Practice, 2014-2016
  • Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Stars - Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012-2013
  • Super Lawyers - One of Four Top Rated E-Discovery Lawyers in Phoenix, AZ

Other Info



J.D., cum laude, Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2002
B.S.E., cum laude, Arizona State University, 1999

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2006
New York, 2003

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit