- Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D. 2009)
Chancellor’s Law Scholarship
Chief Justice, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board
- The George Washington University (B.A., Journalism, summa cum laude, 2005)
Phi Beta Kappa
Larry King Scholarship
Gridiron Journalism Scholarship
Richard Eaton Excellence in Reporting Award
- ABA Forum on Communications Law (Vice-Chair, Training and Development Committee), First Amendment and Media Litigation Section, Minority Trial Lawyer Section
- Virginia Bar Association
- George Washington University, School of Media and Public Affairs, Adjunct Professor in Media Law (2012-2013)
- Recognized as a Washington, DC Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the area of Media and Advertising Law
- Continued DMCA Immunity Requires New Electronic Registration, LSKS Client Alert (Dec. 2016) (with C. Bowman)
- “Survey of DC Circuit Libel Law,” in Annual Media Libel Law Survey (Media Law Resource Center) (with E. Koch and L. Levine)
- Courts Extend Twombly and Iqbal Standard to Actual Malice Pleading, Newsletter of the ABA Litigation Section’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee (Fall 2012/Winter 2013) (with C. Bowman)
- “The Assange Effect”: WikiLeaks, The Espionage Act and the Fourth Estate, Media Law Resource Center Bulletin (Aug. 2011)
- Guiding Light: The Federal Rules of Evidence and Hearsay at the International Trade Commission, ITC Trial Lawyers Association’s 337 Reporter Summer Associate Edition (2008)
- Government Doublespeak, Index on Censorship (Jul. 18, 2007) (with D. Freeman)
Shaina defends media clients against a wide range of claims, including defamation and invasion of privacy, and assists clients in obtaining access to court and government records.
Prior to joining LSKS, Shaina served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before beginning her legal career, Shaina worked as an assistant news desk producer for NBC Network News and MSNBC in Washington, DC.
Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group, 783 F.3d 1328 (D.C. Cir. 2015). Shaina joined Seth Berlin and Nathan Siegel in successfully representing the author of a commentary published in Foreign Policy in a defamation lawsuit brought by Yasser Abbas, a son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The case was the first appellate ruling in the District of Columbia to hold that questions are not potentially defamatory assertions of fact.
Sims v. Viacom (3d Cir. 2013). Shaina, joining with Bob Penchina and Michael Berry, helped win dismissal of claims for copyright infringement, alleged violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and unjust enrichment based on the plaintiff’s claim that Viacom copied his treatment for a reality show when it broadcast the show Charm School on VH1. The dismissal was subsequently affirmed on appeal.
Naked Cowboy v. CBS, 844 F. Supp. 2d 510 (S.D.N.Y. 2012). Shaina worked with Bob Penchina to achieve dismissal of trademark and right of publicity claims against CBS and the company that produces the daytime television show The Bold and the Beautiful brought by the Naked Cowboy, a well-known New York street performer.
Farley v. Kate Kendell & National Center for Lesbian Rights (W.D. Va. 2011). Shaina and Jay Ward Brown successfully defended the National Center for Lesbian Rights in a defamation action arising from a blog post that appeared on the Center’s website. After LSKS filed a motion to dismiss the case on jurisdictional grounds, the plaintiff withdrew the suit.
- Shaina Jones Ward
- 1899 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia