Gary S. Shuster
Gary is an inventor and technology lawyer. He joined Coleman & Horowitt, LLP in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, he was associated with the national firm Dewey Ballantine, LLP and, before that, the firms of Hennigan, Mercer & Bennett and Howrey & Simon. While in prior private practice, Gary successfully represented Fortune 50 clients in complex commercial, mass tort, insurance, real estate, wrongful death, entertainment and intellectual property litigation.
Gary left private practice in 1999 to become in house counsel to a start-up internet company. Shortly thereafter, he formed Ideaflood, Inc., an intellectual property company that develops and patents new technology. Gary is one of the nation’s most prolific independent inventors, holding more than 130 issued United States patents in more than 65 patent families across a diversity of technology areas. Gary continues to file for new patents on a prolific basis.
In providing legal advice to a variety of internet start-ups for more than 15 years, Gary has developed substantial experience with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, Section 230 immunity under the Communications Decency Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as the numerous other issues of particular importance to domestic and international internet and virtual reality operations. Many of Gary’s early patents derived from his creative technological solutions for problems that the legal system was unable to adequately remedy. Gary continues to believe that a narrow focus on strictly the legal aspects of client’s problems is a mistake, and that it is the obligation of lawyers to consider business or technological solutions for their clients before embarking on a course of action that will incur significant legal fees.
Gary will remain a principal with Ideaflood, but will provide representation to clients in the development, licensing, sale and funding of new technologies and business enterprises, the protection and enforcement of intellectual property and trade secrets and the prosecution and defense of complex commercial and intellectual property litigation.
Honors & Awards
- Magna Cum Laude, Harvard Law School 1992
- Five semesters of work with the Harvard Program on Negotiation, including work under supervision of Roger Fisher, author of “Getting to Yes”
- Summa Cum Laude, University of California at Los Angeles 1989
- UCLA Departmental Honors
- Phi Beta Kappa
- UCLA Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year award 1989
- Elected UCLA Academic Affairs Commissioner
- Member, UCLA College of Letters and Science Executive Committee
- Member, UCLA Faculty Senate Executive Board