Upon graduation with a B.A. degree from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Anne Kershaw pursued studies at New York Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate (cum laude) in 1987. While attending law school at night, she worked full time first as a paralegal for the Legal Aid Society, and later for the prestigious securities firm, E.F. Hutton. Ms. Kershaw ranked second in her class, and was a Law Review editor with a published article.
Following the initial six years of her career, which were spent with the litigation group of Park Avenue's Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, Ms. Kershaw directed her professional interests increasingly toward the burgeoning field of volume case and document management defense work culminating in 1993, when she joined the firm of Cerussi & Spring and its roles as National Trial and Coordinating Counsel for IBM in its defense of more than 600 repetitive stress injury claims (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) emanating, allegedly, from the use of IBM's computer keyboards.
After several successful IBM trials, Ms. Kershaw headed the National Counsel team for United Parcel Service and its defense of several hundred personal injury claims stemming from the UPS drivers' use of hand-held computers. In 1999, while continuing a string of defense verdicts for UPS, Ms. Kershaw's practice developed into A. Kershaw, P.C.// Attorneys & Consultants, a firm specializing in high tech litigation management.
Anne Kershaw has an AV+ rating in Martindale Hubbell.
• Nygaard v. United Parcel Service General Services Co., 1 F. Supp. 2d 1173 (D.Or., April 03, 1998);
• Depasquale v. International Business Mach., 1998 WL 195662, 40 Fed.R Serv.3d 425 (E.D. Pa., Apr 02, 1998);
• Pulido v. United Parcel Service General Services Co., 1998 WL 125507 (D.Or., Mar 17, 1998);
• Pallen v. United Parcel Service General Services Co., 997 F.Supp. 1367 (D.Or., Mar 17, 1998);
• Romano v. II Morrow, Inc., 173 F.R.D. 271 (D.Or., May 06, 1997);
• McCloskey v. United Parcel Service General Services Co., 171 F.R.D., 268 (D.Or., Apr 03, 1997);
• In re Chaus Securities Litigation, 801 F.Supp. 1257, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 96,987 (S.D.N.Y.,Sep. 01, 1992);
• Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn v. Haisfield, 1990 WL 165687 (S.D.N.Y., Oct. 26, 1990);
• Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. v. Mow Trading Corp., 749 F.Supp. 473, 17 U.S.P.Q.2d 1804 (S.D.N.Y., Jul 25, 1990);
• Piper v. IBM, 219 A.D.2d 56, 639 N.Y.S.2d (4th Dep't 1996 )
• Admitted: Admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Ninth Circuits, United States Supreme Court, and all New York State Courts
• Law School: New York Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1987, evening division). Staff Editor, New York Law School Law Review.
• College: Bard College (B.A., 1982)
• Employment: The Legal Aid Society, E.F. Hutton, Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn, Cerussi & Spring, and Hunton & Williams.
• Major Trials:
• National trial counsel for United Parcel Service in defending "repetitive stress injury" (cumulative trauma disorder) product liability actions pending in Washington, Oregon and New York federal courts and California state court. Trial team obtained defense verdict after a six week trial in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Judge H. Frye) and a judgment for the defense after a three week trial before United States District Court Judge William L. Dwyer, Western District of Washington.
• Participated as lead defense counsel in consolidated "repetitive stress injury" actions against numerous computer keyboard manufacturers in In Re: Eastern District Repetitive Stress Injury Litigation (E.D.N.Y.) (Hurley, J.) and In Re: New York County Data Entry Worker Product Liability Litigation (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty) (Crane, J.).
• On national defense counsel team for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in "repetitive stress injury" product liability actions pending in federal and state courts throughout the nation. Participated in trial work resulting in four defense verdicts in 1995.
• Represented two major British law firms in breach of contract action arising out of legal services rendered in United States and England on a transatlantic corporate transaction. Obtained summary judgment ruling that defendants failed to dispute contract in accordance with English law and holding defendants liable for legal services in the amount stated in full.
• Represented major investment firm in 100 million dollar breach of contract and fraud action against a large securities firm for churning and charging inflated commissions on foreign currency trades.
•Represented trademark licensee in 10 million dollar breach of contract action.
•Represented licensees and owners of various popular copyrights (e.g., Disney, California Raisin, and Simpson characters) in copyright enforcement actions in United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
• A. Kershaw, PC// Attorneys & Consultants conducted a survey of electronic discovery issues for the public comment period regarding the proposed federal rules amendments regarding electronic discovery and testified before the Federal Rules Advisory Committee regarding the results of this survey, submitting written comments as well.
Sedona Conference Working Group Series on Electronic Document Retention and Production- The Sedona Conference(SM) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and educational institute, dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and complex litigation.
E-Discovery Institute (Co-Founder) - The Electronic Discovery Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to resolving electronic discovery challenges by conducting studies of litigation processes that incorporate modern technologies.
Georgetown E-Discovery Training Acadamy (Advisory Board and Faculty Member)
Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute (Advisory Board and Faculty Member)
American Bar Association: Section on Litigation
• Corporate Counsel Committee
• Woman Advocate Committee