Professional Biography
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Sopen Shah Counsel

  • Madison

    D +1.608.663.7480

    F +1.608.283.4460

    Madison

    33 East Main Street, Suite 201

    Madison, WI 53703-3095

    +1.608.663.7480

    SShah@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Sopen Shah is an award-winning brief writer and experienced oral advocate. She has briefed appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Eighth, Seventh, Fourth, Second, First, D.C., and Federal Circuits; and the Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Washington Supreme Courts. In 2020, she won the State Bar of Wisconsin's biennial “Best Brief” award. Sopen has argued in the Seventh and Second Circuits, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals.

Sopen also handles high-stakes litigation in trial courts, including a voting rights case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and a multimillion-dollar shareholder-dispute trial in Dane County Circuit Court.

Before joining the firm, she argued the state’s high-profile criminal and civil appeals as deputy solicitor general of Wisconsin. After graduating from Yale Law School, Sopen clerked for the Honorable Debra Ann Livingston, now-chief judge of the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Amul R. Thapar, then of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Before law school, Sopen was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and a financial analyst at Bloomberg.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Appellate Practice Law; Commercial Litigation Law, 2023
  • Up and Coming Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2021
  • State Bar of Wisconsin's Best Brief Award, 2018 - 2020

Professional Leadership

  • Board Member, State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder, 2021

Related Employment

  • Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison, WI, Deputy Solicitor General, 2017 - 2019
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, NY, Summer Associate, 2014
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York, New York, NY, Criminal Division, Summer 2013

Clerkships

  • Hon. Debra Ann Livingston, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2016 - 2017
  • Hon. Amul R. Thapar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2015 - 2016

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Education

  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2015, Managing Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Harvard University, A.B., Social Studies, magna cum laude, 2008