Member Spotlight: Jaci Shanks - Eleanor's Place
Introducing September 2020 Member Spotlight, Jaci Shanks.
A native of Atlanta, Jaci Shanks graduated from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) with a degree in art history. After taking a few years off to fall in love with her now-husband, Jamie, and fulfil her dream of becoming a veterinarian (without having to actually know any science or biology) by becoming a vet assistant (because what a better way to utilize an art history degree?), Jaci headed to law school, graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010. Jaci spent the first eight years of her law career at Kilpatrick Townsend, after which she transitioned to a boutique intellectual property firm in Roswell, GA (hence the need for Eleanor’s Place). The flexibility and appreciation for (and dedication to) a true work-life balance that she’s found at her current firm are beyond what she ever could have imagined. (So, if you’re thinking about dipping out of corporate America for something smaller, do it!)
Jaci specializes in trademark law and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark counseling, brand management, multi-jurisdictional dispute management, enforcement, and domain name disputes. She helps clients assess the availability of potential trademarks for use and registration, developing and implementing complex trademark protection strategies, and monitoring and enforcing trademark rights in the United States and abroad. Jaci enjoys watching companies – both big and small – realize the power of a brand and tap into that power through proper due diligence and robust filing programs. One of her favorite things about her trademark work is its international scope, although waking up to a few dozen emails every morning sent by colleagues in various time zones took some getting used to initially. Jaci has been recognized as a Georgia “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine every year for the past three years.
When not lawyering, Jaci enjoys spending time with her husband of over 10 years and two children – Ashton (7) and Reid (5), both of whom attend Trinity. You can often find her one of two places: (1) in her car, shepherding her children to and from activities or (2) at Eleanor’s Place, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee, the peace and serenity of the “quiet area,” and wishing her home were decorated as beautifully as her work space.
“Eleanor’s Place has been the most amazing office away from my office. Every single detail, from the location to the amenities to the artwork to the interior design, is done in a thoughtful, considerate manner that ultimately achieves its desired goal of helping women lift up, empower and support other women.”