With more than 20 years of experience in litigating patent disputes, Shamita Etienne-Cummings is a trusted advisor to many of the leading global technology companies. As a leader in the firm's Intellectual Property practice group, Shamita combines a client-focused business practicality with substantial knowledge of the law and technology.
Shamita’s industry experience includes an emphasis in the areas of mobile communication, semiconductor design and processing, media, aerospace, defense, consumer electronic devices and medical devices. Her clients beneﬁt from her exceptionally deep technical knowledge, which is based on her previous work as an electrical engineer and program manager for GTE Corporation in the mobile telecommunications industry, where she designed and implemented wireless communication and satellite systems.
In addition to being a first chair patent litigator, Shamita also represents clients in breach of contract and trade secret matters before district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the International Commercial Court (ICC) and routinely provides advice to clients on general patent diligence matters.
In 2017, Shamita joined the firm's senior leadership team as the Office Executive for the Washington, DC office.
Shamita has also held a number of other roles at White & Case, leading on important firm issues such as diversity and inclusion, partner development and advancement, as well as recruitment in the DC office. In addition to her contributions to the Firm and clients, Shamita is an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC where she teaches a patent trial course.