Making Every Vote Count is operated by partners and associates at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.
Jacob Canter is a full-time intern at Making Every Vote Count and attends UC Berkeley School of Law. Before law school, Jacob was the research director at the Early Voting Information Center, where he studied the effects of state election legislation on turnout and registration for academic publication and expert testimony in litigation.
Clara Shin is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. Clients frequently call on her in late stages of litigation to take matters to trial or reorient the strategic direction of a case. According to one client, “Clara combines exceptional intelligence with strategic business focus in a way that sets her apart from other top trial lawyers.” Recognized for delivering one of California’s top verdicts by the Daily Journal and as one of California’s leading intellectual property lawyers, Ms. Shin has helped to make law in emerging areas by litigating and trying landmark cases, including winning an appellate ruling defining the scope of software licensing and the first sale doctrine under copyright law.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Shin served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff, and she also helped to design and launch the AmeriCorps national service program.
Gerry Waldron represents communications, media, and technology clients before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, and in commercial transactions. Mr. Waldron served as chair of the firm’s Communications & Media Practice Group from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Waldron served as the senior counsel on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications. During his work for Congress, he was deeply involved in the drafting of the 1993 Spectrum Auction legislation, the 1992 Cable Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), CALEA, and key provisions that became part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Mr. Waldron has testified on communications and Internet issues before the FCC, U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the Maryland Public Utility Commission, and the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Maggie Brennan is from the firm's Washington, DC office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. Ms. Brennan has experience in a wide range of general litigation matters. She has experience representing clients at all stages of litigation, from case inception through trial and appeal. Prior to joining Covington, Ms. Brennan was an associate at an international law firm in San Francisco, California.
Matthew Shapanka represents and counsels corporate, political, and individual clients in criminal, regulatory, and policy matters before government agencies and Congress. He also advises candidates, companies, PACs, nonprofits, and high net worth individuals on compliance with federal and state campaign finance, election, and lobbying laws.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Shapanka worked as a research analyst in the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office, where he worked on all aspects of state-level policy, communications, and compliance for federal stimulus funding awarded to Massachusetts under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. He has also worked for federal, state, and local political candidates in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Taylor Steffan is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations and Antitrust Litigation practice groups.