Claire M. Hankin-Wray

Claire M. Hankin-Wray

Special Counsel


Practice Groups

Claire Hankin-Wray handles a wide range of complex commercial and civil litigation, class actions, and reinsurance defense matters for insurers and self-insured corporations, employers, commercial property owners, and product manufacturers, defending her clients in state and federal courts throughout New York and advising them on a national and international scale.

Claire maintains a focus on the defense of reinsurance, professional liability, regulatory, and contract-based claims. Her experience additionally covers general liability claims involving personal injury and property damage, real property and title disputes, and alternative dispute resolution, as well as intellectual property and internet law. Claire’s understanding of internet, media, and intellectual property law is particularly deep: She draws on experience spanning undergraduate internships with MTV Networks’ Music and Media Licensing Department in New York City and MTV Networks Australia’s Business and Legal Affairs department in Sydney; an internship with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; and a volunteer assistantship with the Internet Bureau of the New York State Office of Attorney General, where she investigated consumer frauds and illegal internet activity and assisted with matters involving the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Class Action Fairness Act, and data breach notification laws and discovery privileges.

After earning her bachelor’s at Georgetown University, Claire attended Harvard University Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Black Law Students Association Social Justice Committee, a Westlaw student representative, a submissions reader for the Harvard International Law Journal, and a student advocate in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Project.

  • New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Diversity Scholarship, 2017
Professional Affiliations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Women’s Bar Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • Harvard University Law School, J.D., 2013
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 2008
Publications and Presentations
  • Contributor, “55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays,” The Harvard Crimson, 2d ed., 2014