Callie was tireless in the pursuit of our company’s interests and has a true passion for winning. She was meticulous in planning and executing the strategy for our case. We’re glad she’s on our side.
—Mike Garrett, Vice President, General Counsel, and Daren Haas, Chief Strategy Officer, HM Electronics Inc.

Callie Bjurstrom, a Pillsbury Intellectual Property partner and board member, is recognized by the Daily Journal as a top litigator delivering big wins.

A tenacious client advocate, Callie has successfully tried cases to verdict as lead counsel in both state and federal courts, as well as represented clients before the International Trade Commission. The San Diego-based lawyer litigates patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, unfair competition and unfair business practices disputes. Callie skillfully protects her clients’ IP rights in such diverse industries as telecommunications, gaming, manufacturing, consumer products and medical devices. 

Representative Experience

  • Prevailed in a unanimous 10-day trial on behalf of San Diego Comic Convention in which a California federal jury found that a rival event in Utah infringed on our client's "Comic-Con" trademarks. Obtained an exceptional case finding and nearly $4 million in attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Represented Cuker Interactive LLC in a “David and Goliath” trade secret dispute involving website development for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. An Arkansas jury found that Wal-Mart misappropriated trade secrets.
  • Led HM Electronics defense in two patent infringement cases involving restaurant pager technology. Won dismissal of both cases with prejudice after thwarting two injunction motions and obtaining successful claim construction rulings.

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  • Represented HM Electronics in a trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute with R.F. Technologies, winning a permanent injunction, a finding of contempt and obtaining court-ordered sanctions for the client.
  • Obtained a permanent injunction for client LG Electronics MobileComm upon discovering a former employee stole valuable trade secrets related to a new mobile phone product and shared them with a competitor.
  • Trial counsel for ZTE in dozens of district court actions involving patent infringement claims pertaining to wireless handset devices.
  • Trial counsel for HTC in numerous district court actions involving patent infringement claims pertaining to wireless handset devices.
  • Lead counsel for Eldorado Stone LLC and Eldorado Stone Operations LLC in a dispute with Renaissance Stone Inc. involving issues of trade secret misappropriation, copyright and trademark infringement and intentional interference with prospective economic relations. Three-week jury trial resulting in a verdict in favor of Eldorado for in excess of $23 million in compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief, costs and attorneys' fees.
  • Lead counsel for the San Diego County Apartment Association in a copyright dispute with the California Apartment Association over the copyrightability of apartment rental forms. Successfully opposed a temporary restraining order; case resolved shortly thereafter.
  • Lead counsel for Multimedia Games Inc. in a patent infringement action brought by International Gamco Inc. Ms. Bjurstrom was responsible for defending the design, development and operation of the New York State Video Lottery System supporting 10 casinos and 14,000 video lottery terminals in the State of New York. Following six years of contentious litigation, the court granted summary judgment of non-infringement as to all claims asserted by International Gamco. The case was resolved shortly thereafter.
  • Lead counsel for Multimedia Games Inc. in a patent infringement action filed by Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty. Ltd. over the design and operation of the New York State Video Lottery System, as well as the video lottery systems designed and operated in numerous tribal casinos throughout Washington State. The case was resolved following a successful motion for summary judgment.
  • Lead counsel for Robinson & Robinson Inc. and Leathertrend LLC in a dispute with Peterman Lumber Inc. involving claims for breach of contract, breach of implied warranties and violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act, resulting from the sale and delivery of lead-contaminated furniture legs. Two-week jury trial resulting in a verdict of approximately $5 million in favor of Robinson & Robinson and Leathertrend for past damages and future lost profits.
  • Representation of Jack In The Box® in a trademark dispute with its former master licensee for Mexico resulting in a verdict for Jack In The Box® in excess of $3 million, as well as a permanent injunction.
  • Lead trial counsel in a 10-day jury trial for Andrea Karn in a personal injury dispute with Microsoft Corp. over injuries sustained during an event held by Microsoft. Obtained a significant jury verdict in favor of Ms. Karn.
  • Co-lead trial counsel for Kemper Insurance Company in an insurance bad faith action. Case dismissed during trial without payment by Kemper.
  • Participated as part of the trial team representing automobile manufacturers in numerous jury trials involving product liability and warranty claims.
  • Trial counsel in six misdemeanor jury trials for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
  • Lead counsel in over 30 arbitration hearings on behalf of automobile manufacturers and dealers involving product liability, warranty and unfair business practices claims.

Professional Highlights

Honors & Awards

  • Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal (2019)
  • Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC), Litigation: Intellectual Property (2019 - 2020)
  • Top IP Litigators in California, Daily Journal (2017, 2018)

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  • Working Mother of the Year, Working Mother (2017)

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2018-2019)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., Patent: Prosecution (2018)
  • The Legal 500 U.S., Trademarks - Litigation (2016)
  • Top Women Litigators, Daily Journal (2010)
  • Tribute to Women & Industry Award (2010)
  • Top 100 Verdicts, Daily Journal (2007)
  • Lead counsel in 45 district court cases across the United States in the last six years
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Rated
  • Super Lawyers (2007, 2010-2019)
  • Recent Presentations
    • Guest Lecturer, "Trying a Trademark Case,” presented at the University of San Diego Law School, February 19, 2019
    • Guest Lecturer: "The Litigation and Trial of Trademark Cases," USD School of Law, February 2015
    • Panelist: “Discussion of the Patent Pilot Programs as Implemented in the Central and Southern Districts of California,” Southern District Court Conference, June 2013
    • "Recent Developments in Patent Litigation," Pillsbury MCLE Program, San Diego, January 2013
    • "Litigation Insights: Practical Tips and Tactics" – Business Direct Group Conference – San Francisco, November 2011
    • Panelist: "Getting You Case Started: Rules 16 and 26" – United States District Court Presentation, Disclosure and Discovery in the Southern District: Overview of Recent Developments, San Diego, January 2011
    • "Litigation for Non-Litigators" – Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego November MCLE Program, San Diego, November 2009
    • "Identifying, Protecting and Enforcing Your Intellectual Property" – Association of Corporate Counsel MCLE Program, San Diego, September 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1988
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

    B.A., Political Science and History, University of Wisconsin, 1984

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court

    U.S. International Trade Commission

    U.S. Court of Federal Claims

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 11th and Federal Circuits

    U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California

    U.S. District Court for the District of Arkansas

    U.S. District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

    U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

    U.S. District Court for the District of Pennsylvania

    U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

    All state courts in California