Media Coverage 06.29.18
Source: Reuters, The Deal, Law360
Awards & Rankings
Source: Daily Journal
In its special supplement honoring California’s Top Women Lawyers, the Daily Journal has profiled San Diego Intellectual Property partner Callie Bjurstrom and Silicon Valley Corporate partner Allison Leopold Tilley as members of the exclusive listing.
The publication noted that Bjurstrom is no stranger to leadership, having been appointed to Pillsbury’s Board of Directors in May 2018 and having co-led the firm’s sizeable Intellectual Property practice before that. It added that she focuses on trying cases as lead counsel before state and federal courts, as well as the International Trade Commission.
“I try cases, that’s what I love to do,” Bjurstrom told the Daily Journal. “My talent is being able to talk to juries in a way they understand. It’s about developing those simple themes that are memorable.”
Bjurstrom led the team representing San Diego Comic Convention in a widely reported trademark dispute with a rival Utah comic book convention using the “Comic-Con” name. In August, a U.S. federal court affirmed a unanimous 2017 jury verdict against the Utah rival and, in post-trial rulings, awarded Bjurstrom’s client $4 million in legal fees and costs. The judge also permanently enjoined the Utah event organizer from using the “Comic-Con” marks and variants.
Likewise, Leopold Tilley has worked on a number of high-profile matters, including advising business process services company Synnex Corp. in its $2.43 billion acquisition of Convergys Corp. The deal involved more than 20 countries and 20,000 employees. She also earned a Cross-Border Deal of the Year award in 2018 for her work with the motion sensor producer InvenSense in its $1.3 billion acquisition by Tokyo-based TDK Corp.
“I think the challenge is learning that there are different customs and styles in different countries,” Tilley told the Daily Journal. “You come about something from the law that you’re familiar with and you can’t assume it works the same way in a different country because it doesn’t necessarily.”
The publication also cited Leopold Tilley’s community service as a board member with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and as a founder of Outsmart Brain Cancer.
“Just seeing once again the devastation that that has on families,” she said of brain cancer, “I wanted to try and do something to help.”