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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • Spanish

Carla A. McCauley


Carla McCauley provides litigation and counseling services to a wide variety of clients in media, entertainment, business, and technology. Carla specializes in intellectual property litigation and appeals, including trademark and copyright infringement, as well as trade secret misappropriation. Carla also represents clients in commercial litigation and complex class actions involving false advertising, unfair competition and business torts. Carla provides advice to clients on a range of intellectual property and business matters.

Representative Experience

Sechrist Industries, Inc. v. Baro-Serv, Inc.

Represented hyperbaric chamber manufacturer in action against competitor for trade secret misappropriation and Lanham Act false advertising. (E.D. Tenn. 2015)

UPI Marketing Corp. v. Alberto Flecha et al.

Represented marketing company in dispute with former employee and competitor for claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty. (N.Y. Sup. Court 2015)

SATA GmbH & Co. KG v. Wenzhou New Century International, Ltd., et al.

Represented German automotive paint spray gun manufacturer in trademark counterfeiting and patent action against distributors of infringing paint reservoirs. (C.D. Cal. 2015)

China Central Television et al. v. Create New Technology et al.

Represented Chinese television broadcasters and DISH Network in copyright and trademark infringement action against manufacturer and distributor of "TVpad" set-top box, found to stream infringing content to users in the United States; secured award of $55 million in damages. (C.D. Cal. 2015)

Edge Games, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Defended textbook publisher on claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and false advertising. (C.D. Cal. 2015)

Entertainment Printing Enterprises v. CreativeMob, Inc., et al.

Defended startup company and its founder against allegations of trade secret misappropriation. (L.A. Super. Ct.; Cal. App. Ct. 2014)

Prospect Mortgage LLC v. Jeremy DeRosa, et al.

Represented mortgage company in jury trial alleging claims for unfair competition and employee raiding against competing mortgage company. (O.C. Super. Ct. 2012-2014)

Munchkin Inc. v. Playtex Products LLC

Represented Playtex in false advertising jury trial involving advertising superiority claims as to the odor control capabilities of the parties' respective diaper pails. (C.D. Cal., 9th Cir. 2011-2013)

ANT v. The Gurin Company

Represented The Gurin Company in a lawsuit brought by a comedian known as 'ANT,' who claimed that his trademark and identity were misappropriated by Gurin's television program, "Wanna Bet," which starred the British comedy duo "Ant and Dec." All claims against Gurin were dismissed by the federal district judge and attorneys' fees were awarded. ANT dismissed his appeal in exchange for a waiver of fees. (C.D. Cal. 2010-2011)

Consumer Legal Remedies Act class action

Represented international beauty products manufacturer in response to pre-litigation California Consumer Legal Remedies Act claims made by purchasers of various products. Litigation was avoided with an early, positive settlement. (Los Angeles Cnty. (Cal.) 2011)

Herpin v. Simon & Schuster

Successfully defended Simon & Schuster and child star Jodie Sweetin against false-light lawsuit filed by her ex-husband based on her memoir. The plaintiff dismissed his lawsuit with prejudice after defendants filed their anti-SLAPP motion. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011)

World Financial Group v. HBW Insurance Services

Lead defense counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of contract. (Ventura Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2011)

NR Software Inc. v. XO Communications, LLC

Represented XO in action involving cross-claims, including complaint by colocation customer alleging unfair competition and cross claim by XO against customer for breach of contract. Action resolved and dismissed immediately prior to jury trial. (LA Super. Ct. 2010)

Hypertouch Inc. v. Valueclick*

Represented Internet service provider in action against Internet advertising businesses for violations of California’s Anti-Spam Act. Summary judgment reversed on appeal in published decision at 192 Cal. App. 4th 805 (2011). (LA Super. Ct. or Cal. Ct. Appeals, 2nd Dist. 2009-2010)

Louis Vuitton Malletier v. The Flea Market, Inc.*

Represented Louis Vuitton in trademark counterfeit action against flea market. (N.D. Cal. 2009)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Pamela A. Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Eduardo Moliné O'Connor, Supreme Court of Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Professional & Community Activities

  • Volunteer Big Sister, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2008, 2013-2015; "Southern California Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2014-2016
  • ACLU Artistic Freedom Award, June 8, 2012