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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 is a litigator who focuses primarily on media and intellectual property law. She has handled a range of litigation and appeals involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret and unfair competition, breach of contract and unsolicited commercial email. Carla also provides business advice to clients on a range of intellectual property and media/production matters.

Representative Experience

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)

Sylvester Stewart v. First California Bank

Successfully dismissed First California Bank from action following demurrer to Fourth Amended Complaint brought by musician Sylvester Stewart of Sly and the Family Stone for conversion and negligence based on loans to artist’s former manager. Following appellate argument, appeal of judgment was dismissed as to the Bank. (LA Super. Ct. or Cal. Ct. Appeals, 2nd Dist. 2011-2013)

People v. MTA

Defended artist Cristian Gheorghiu against unfair competition claims based solely on prior alleged involvement with tagging crews. The case was resolved prior to trial. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012)

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)

Genuine Entertainment, Inc. v. Seagal, et al.

Representation of A&E Television Networks, LLC, actor Steven Seagal, ICM, and other defendants in a lawsuit arising from AETN's successful television docu-series, 'Steven Seagal: Lawman.' (L.A. Sup. Ct. 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 Ninth 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
  • ACLU Artistic Freedom Award, June 8, 2012