Karna A. Berg

Of Counsel

Karna is a dependable, hardworking client advocate who garnishes good results. She carefully weighs her options and often solves her client’s issues without bringing a law suit. However, if necessary, Karna is a tough opponent in the litigation context.

After practicing law for over 30 years, Karna has developed deep relationships with her clients and fully understands their needs, both in business and legal settings.

Karna is an avid gardener, loves to read, and enjoys getting together with friends to eat at great restaurants.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Key Industry Experience

  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing/Coating
  • Real Estate
  • Airlines
  • Medical Device

Representative Matters

  • Hormel Foods Corporation v. Ventura Foods, LLC (trade secret, obtained preliminary injunction, case settled)
  • 3M v. Scanlan and Avery Dennison (non-compete, trade secret, preliminary injunction obtained, case settled)
  • IBM v. Seagate (trade secret, case settled)
  • Green v. Brookfield Properties (excessive force, obtained jury verdict for client)
  • American Airlines v. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (trade secret, successfully defended summary judgment before 8th Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Hormel Foods Corporation v. Brothers Trading Co., Inc. d/b/a Victory Wholesale Grocers (RICO, diversion, case settled)
  • Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc.-Canada v. Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc.-US (trademark, obtained permanent injunction against use of marks)
  • Cox v. Hormel Foods Corporation (wrongful death, case settled)
  • Fermaglich v. Brookfield Retail Centers, Inc. (excessive force, case settled)
  • 3M v. Ross (non-compete, trade secret, obtained temporary restraining order, case settled)
  • 3M v. Leach (non-compete, trade secret, obtained preliminary injunction, case settled)
  • Diversified Dynamics Corporation v. Wagner Spray Tech (patent, overturned lower court decision before Federal Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Afremov v. AGA (shareholder dispute, case settled)
  • 3M v. Accu-Tech Plastics, et al. (trade secret, obtained jury verdict for client)
  • Blocker v. Brookfield Properties (excessive force, case settled)
  • Acuff Rose v. Jostens (copyright, successfully defended dismissal of case before Second Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Benjamin v. City Center Associates (personal injury, case settled)
  • Digital Angel v. Allflex (patent, case dismissed, judgment on pleadings)
  • Terrybear v. Raj India (patent, case settled)
  • Lifecore Biomedical (Keystone) v. BTI of North America (patent, case settled, cross licenses)
  • America Academy of Neurology v. Macmillan (trademark, case settled)
  • Hokenson, et al. v. Altiva Corporation, et al. (Shareholder dispute, obtained dismissal on the pleading)

Recognitions and Honors

  • Awarded Charles and Marjorie Pihl Scholarship
  • Valedictorian, William Mitchell School of Law
  • Member, William Mitchell Law Review
  • Selected as one of the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” by Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics
  • Recognized in the area of intellectual property litigation in Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Publications and Presentations

  • “Hiring from Competitors,” Minnesota Business Magazine, January 2004
  • “What Lies Beneath: Your Company’s Documents May be Exposing a Wealth of Sensitive, Hidden Data,” Minnesota Technology, Spring 2004
  • “Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege by Disclosure of Privileged Statement to Opposing Party at Settlement Conferences,” US Business Litigation, March 1997
  • “Rights of Patent Owners Enhanced,” WLD Article, January 1996
  • “Application of Statutes of Limitations to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Enforcement Actions, Environmental and Natural Resources,” Law News, January 1995

Professional Associations

  • Intellectual Property Sections of the Minnesota and American Bar Associations
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • International Trademark Association

Community Engagement

  • Past Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Chair for the Committee for Reelection of Judge Elena Ostby
  • Volunteer, Advocates for Human Rights