Asim Bhansali has spent over 20 years as a courtroom trial lawyer and litigator handling the disputes that matter most to his clients, whether they are Fortune 100 companies, new market entrants, or individuals. Asim has handled patent, antitrust, trade-secret, class-action, and commercial-dispute cases. As lead counsel for T-Mobile, he obtained a complete summary judgment and appellate affirmance in response to the assertion of four AT&T Bell Labs patents, in a case that is often cited on the topic of patent exhaustion. Asim also defended Limelight Networks as lead counsel in district court after an appellate remand, when Limelight faced entry of a nearly $100 million judgment following the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of a prior jury verdict. In response to the strategy Asim devised, Limelight’s opponent had to drop nearly $37 million of damages claims voluntarily at the onset of the case, and the Court subsequently reduced the prejudgment interest the opponent sought by another $12 million.
Asim’s jury trial experience includes cases as lead and second-chair counsel. In a lengthy trade-secret jury trial, his roles included presenting the plaintiff’s damages expert; prior to return of a damages verdict, that trial resulted in a settlement listed among the top 10 disclosed trade-secret-case settlements in U.S. history.
Beyond his zeal for courtroom advocacy, Asim litigates and tries matters because he relishes the detailed knowledge that comes with developing a case strategy, regardless of whether it’s about how GPS works, what actually happens when you swipe your credit card, why a doctor might prescribe a particular anti-cholesterol drug, or how to make information travel faster over the Internet. In each instance, he strives to use the knowledge he’s gained about his clients and their business to provide more effective representation in the case at hand and in future cases. While Asim’s practice has focused principally on commercial matters, he has brought this same philosophy to pro bono work, particularly for reproductive rights. His work in this area has included district-court litigation against restrictive laws, appellate amicus briefing, and counseling of providers.
Asim’s formative legal experience was serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Ferdinand Fernandez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit right after graduating cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an executive editor for the Texas Law Review. Courtroom advocacy is his passion, and he first became a partner at a full-service, commercial trial and litigation firm when he was 27 years old. Asim’s interest in litigation practice has led him to serve as president and a board member for the Northern District of California chapter of the Federal Bar Association and as a board member and chief financial officer of the Northern District of California Practice Program. In his leisure time, Asim tries to make his accent more understandable in several foreign languages, ideally while travelling to countries where those languages are spoken: in addition to being bilingual in English and Gujarati since speaking his first words, Asim speaks fluent German and proficient French and Spanish.
Education, Clerkships, Honors:
- J.D. with honors, Order of the Coif, Chancellors, University of Texas School of Law
- B.B.A., Accounting, with high honors, University of Texas at Austin
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Ferdinand Fernandez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
- Daily Journal Top 40 under 40 (2009)
- Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property and Patent (2010 - present)