Christy L. Bertram

Top rated business litigation attorney in Mission Viejo, California

Johnson & Bertram LLP
Christy L. Bertram
Johnson & Bertram LLP

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Construction litigation, Intellectual property litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 2002

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

Johnson & Bertram LLP

27201 Puerta Real, Suite 300
Mission Viejo, CA 92691 Visit website


Christy L. Bertram is a partner at the civil litigation firm Johnson & Bertram LLP, one of the few female-owned law partnerships in Orange County, California. Ranked among the top attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine each year from 2013-2017 and 2020-2022, Ms. Bertram is an astute litigator with experience in a wide variety of complex business and commercial cases in both state and federal courts. She has handled litigation involving trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, negligence, real estate, construction defect, and business torts.

She has successfully settled and litigated numerous cases for her clients, including obtaining a verdict of over $1 million in a trade secrets matter and securing an impressive settlement for a Fortune 100 client in a fraud case. Her clients range from small start-ups to Fortune 100 companies and represent a broad spectrum of industries, including real estate, construction, manufacturing, engineering, banking and finance, and health care. In addition to being licensed to practice in California, she and her firm actively manage out-of-state litigation for their clients.

After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Bertram received her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of San Diego School of Law. Before co-founding her current firm, she was employed at a prominent international law firm, where she gained experience as a trial lawyer handling intellectual property, health care and financial services matters.

Ms. Bertram is admitted to practice before the state courts of California and the U.S. District Courts for all districts of California. In addition to her highly successful legal career, Ms. Bertram is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County bar associations, and she is actively involved in Human Options, a shelter for battered women and children in Orange County.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners - OC Chapter. 

Practice areas

Business litigation, Construction litigation: business, Intellectual property litigation, Real estate: business

Focus areas

Construction defects

  • 50% Business litigation
  • 20% Construction litigation: business
  • 20% Intellectual property litigation
  • 10% Real estate: business

First Admitted: 2002, California

Professional Webpage:

  • Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine, 2013-2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • State Bar of California
  • All California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
Educational Background:
  • University Of San Diego School Of Law, cum laude
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A. in Sociology
Representative Clients:
  • McMahan v. United Healthcare Insurance Co., 2012 WL 4052862, S.D. Cal. 2012, 2012
  • In re Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc., (Case No. 15-AP-01395 SC) 2016 WL 8316889 (Bankr. C.D.CA 2016), 2016
  • Yarick v. PacifiCare of California, 179 Cal. App. 4th 1158, 2009, 2009
  • Western Emulsions, Inc. v. BASF Corporation, 2007 WL 1839718, C.D. Cal. 2007, 2007
Industry Groups:
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing and Distributors
  • Real Estate

Office location for Christy L. Bertram

27201 Puerta Real, Suite 300
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone: 949-420-4604


4 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

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