Johanna Calabria

B.A., Cornell University, Government, 1994

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1998

Johanna Calabria was selected by her peers for inclusion on Best Lawyers’ 2015 list for commercial litigation in recognition of her excellent litigation results.  A few recent examples of her work demonstrate why.

Earlier this year, Johanna was part of the trial team that won a defense jury verdict on behalf of the California State University against a class of over 170,000 CSU students contending that that fee increases amounted to double-billing.  Johanna also led Thomvest Holdings to victory at trial in a dispute against the bankruptcy trustee of the estate of William J. “Boots” DelBiaggio.  Following a bench trial before the Honorable Thomas J. Carlson, the court found Thomvest to be the rightful owner of a warrant worth over $10 million.  Johanna successfully defended one of the co-founders of Tapjoy, who was sued by an individual claiming to be a founder and seeking to recover a portion of the company’s value.  Johanna persuaded the trial court that a pattern of litigation abuse warranted the entry of judgment in her client’s favor. She also led THX, Ltd., a Lucasfilm spin-off that developed the THX® Sound System, to a favorable settlement against THX’s long-time and much larger licensing partner, Monster Cable Products, which had breached a license agreement by failing to pay minimum royalties established in the agreement, by establishing early in the case that THX was likely to prevail on the merits on a motion for writ of attachment. 

Johanna was part of the Durie Tangri team that brought the first case challenging the government’s seizures of hundreds of domain names.  Johanna represented Spanish-based Puerto 80 Projects, S.L.U. in a case stemming from the highly-publicized Operation in Our Sites initiative by the U.S. government to seize domain names which are alleged to violate copyright law.  Puerto 80 owns Rojadirecta, a website which indexes links to streams of sporting events and hosts forums in which users can discuss and post information. The Rojadirecta site has been listed among the 100 most popular sites in Spain in terms of traffic.  In 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seized the Rojadirecta domain names based on the assertion that these domain names were being used to commit criminal violations of copyright law.  Johanna and her team filed a petition on behalf of Puerto 80 seeking the immediate return of the domain names pending the outcome of any forfeiture proceedings.  After several rounds of briefing and hard fought negotiations, the government returned the sites. 

Johanna is also the managing partner of Durie Tangri.  When founding partners Daralyn Durie and Ragesh Tangri approached Johanna to help them start the firm, she couldn’t resist.  Six years later, the firm has flourished and is now recognized as one of the top IP litigation firms in the country, and has been included in such elite lists such as the National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List, Managing IP’s National Copyright Firm of the Year, a Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA, a Go-To Law Firm by American Lawyer Media, and the Top Midsize IP Firm in California by SuperLawyers—all during her tenure as managing partner.  

Born in Venezuela, Johanna is fluent in Spanish and is admitted to practice law in California and New York.  In addition to law, Johanna practices yoga and immeasurable love and patience with her four year old daughter.

Johanna  Calabria