Norman M.  Abramson

Principal - Minneapolis


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Tammy Hahn, 612.632.3216

500 IDS Center
80 South 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Main: 612.632.3000
Fax: 612.632.4444

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Abramson, Norm

Norman advises clients in building their brands, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property assets as well as maintaining, protecting, and defending them. Norman has substantial experience in disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, false advertising, unfair competition, patent, patent inventorship, and other IP-based litigation. In addition to his IP work, Norman has substantial experience in the areas of trust & estate litigation, trustee disputes, accountings, will contests, and other probate proceedings.

Representative Cases

  • In Re Pamela Andreas Stisser Grantor Trust Under the Second Amendment and Restatement of Trust Agreement Dated June 6, 2001, A10-1646 (Minn. 2012) (represented at trial and before Supreme Court trustee’s opposition to multi-million dollar claims by the personal representative of decedent’s estate)
  • Lucky Break Wishbone Corp. v. Sterling Jewelers, Inc., et al., (D. Minn. 2011) (dispute involving the use of a copyrighted work in a television advertisement)
  • Saul Zaentz Co. v. Wozniak Travel, Inc., 627 F.Supp.2d 1096 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (lead counsel in successful defense of trademark infringement and dilution claims brought by producers of Lord of Rings movies against travel agency that operates under the name Hobbit Travel)
  • Clam Corp., Inc. v. Innovative Outdoor Solutions, Inc., 2008 WL 5244845, 89 U.S.P.Q.2d 1314 (D. Minn. 2008) (lead counsel in opposing trade dress infringement claim based on the plaintiff’s registration of a color blue for ice fishing shelters)
  • Kia Motors America, Inc. v. Autoworks Distributing, 2009 WL 499543, 90 U.S.P.Q.2d 1598 (D. Minn. 2009) (represented plaintiff in gray market/counterfeiting unfair competition matter regarding auto parts sold under plaintiff’s trademarks)
  • Convey Compliance Systems, Inc. v. 1099 Pro., Inc., 443 F.3d 327 443 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 2006) (successfully prosecuted breach of contract claims and defended trademark infringement and cyber-squatting claims)
  • Stern v. Columbia University, 434 F.3d 1375 (Fed. Cir. 2006) (patent inventorship dispute)
  • Cieslukowski v. Norton Motorcycles, et al., 2002 WL 31045846 (D. Minn. 2002) (trial addressing successor liability and remedies for transferring trademarks post trial to avoid judgment creditors)
  • In re Williams Trust, 631 N.W.2d 398 (Minn. App. 2001); 2000 WL 1920038 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2000) 591 N.W.2d 743 (Minn. App. 1999) (significant trial and appellate decisions on duties of trustee, damages for breach of trust and use of attorney/client privilege for lawyers representing trust)
  • Heidi Ott v. Target et al., 153 F.Supp.2d 1055 (D. Minn. 2001) (significant case addressing misuse of trade dress, unfair competition, and false advertising)
  • Entegris, Inc. v. ReSource America, et al. (2004) (represented defendant in business method patent infringement matter)


  • “How An 18th Century Term of Art That ‘Really Means Nothing’ Led to Ten Years of Litigation: The Minnesota Supreme Court’s 2012 Decision on the Effect of General Directives to Pay Debts in Trust Instruments, copresenter, August 2013
  • “Trust Litigation: Witness Prep, Document Prep and Protection & Past Present and Future Litigation,” presented to the 2012 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference, June 4, 2012
  • “Standing out in a Crowd and Introduction to Trademark Law,” presented to graduate students at the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota, April 7, 2012
  • “Recent Trademark and Rights of Publicity Decisions,” Insurance Coverage for Emerging Intellectual Property Claims, GPM and AON Risk Solutions, November 17, 2011
  • “The Rise and Changing Nature of Fraud Claims in Trademark Litigation,” Gray Plant Mooty Hot Topics in IP Litigation Roundtable, February 2009


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Boston University, cum laude, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1994
  • Minnesota, 1993

Professional Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association,
    • Trust and Estate Litigation Subcommittee,
    • Subcommittee to make recommendations on adoption of the Uniform Trust Code
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Law clerk for the Honorable Margaret M. Marrinan
    Ramsey County District Court Judge

Honors and Distinctions

  • “Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2007

Community Involvement

  • Cardozo Society, executive steering committee, 2004-present; coprogramming chair, 2004-2007
  • Jewish Community Center, board member, 1998-2006 (significant involvement with agencies, long-range planning, finance committee, membership committee, fitness facilities committee, and 2005 Maccabi Games)
  • Gray Plant Mooty Pro Bono Committee, member
  • Minneapolis Urban League Legal Aid Clinic, participant