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Shane M. Biornstad
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Practice Areas

  • Litigation


Mr. Biornstad has significant experience in the areas of civil, commercial and business litigation. He has worked on cases involving a variety of issues, including breach of contract, member and shareholder disputes, business torts, real property title disputes, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, construction contract disputes, fraud, product defect, and personal injury and wrongful death.

Mr. Biornstad has proven experience managing complex discovery from a multinational corporation and other aspects of pre-trial litigation in a case involving numerous experts and parties litigated in both federal multidistrict litigation and state court-coordinated proceedings with millions of dollars at issue. He consistently demonstrates the ability to manage and work through complex issues and proceedings while meeting strict deadlines, providing timely client communication, and working well in a demanding and adversarial environment. Mr. Biornstad has considerable experience making court appearances and arguing various motions in federal and state court as well as jury trial experience. He has taken and defended numerous depositions and has written appellate briefs to the California Court of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Biornstad graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. During law school, Mr. Biornstad worked on the Willamette Law Review as an associate editor and then on the Editorial Board. Mr. Biornstad received the "High Paper Award" for best paper in Appellate Advocacy, Jurisprudence, Property, and Legal Research and Writing. He was a finalist in the First Year Moot Court Appellate Competition and was on the dean's list numerous times, while also receiving a Dean's Scholarship. During his second year, he worked as an extern for the Honorable Robert D. Durham of the Supreme Court of Oregon and the Honorable Susan M. Tripp of the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, Third Judicial District. Prior to law school, Mr. Biornstad received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he was on the dean's list, was an Academic Scholarship Recipient, and played on the rugby team.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Biornstad clerked for the Honorable Mark Gibbons at the Supreme Court of Nevada for one year.

Mr. Biornstad is admitted to practice in all California and Nevada state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the District of Nevada, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
    • Juris Doctor - 2006
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's Scholarship
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Brigham Young University
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: Academic Scholarship
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Professional Associations

  • California State Bar, Member
  • Nevada State Bar, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Banyeard Inn of Court, Member (former)


  • Dean's List; Academic Scholarship (Brigham Young University)
  • Dean’s List; Finalist, First Year Moot Court Appellate Competition; Dean's Scholarship; High Paper Awards (Willamette University College of Law)