Burgoyne Law Group Attorneys
Hank Burgoyne | Joseph Chun
Hank Burgoyne is an AV-rated litigator with almost a decade and a half of experience resolving contract, trade secret, corporate, unfair competition and related commercial disputes on behalf of technology and other businesses.
As a trained mediator, business owner, former legal journalist and one-time federal court clerk, Hank has a unique ability to view disputes from a variety of angles. He sees himself not just as a litigator, but as a problem solver. He understands that legal issues, and in particular litigation, can sidetrack even the most forward-looking of businesses. He considers it his mission to help his clients find the quickest and most efficient routes through, if not around, their disputes.
Hank has a distinct advantage over other commercial litigators, in that he has negotiated and drafted contracts ranging from software licenses and SaaS terms to executive-level employment and LLC operating agreements. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in some of California's most important Internet-related advertising cases, both in the trial courts and before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. As a former newsroom lawyer, Hank also counsels businesses on trademark, tortious interference and defamation issues, and has secured favorable results in dozens of unfair competition lawsuits. He has particular expertise in employee mobility and trade secrets disputes, and in the use of digital forensics and electronic evidence.
Hank graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was a teaching assistant to former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan, one of the nation's foremost First Amendment scholars. He then clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco. After his clerkship, Hank litigated commercial and technology-related cases for Keker & Van Nest, an American Lawyer "Litigation Boutique of the Year." He also negotiated technology and other commercial agreements for the Silicon Valley office of Greenberg Traurig, and founded Kronenberger Burgoyne LLP, a San Francisco-based commercial and technology litigation boutique.
Prior to law school, Hank pursued an interest in media and the law as a reporter covering advertising, journalism, telecommunications and intellectual property policy. He has provided legal commentary on Internet and mobile industry topics for the Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine and other publications, and on traditional and Internet radio. He is a former copyright chair of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association.
- The Hon. William Alsup, U.S. District Court for Northern California
- Kronenberger Burgoyne - Commercial, intellectual property, corporate and advertising litigation
- Greenberg Traurig - Commercial, intellectual property and technology counseling and transactions
- Steinhart & Falconer - Commercial, intellectual property, news media-related and corporate litigation
- Keker & Van Nest - Commercial, intellectual property and corporate litigation
- Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction
- University of Arizona, M.A. in journalism
- Georgetown University, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating A/V
- Northern California Super Laywer 2010-2012
- Northern California Rising Star 2009
- Avvo Rating Superb
- University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.
- University of California, San Diego, B.A. in psychology
- UC Davis Law Review Editor
- Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Contracts
- Top Oral Advocate Award, UC Davis Moot Court Competition
- President of Phi Delta Phi (Davis Chapter), International Legal Fraternity
Joseph Chun is a Bay Area and Sacramento-based commercial litigator with nearly a decade of experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial and other litigation. Joseph has particular expertise in business-related disputes, including contract, professional liability, insurance coverage, employment and bankruptcy matters.Joseph has worked at small and large firms throughout California, and is admitted to practice in every federal district in the state. Joseph’s broad litigation background, combined with his experience as a business owner, give him an invaluable perspective on both the financial and interpersonal aspects of commercial disputes.
Joseph began his career at San Francisco-based Gordon & Rees, where he litigated complex commercial and insurance coverage matters. He then focused on bankruptcy and commercial disputes for San Diego based McCarthy & Holthus. While a student at the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall), Joseph was Editor for the UC Davis Law Review, and received the Top Oral Advocate Award in Moot Court as well as the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Contracts. Joseph also served as President for the Davis chapter of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal fraternity.
In addition to his legal practice, Joseph has taught courses in civil procedure, evidence, and contracts at the California School of Law.
- Law Offices of Joseph S. Chun – Commercial and other litigation
- McCarthy & Holthus – Commercial and bankruptcy litigation
- Gordon & Rees – Commercial and insurance coverage litigation
- California School of Law, Instructor for Contracts, Evidence, and Civil Procedure
- Sacramento Bar Association