Paul E. Burns practices in the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP in its Scottsdale and San Diego offices, focusing on patent and other intellectual property litigation, counseling and transactions, as well as commercial litigation. He also has a substantial national practice in mediation and arbitration with emphasis on patent and other intellectual property, technology and commercial disputes, and serves as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).
Professor Burns has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property and Southwest Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property Litigation in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He has served as President of the Federal Bar Association's Phoenix Chapter, Chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Intellectual Property Law Section, Chair of the Southwest Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, Arizona Chapter Chair of the Licensing Executives Society, Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and an appointed member of the Professionalism & Ethics Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Law's Center for Law, Science and Innovation, as well as Pro Bono General Counsel for The Sedona Conference, the law and policy think tank that has been a leader in electronic discovery, complex litigation and intellectual property.
Burns has been a prolific speaker on topics relating to patent and other intellectual property law, electronic discovery and mediation for national organizations such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, The Copyright Society of the USA, Association of Corporate Council of America, Licensing Executives Society, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona and Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He has also designed and taught a course entitled "Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property" at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
He is admitted to practice in Arizona, California, Texas, District of Columbia, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
At the College of Law, Burns teaches Patent Litigation, Biotechnology Licensing and Litigation and Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence.
B.S., Boston College (1981)
J.D., Boston College (1984)