Paul is an expert in mediation of trade secret-related disputes.  His qualifications and experience include the following:

  • Mediation and Arbitration Panelist, American Arbitration Association, 2004-present;
  • Mediation and Arbitration Panelist, International Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), 2008-present;
  • Mediation and Arbitration Panelist, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s Tech List, which lists highly experienced technology mediators;
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association’s List of Mediators and Arbitrators, which lists highly experienced intellectual property mediators;
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the U.S. News No. 1 ranked dispute resolution program in the country, Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution teaching trade secret and technology-related mediation in  “Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property Disputes,” 2008-present;
  • Former Chair, ADR Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association;
  • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2007-2023;
  • Chapter Chair, Licensing Executives Society of the USA and Canada, 2005-present.

Throughout his  legal career, Paul has been called upon to handle complex  trade secret litigation, often involving prosecuting and defending preliminary injunction proceedings.   In 2006, Paul spent over a year working on one of the largest trade secret misappropriation cases in California involving large semiconductor companies in Taiwan and China leading to a preliminary injunction and a favorable settlement.  Since 2008, Paul has taught trade secret mediation at the U.S. News No. 1 ranked Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in his course:  “Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:  Intellectual Property Disputes.”   Paul has been included in Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Litigation 2007 through 2019.   He is a member of The Sedona Conference’s Trade Secret Working Group, and has served as a Chapter Chair for the Licensing Executives Society for many years.  In 2018, Paul presented a program on trade secrets to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s San Diego Chapter.

In 2018, Paul was asked by two AMLAW100 firms to mediate a highly contentious trade secret misappropriation dispute pending in court involving integrated circuit technology with claims exceeding $20 million in damages.  Paul was successful in assisting the parties in reaching an amicable settlement, and by 7:00 pm, the parties had signed a binding settlement agreement resulting in dismissal of the court case.  

Paul Burns experienced arbitrator and mediator

Mediator Paul E. Burns, Esq.
c/o Procopio
633 West 5th Street, 26th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071 

Tel: 424-303-3066
Email: paul.burns@procopio.com