Patrick T. Burns


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San Francisco

Patrick is an associate with Hanson Bridgett's Appellate Practice Group, where he focuses on appeals and law and motion in the state and federal courts.

Before joining Hanson Bridgett, Patrick worked at a global law firm, where his practice focused on commercial litigation. He has experience litigating complex and high-stakes disputes in bankruptcy, class actions, products liability, and multi-district actions. His practice included appellate litigation in federal courts.

Patrick received a B.A. from the University of California at Irvine, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (magna cum laude). He was a Senior Notes Editor of the Hastings Law Journal, was a member of the moot court board, and successfully briefed and argued a Ninth Circuit pro bono appeal with the Hastings Appellate Project. He also served as an extern for the Honorable Justice Ming Chin on the California Supreme Court.


"Calif. High Court Could Limit DA Enforcement Actions," Law360 (June 2020)

"Amicus Briefs: The Difficulties in Navigating the Party Presentation Rule," Appellate Insight (June 2020)

“Parole Evidence,” chapter in The Jurisprudence of Roger Traynor (2015)

Note, Peasant Revolt: Why Congress Should Eliminate the Tax Benefits on Dead Peasant Policies, 65 HASTINGS L.J. 551 (2014)

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Professional Affiliations

UC Hastings College of the Law Moot Court Team, Alumni Coach

Judicial Clerkships

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Justice Ming Chin, California Supreme Court 

Academic Distinction

CALI and Witkin Awards in Legal Writing & Research; American Legal History; Evidence; Criminal Procedure; Constitutional Law II

Hastings Law Journal, Senior Notes Editor

Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Notes Editor


J.D., magna cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2014)

M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (2009)

B.A., University of California, Irvine (2006)

Admissions And Courts


San Francisco

(415) 995-5102 Direct Phone
(415) 995-3517 Fax

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