Patrick Burns

Senior Counsel

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San Francisco

Patrick is Senior Counsel 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.


"Recent SCOTUS Opinions on Arbitration Statutes," The Daily Journal (August 2022)

“Disqualifying arbitrators under the California Arbitration Act,” The Daily Journal (February 2022)

“Supreme Court to Resolve Split Over Post-Arbitration Motions,” The Daily Journal (December 2021)

"Appealing Orders Compelling Arbitration Under the FAA," USLAW Magazine Fall 2021 (September 2021)

"PAGA and FAA Preemption," Daily Journal (October 2021)

"Case to Resolve Split on Stateside Discovery for Foreign Arbitration," Daily Journal (May 2021)

"Appealing Orders on Arbitration in Federal Court," Daily Journal (March 2021)

"Arbitrability: Searching for Assent," co-author, Daily Journal (January 2021)

"Consumer Arbitration Wrinkles," co-author, Daily Journal (November 2020)

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

“Parol 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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"Smart ways to use Appellate Specialists at the Trial Level," The Bar Association of San Francisco (August 2022)

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Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2022)

California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2021)

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


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

San Francisco

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

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