Orfalea College of Business

Bradford Anderson

Bradford Anderson

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Business Law

E-mail: bpanders@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-5210
Office: 03-408 and 70-204


  • Juris Doctor (Law), magna cum laude, State University of New York, 1987. Law Review (Assoc. 1985-86, Senior Editor 1986-87). Active Member of California Bar. Original Admission in Massachusetts (1987).
  • Bachelor of Arts, with highest distinction, Purdue University, 1984. Phi Beta Kappa.

Teaching Specializations

Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business; Corporate Governance; Business Law; Labor/Employment Law.

Research Interests and Experience

Trade Secret Law; Labor/Employment Law; Corporate/Business Law; Securities and Investment Regulation; Taxation; Land Use Planning.

Areas Published

Trade Secret Law and Employee Non-Competition Agreements; Energy Law; Tort Law; International Product Liability; International Intellectual Property Law.

Business, Industrial, Government Experience

Manager of Contracts for Major Capital Projects, California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo)
HR/Labor Relations Counsel, Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, California)
General Counsel, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (San Jose, California)
Senior Attorney, Mitsubishi Electronics America, Inc. (Sunnyvale, California)
Corporate Counsel, KENETECH Corporation/US Windpower (San Francisco, California)
Senior Attorney, New England Electric System (Westborough, Massachusetts)
Associate, Bingham, Dana & Gould (Now Bingham McCutchen) (Boston, Massachusetts)


(1) Bradford P. Anderson, Robbing Peter to Pay for Paul’s Residential Real Estate Speculation: The Injustice of Not Taxing Forgiven Mortgage Debt, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Volume 36, Issue 1 (forthcoming: December 2011).


(2) Bradford P. Anderson, Toyota: The Mechanical Fix May Be In, But The Legal Problems Are Just Starting, Automotive Litigation Reporter, Volume 29, Issue 17 (February 16, 2010).

(3) Bradford P. Anderson, Welcome to My Flipperhood: A Call to Repair the Residential Real Estate Tax Swindle, Georgetown University Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 415-436 (Spring 2009).

(4) Bradford P. Anderson, Edwards V. Arthur Andersen LLP -- There Is No “Narrow Restraint” Exception To California’s Prohibition Of Non-Competition Agreements, And A General Release May Not Mean What It Says, Golden Gate University Law Review, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp. 163-173 (Spring 2009).

(5) Bradford P. Anderson, Please Release Me, Let Me Go! Releases Of Unknown Claims In The Penumbra Of California Civil Code Section 1542, University of California at Davis Business Law Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 1-46 (Fall 2008).

(6) Bradford P. Anderson, Complete Harmony Or Mere Détente? Shielding California Employees From Non-Competition Covenants While Simultaneously Protecting Employer Trade Secrets, University of California at Davis Business Law Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp. 8-34 (Fall 2007).

(7) Bradford P. Anderson, Book Review, Handbook of Intellectual Property Management and Intellectual Property Law in China, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 23 (4), 386-388 (2006).

(8) Bradford P. Anderson, Book Review, International Product Liability Law, a Worldwide Desk Reference, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 22 (3), 295-297 (2005).

(9) Bradford P. Anderson, “Energy Service Company Contracts” (Chapter 4, pages 39-63), A Guide to Energy Service Companies, Bullock & Caraghiaur, Prentice-Hall/Fairmont Press (2001).


  • Opinion-Editorial regarding BP Oil Spill, June 9, 2010,
  • Quoted in Houston Business Journal, June 4, 2010, regarding force majeure contract provisions: http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2010/06/07/story1.html
  • Quoted in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, October 15, 2008, regarding sub-prime mortgage meltdown on Wall Street (page A1).

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