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Orfalea College of Business

Bradford Anderson

Bradford Anderson

Office 03-326
Phone 805-756-5210

Associate Professor of Accounting and Law

Bradford Anderson

Bradford Anderson holds a Juris Doctor (law degree), magna cum laude, from the State University of New York (Buffalo), School of Law, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Buffalo Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree“with highest distinction” from Purdue University where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

He is an active member of the California Bar, and was originally admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 1987. He joined Cal Poly in 2006 after leaving the private sector.

His law practice experience includes business/corporate law, complex financial transaction structuring, and securities law. During his time as legal counsel at two international based semiconductor firms in Silicon Valley, he handled sophisticated transactional work in the high tech sector, as well as advising on business/corporate law and intellectual property rights.

He previously served as General Counsel (Chief Attorney) of Samsung Semiconductor (USA), Inc. (Silicon Valley), Senior Attorney of Mitsubishi Electronics America, Inc. (Silicon Valley), Legal Counsel to KENETECH Corporation (San Francisco), and Associate at a major international law firm in Boston.

At Cal Poly, Bradford served as Interim Vice President of Research and Economic Development for over six and a half years from January 2013 to August 2019.  He also served as the only Associate Dean of the Orfalea College of Business from 2010-2012, and co-Associate Dean in 2013-2014.

Bradford’s research and publications include:

(1) Shake, Rattle, and Roll:  Developing Seismic Levels of Experiential Contract Analysis Skills with an Earthquake Insurance Policy, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp. 87-125 (2022).  Available at:

(2)  A Little Dictum is a Dangerous Thing:  The Post Pandemic Need to Bust the Myth of a So-Called “Trade Secret” Exception to California’s Statutory Ban on Non-Competition Agreements, Santa Clara Law Review, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp. 245-271 (2022). Available at:

(3) California’s “Ban” on Foie Gras: Let’s Take a Gander at Animal Protection Legislation While Ducking Accusations of Animal Rights Zealotry, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp. 35-68 (2021).  Available at:

(4) 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, pp. 1-30 (December 2011).  Available at:

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

(6) 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).

(7) 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).

(8) 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).

(9) 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, 8 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 8, pp 8-34(2007).

(10) Foreseeability of Harm Versus Public Policy Factors. Tort and Insurance Law Journal, American Bar Association, 21, 688-692 (1986).

He authored the following book chapter:

A Guide to Energy Service Companies; Chapter 4: Energy Service Company Contracts (pp. Pages 39-63). Boston, MA: Prentice-Hall/Fairmont Press.

He authored the following book reviews:

  • Book Review of Handbook of Intellectual Property Management and Intellectual Property Law in China(4th ed., vol. 23, pp. 386-388). Mt. Laurel, NJ: Journal of Product Innovation Management (2006)
  • Book Review of International Product Liability Law, a Worldwide Desk Reference(3rd ed., vol. 22, pp. 295-297). Mt. Laurel, NJ: Journal of Product Innovation Management (2005).


  • Juris Doctor (Law), magna cum laude, State University of New York, 1987. Member of 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.


  • 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)
  • Associate, Bingham, Dana & Gould (Boston, Massachusetts)


  • Active Member of California Bar (first admitted in Massachusetts, 1987)


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