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Lee Burgunder

Lee Burgunder

Office 03-319
Phone 805-756-2831
Fax 805-756-1473

Professor of Law and Public Policy

Lee Burgunder

Lee Burgunder has been a professor of business law and technology policy at Cal Poly for over 30 years. He is highly acclaimed as an innovative teacher at Cal Poly, having received numerous honors for instructional effectiveness, including the university’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Burgunder has published a wide array of articles in various prestigious journals primarily dealing with intellectual property and technology law topics, but also in other fields such as finance and marketing. He is the sole author of Legal Aspects of Managing Technology, which is currently in its 5th edition, and was also a co-author of the textbook, Business, Government, and Public Policy. His colleagues have recognized the quality of his research at many academic conferences, where he has won several distinguished paper awards. He also has been involved with a variety of professional organizations, and previously served as president of the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Professor Burgunder received an A.B. from Dartmouth College, and earned a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He worked at Patton Boggs, a law firm in Washington, D.C, before coming to Cal Poly in 1983.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • A.B., Dartmouth College


Business and Professional Experience

  • Patton Boggs, Attorney
  • Carsel & Carsel, Of Counsel
  • President, Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Chair, Technology Law Section, Academy of Legal Studies in Business


Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Aspects of Managing Technology
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business


Published Textbooks

  • Lee Burgunder. The Legal Aspects of Managing Technology, 5th ed. Cengage Learning (2011)
  • Dan Bertozzi, Jr. and Lee Burgunder. Business, Government, and Public Policy. Prentice Hall (1989).


Recent Publications

  • Lee Burgunder, The Selfie-Made Man: A Case Study in Law, Ethics, and Instagram. Journal of Legal Studies Education (Summer 2016).
    • Winner of the Hoeber Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Article published by the Journal of Legal Studies Education in 2016.
  • Lee Burgunder, The Supreme Court Performs the Right Notes for Dish in Aereo. Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law (Summer 2015).
  • Lee Burgunder, Can the PTO Find Its Way with Jesus?. Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review (Winter 2015).
  • Lee Burgunder, Opportunistic Trademarking of Slogans: It’s No Clown Issue, Bro. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (2013).
  • Lee Burgunder, The Scoop on Betty Boop: A Proposal to Limit Overreaching Trademarks. Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review (2012).
    • Reprinted in Intellectual Property Law Review (2013), by virtue of being judged one of the most outstanding trademark articles published by a law journal in the previous year.
  • Lee Burgunder, Trademark Protection of Live Animals: The Bleat Goes On. John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law (Summer 2011).


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