Brian Burgoon is a trial attorney with over 21 years experience practicing law. He founded The Burgoon Law Firm in 2007 after practicing for over a decade with one of Atlanta’s largest and most reputable law firms. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida. Brian has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, and has handled a wide variety of litigation matters, including complex business and contract disputes, business litigation, civil litigation, real estate litigation, business torts, employment/non-compete/trade secrets litigation, plaintiffs’ personal injury, automobile accidents, competitive procurement and bidding disputes, insurance coverage, commercial collections, injunctions, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. Brian’s clients have included individuals, government entities, small businesses and large private and public corporations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Brian also has corporate experience, and has handled the start-up and legal needs of businesses and their owners.
Brian is both a Registered Mediator and a Registered Arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He is an arbitrator on the Large, Complex Case Panel, Commercial Panel and Consumer Panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and he has served as an arbitrator in over 90 arbitrations administered by the AAA. Brian also is a Hearing Officer for employment matters for the Atlanta Board of Education. In addition, the Supreme Court of Georgia has appointed Brian to serve as a Special Master to preside over disciplinary proceedings concerning alleged lawyer misconduct.
Brian is an instrument-rated commercial pilot. He is a Panel Attorney with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), which represents pilots in FAA enforcement proceedings, NTSB investigations and other aviation law matters. He is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia Aviation Law Section, and the Florida Bar Aviation Law Committee.
Brian has a strong commitment to the legal profession, and has been active in professional organizations and public service. In 2000, at the age of 28, Brian became the youngest person ever elected to the Florida Bar Board of Governors, and is currently serving his 19th year representing the more than 15,000 Florida lawyers who live out-of-state on the bar’s governing board. Brian serves on the Florida Bar Executive Committee, chairs the Technology Committee, and is past chair and current chair-elect (vice chair) of the Disciplinary Review Committee, which oversees the prosecution and appeals of lawyer disciplinary violations. Brian also chaired the Florida Bar Rules Committee, served on a statewide commission to review the Florida lawyer disciplinary system and served on the Bar’s review committee for professional ethics and advertising issues.
Brian currently serves as President of the University of Florida Alumni Association, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2010. He also is a member of the UF College of Law’s Board of Trustees, and is past President of the UF College of Law Alumni Council. Additionally, Brian serves on the UF Foundation Board of Directors, and is an inaugural member of the Leadership Council for UF’s Florida Opportunity Scholars Program which provides full financial assistance to underprivileged first generation college students.
Brian’s work has earned him several prestigious awards and honors. In 2014, Brian received The Florida Bar Tony Boggs Excellence in Discipline Award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the lawyer discipline system. In addition, he is a past recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Florida, a recognition of UF alumni under 40 who have distinguished themselves in business, community and public service. Brian is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the peer review rating for the highest level of professional excellence. Brian has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine, and was named to the “Top 100” Georgia Super Lawyers list in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In addition, Brian has been recognized as one of the “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine in both Business Law and Trial every year since 2010, and in 2015, was profiled by Georgia Trend as a "Legal Elite" top vote receiver in Business Law. Brian also was recognized in the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers, and he was named a Georgia Litigation Star in Euromoney’s Benchmark Plaintiffs.
Brian earned his law degree, with high honors, and his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Florida, where he distinguished himself as a student leader. He was elected University of Florida’s Student Body President in 1996, and was selected President/Chair of the State Council of Student Body Presidents by his counterparts at Florida’s public universities. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of the university, Brian was named UF’s Outstanding Male Leader for his graduating class, the university’s most prestigious leadership award, and he was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Coif, and Florida Blue Key.
J.D., with High Honors, University of Florida College of Law, 1997
B.A., with Honors, University of Florida, 1994
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
All Georgia state courts
All Florida state courts
Additional Licenses & Registrations
Registered Mediator and Registered Arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Commercial Pilot, with Instrument Rating and Private Seaplane Rating (FAA)
Remote Pilot Certificate, with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rating for commercial purposes (FAA)
American Arbitration Association (Arbitrator serving on the Large, Complex Case Panel; Commercial Panel; and Consumer Panel)
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) (Panel Attorney)
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
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