publications  &  PRESENTATIONS

honors & recognitions



  • Brian Burgoon Outstanding Mentorship Award, University of Florida Student Government (2021) (award created by UF Student Government in Brian Burgoon's honor) (inaugural recipient)
  • Austin Peele Distinguished Trustee Award, UF College of Law (2021)
  • Myra Morgan Outstanding Mentorship Award, Florida Blue Key (2019)
  • Tony Boggs Excellence in Discipline Award, The Florida Bar (2014)
  • University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (2009)
  • Rated AV-Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Top 100" Georgia Super Lawyers list (2015-24)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers list (2014-24)
  • Georgia Rising Stars list (2009-12)
  • Georgia Trend "Legal Elite," Trial & Business Law (2010-23)
  • Profiled in Georgia Trend as a "Legal Elite" top vote receiver in Business Law (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2020-24)
  • Georgia Litigation Star, Euromoney's Benchmark Plaintiffs (2012-14)
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, State Bar of Georgia (1999, 2000)


  • UF Outstanding Leader Award (for graduating class)
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame
  • UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame
  • UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Four-Year Scholar Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Coif
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing, UF College of Law

Brian Burgoon recognizes the importance of leadership and community service and has given extensively of his time and expertise in leadership roles with various organizations.  Brian's commitment to public service began in college and law school, and he has carried on that commitment in professional life.  The organizations Brian has served include the following:

The Florida Bar

  • Board of Governors (2000-present)
  • Executive Committee (2011-15, 2017-21, 2023-present)
  • Chair, Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics (2023-present)
  • Vice Chair, Disciplinary Procedure Committee (2023-present)
  • Chair/Co-Chair, Disciplinary Review Committee (2003-04, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2019-20)
  • Chair, Program Evaluation Committee (2020-21)
  • Chair, Technology Committee (2018-19)
  • Chair, Rules Committee (2006-07)
  • Vice Chair of Disciplinary Review Committee (3 terms), Program Evaluation Committee, Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, and Rules Committee
  • Hawkins Commission on the Review of the Discipline System
  • Special Committee on Judicial Referrals of Discipline Cases
  • Special Committee on Technologies Affecting the Practice of Law
  • Board Liaison, Aviation Law Committee
  • Served on:  Strategic Planning, Budget, Audit, Communications, Grievance Mediation & Fee Arbitration, Consumer Protection Law, Pro Bono Legal Services, and Member Benefits Committees 

State Bar of Georgia

  • Appointed by Georgia Supreme Court to serve as a Special Master to preside over attorney disciplinary proceedings
  • Aviation Law Section
  • Past Member, YLD Business Law Committee

University of Florida Alumni Association

  • President (2018-19)
  • President-Elect (2017-18)
  • Vice President (2016-17)
  • Executive Committee (2014-20)
  • Board of Directors (2010-20)

University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees

  • Chair-Elect (2023-present)
  • Vice Chair (2022-23)
  • Secretary (2021-22)
  • Executive Committee (2019-present) 
  • Trustee (2014-15, 2016-present)

University of Florida College of Law Alumni Council

  • President (2014-15)
  • President-Elect (2013-14)
  • Secretary (2012-13)
  • Board of Directors/Executive Committee (2009-16)

University of Florida

  • Search Committee for UF's Vice President for Student Affairs (2019)
  • UF Foundation Board (2018-19)
  • Leadership Council, Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (2014-20) 


  • Student Body President, University of Florida
  • Chair, State Council of Student Body Presidents, State of Florida
  • Board of Masters (Supreme Court), University of Florida
  • Student Traffic Court Chief Justice, University of Florida
  • Senate President, University of Florida
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, University of Florida



Author, Lawyer Discipline – A Roadmap to Florida’s Lawyer Regulation System, Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 98, No. 3 (May/June 2024)

Author, Florida’s Lawyer Discipline System: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 95, No. 1 (Jan./Feb. 2021)

​​​​Author, Rocky Mountain Flying, Vectors (Florida’s Aviation Law Journal), Vol. 4, Issue 1 (Nov. 2015)

Author, The Bar's Procedure for Investigating and Prosecuting Disciplinary Complaints, Florida Bar News (Feb. 1, 2014)

Author, Diversion to Disbarment; The Florida Lawyer Discipline System, Florida Bar News (Dec. 1, 2013)

Co-author, “Eleventh Circuit Reverses Health Care Fraud Convictions of Former HCA Officials,” Georgia Health Law Developments, State Bar of Georgia Health Law Section (Summer 2002)


Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Law, Lawyer Regulation and Discipline (2021, 2023)

​​Guest Lecturer, University of Florida College of Law:  Intro to Lawyering (Professionalism) (2023); Law Firm Management/The Business of Practicing Law (2023); and Law Practice Management & Technology (2018, 2019, 2021)

Facilitator/Group Leader, University of Georgia Law School Professionalism Program (2023) and Emory Law School Professionalism Program (2019-23)

Co-presenter on The Florida Bar’s adoption of ethical guidance on lawyers’ use of artificial intelligence (AI) to the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force (2024)

Co-presenter on Florida's lawyer regulation and discipline process to the Florida Supreme Court, Florida Supreme Court/Florida Bar Executive Committee summit (2019)

Co-presenter, “An Overview of the Lawyer Regulation Process in Florida and Georgia,” Florida Bar Out-of-State Division’s Tech & Ethics Seminar (2018)

Presenter, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's annual ethics & professionalism seminar (2004-07)