Debra Burns, JD, PhD
graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law with concentrations in Tax and Intellectual Property (IP). She is a tax-focused attorney. Her publications include "Golden Apple of Discord: International Cost-Sharing Arrangements"
in the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal
(2015) and "Titans and Trolls Enter the Open-Source Arena
" in Hastings Science and Technology Journal
(2013). She won the 2012 Roger J. Traynor Writing Competition at the U.C. Hastings College of the Law for "Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Pay: States, Their Public-Pension Bills, and the Constitution.
" While at Hastings, she served as an Executive Supervising Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
and as an Articles Editor for the Hastings Science and Technology Journal
Debra’s previous legal and paralegal positions have involved tax, probate, intellectual property, employment law, and civil litigation. Before law school, she provided paralegal services for Morrison & Foerster, LLP (patent prosecution), Santa Clara County Office of County Counsel (probate and civil litigation), and several high-technology companies (intellectual property). She also wrote research-grant proposals for Burns Engineering and managed the accounting and business-related records.