Robert H. Bunzel
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1981
Harvard College, B.A., 1978 (English and American Literature and Language, cum laude)
- Antitrust Trials
- Business Litigation
- Financial Institution Litigation
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Professional Malpractice
- Intellectual Property
- Shareholder & Securities Disputes
- Class Actions
- Environmental Law
- Labor & Employment Law
- Privacy and Security Breach Litigation
Rob Bunzel is a principal in the firm where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil, criminal, or regulatory matters such as venture finance, business and shareholder disputes, environmental and employment law matters, class actions, data breach and professional malpractice.
Mr. Bunzel’s recent jury trials include a $4.85 million plaintiff’s contract breach verdict (2007), successful defense of a US executive in a criminal antitrust trial where the government had obtained 17 guilty pleas for international price-fixing (2008), see “Defending the Last Man Standing“; a $2 million plaintiff’s verdict in a municipal bond financing case (2010); and a total defense verdict in a civil antitrust monopolization trial where the plaintiffs asked the jury for $34 million (2010).
His practice has involved significant international discovery and foreign court appearances, including examinations in Zurich and Lugano through pioneering requests for civil judicial assistance to Switzerland. He has traveled to Asia (Japan, China) to obtain evidence for American civil and criminal proceedings, and has represented foreign officials in U.S. legal matters.
In shareholder cases, Mr. Bunzel has represented corporations, directors/officers, and shareholders in antitrust, finance, sports, real estate, technology, medical and other businesses, and in state and federal litigation and governmental investigations, including re the SEC. In 2011, he secured an $18 million settlement in favor of a bank’s investment advisors He is broadly experienced in representing injured parties in Ponzi schemes. He has lectured for PLI and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers on the subject of internal corporate investigations and international discovery.
In environmental cases, Mr. Bunzel successfully represented the engineers of the nation’s largest hazardous waste facility, and obtained a landmark ruling regarding recoverable costs in superfund litigation, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. He represents landowners, businesses, and agencies in regulatory challenges.
Mr. Bunzel has represented clients in professional malpractice claims, and in other litigation re severance of officers, partners and shareholders, including in the evolving area of privacy and security breach litigation. One of his trials was nationally televised.
He has represented many entrepreneurs injured in business and IP disputes. Mr. Bunzel represented the San Francisco 49ers in their 1999-2001 ownership dispute, and in other player and team matters.
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- State Bar of California
- ABA, Committee on Environmental Litigation
- San Francisco Lawyers’ Club, American Inn of Court, President 2003-2004
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California (ABTL), Board of Directors, President (2011)
- United States Supreme Court Historical Society
- The Fellows of The American Bar Foundation