Derek Bambauer

Of Counsel



J.D. Harvard Law School (2004)
Harvard College, Marine Biology (1996)

Bar Admissions

• Massachusetts (2004)

Derek Bambauer

Of Counsel

Derek Bambauer is of counsel at the Admon Law Firm and a law professor at the University of Arizona. Bambauer is an internationally-recognized expert on Internet law and intellectual property. At the University of Arizona, he is the co-founder of the IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic, which assists start-up firms, creators, and inventors with free legal counsel. He is a co-recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study the use of artificial intelligence to analyze contracts. Bambauer has published his research in dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and the mainstream press. His pro bono work includes transparency litigation under the federal Freedom of Information Act, the results of which have been covered by the New York Times among other outlets, and representation of cybersecurity researchers. Before becoming a lawyer, Bambauer spent five years working at IBM's Lotus division, most recently as a principal systems engineer. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts (since 2004) and Washington (pending). Bambauer is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A. in History and Science, summa cum laude) and of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude). 

Representative Publications

• Tea and Donuts, 107 Minnesota Law Review (forthcoming 2022) (co-author with Robert W. Woods)
• Cybersecurity:  An Interdisciplinary Problem (2021) (co-author with Justin Hurwitz, David Thaw & Charlotte Tschider)
• Cybersecurity for Idiots. 106 Minnesota Law Review Headnotes (2021)
• Worse than Human? 53 Arizona State Law Journal (co-author with Michael Risch) (2022)
• Paths or Fences:  Patents, Copyrights, and the Constitution, 104 Iowa L. Rev. 1017 (2019).

Complete List of Publications

Professional Licenses

Washington State Managing Real Estate Broker

Notable Cases

1501 1st Ave. N v. Branfman, Cai, et al.

Complex EB-5 and Dissenter’s Rights Litigation and Trial.

Jeff represented 23 minority shareholders from China and Japan in an 8-day trial against American Life, Inc., the nation’s largest EB-5 developer. This was a trial of first impression in Washington. In conjunction with co-counsel, Jeff took the case to verdict, winning over $21 million for his clients.

Leek v. Wang, McDuffie, et al.

Complex Corporate Litigation and Trial

Jeff represented one of the Defendants, a renowned cybersecurity expert and owner of a multinational cybersecurity company. Plaintiff claimed Breach of Contract, Breach of Partnership, Breach of Duty as Partners, Contract Implied in Law, Contract Implied in Fact, Willful Refusal to Pay Wages, Negligent Misrepresentation, Intentionally Misrepresentation, and a host of other claims. After a 4-day trial, the court dismissed all claims against Jeff’s client.

In. Re. Estate of Pinto

Complex Probate Litigation and Trial

A week-long trial where Jeff successfully represented one of the estate beneficiaries, securing a near $1 million total verdict for his client and the return of an invaluable family heirloom.

Vo v. Huynh

Complex Family and Business Litigation and Trial

A highly contentious divorce where Jeff represented the wife. The husband owned and operated a multi-million dollar telecommunication business, and throughout litigation, concealed and wasted vast amounts of community assets. Jeff moved the court to appoint a Receiver, who wound up the business. Jeff secured approximately $400,000 in sanctions against the husband prior to trial. The trial court awarded Jeff’s client all the assets and businesses concealed by the opposing party, in addition to attorney fees.

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