Michael Burshteyn

Associate | San Francisco

mburshteyn@mofo.com | (415) 268-7663

(415) 268-7663

Mike Burshteyn’s practice involves litigating disputes and counseling clients on matters related to privacy, data security, breach preparedness and response, and cybercrime investigations. His practice also involves litigating and counseling on matters involving user and consumer privacy as well as protection of online speech. Drawing on his unique mix of litigation and business experience, Mike is a passionate and measured advocate who offers clients practical legal advice.

Mike has litigated matters in federal and state courts in California, as well as federal courts in Washington and New York. He has represented clients in pre-trial motion practice and briefing, oral argument, discovery, trial, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mike was a litigator at an Amlaw 100 firm and subsequently was the CEO and co-founder of a data security startup focused on moving target defense. Mike established and executed the company’s go-to-market and product strategy, partnering with early adopters including the Air Force, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Fortune 500 companies in the media and financial sectors. In his business capacity, he presented at conferences including Cyberweek at Tel Aviv University, DoD’s Intelligence Information Systems conference, and NASA’s drone symposium, and participated at RSA, Black Hat, AWS re:Invent, and Kubecon.

At his prior firm, Mike litigated complex commercial disputes and helped companies and artists defend their intellectual property. He also counseled clients on—and litigated cases involving—the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, CAN SPAM Act, Communications Decency Act, and Stored Communications Act, among others.

Mike graduated from Emory Law School and as a visiting student attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he worked in the Samuelson Law and Technology Clinic. As an associate editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Mike analyzed early legal implications of bitcoin and blockchain technologies.

Mike honed his passion for client advocacy during his time as a college debater at University of California, Berkeley, where he led the Cal debate team to the number one national ranking. Mike maintains an active pro bono practice defending internet rights, security researcher rights, and housing rights.

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