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Paul Richard Burglin

Oakland DUI Defense Attorney Paul Burglin
Super Lawyer AVVO National College for DUI Defense National College for DUI Defense DUI Defense Law AV Martindale Hubbel

Attorney Paul Burglin assists people throughout the Oakland, Bay Area, Marin County, and the wine regions of Sonoma and Napa Counties who have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI). He has been involved in over 5,000 DUI cases since 1985, and he has acted as lead counsel in over 120 DUI jury trials. As one of the most accomplished and seasoned DUI defense attorneys in the state of California, Mr. Burglin has gained the respect of judges and prosecutors, who know that he provides tenacious advocacy for his clients.

Paul Burglin has co-authored the two-volume treatise California Drunk Driving Law since 2004, and this guide is regularly used by other attorneys as they prepare defenses in DUI cases. He serves a regent of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), and he regularly attends the NCDD's annual seminar and works as editor-in-chief of its national Journal. As a graduate of the University of Indiana's comprehensive course on chemical testing and scientific protocols for DUI, Mr. Burglin has extensive knowledge of the methods law enforcement officials use to prosecute DUI cases.

Paul Burglin represents those who have made potentially serious mistakes and works to help them avoid DUI convictions and minimize the impact to their driving privileges.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985

Practice Areas

  • DUI Defense
  • DMV Administrative License Hearings
  • Professional License Defense
  • Criminal Defense

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2019 - Present
  • Board-Certified in DUI Defense, as approved by the American Bar Association
  • Certificate of Completion of the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety

Published Works

  • California Drunk Driving Law (2004-2017), by Paul Burglin, Barry Simons & Ed Kuwatch, James Publishing

Affiliations & Offices Held

  • National College for DUI Defense, Dean
  • Marin County Alternative Defenders, Inc., Director
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member
  • California DUI Lawyers Association, Past Director


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, May 1984, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1980, Political Science
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