Koray Bulut

Koray J. Bulut

Koray J. Bulut
San Francisco
+1 415 733 6009

Koray J. Bulut, a partner in Goodwin’s Employment practice and a leader of the firm’s Trade Secrets, Employee Mobility + Non-Competes group, focuses his practice on employment law, with an emphasis on litigation matters. He is experienced litigating cases in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, in a wide variety of disputes, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition, enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful termination and breach of contract.

With more than a decade of experience collaborating with employers ranging in size from start-ups to large public companies, Mr. Bulut advises employers on all facets of employment relationships, including establishment of employment policies and contracts, classification of employees, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, risk assessment of harassment and discrimination claims, terminations, reductions in force and post-termination protection of trade secrets. He is experienced in conducting onsite sexual harassment and discrimination training for clients as well as in conducting training on internal investigations for human resources professionals.

Mr. Bulut serves as Co-Chair of Pride@Goodwin.


Mr. Bulut’s client work has included:

  • Defending, through trial, a Fortune 50 client in a closely watched pregnancy and discrimination and retaliation action brought by a member of the client’s executive team claiming over $40 million in damages.*
  • Winning summary judgment in a disability and age discrimination case on behalf of a large semiconductor client.*
  • Achieving a complete defense verdict in a breach of contract and fraud case brought by a founder and former chief executive against several venture capital firms and board members.*
  • Representing a large pharmaceutical company in its prosecution of misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and breach of non-compete claims brought against a departing executive who formed a competitive joint venture.*
  • Obtaining an injunction for a start-up company preventing a founder and chief technology officer from working for a large public competitor or using the client’s trade secret information.*
  • Winning a motion to dismiss claims alleging theft of non-trade secret information, resulting in a strongly worded, and often-cited, federal opinion that the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act comprehensively preempts tort claims arising from theft of confidential information.*
  • Advising client through large-scale employee misclassification audit conducted by state and federal agencies.*
  • On behalf of a large Bay Area technology company, obtaining dismissals with prejudice of suits brought by both the alleged harasser and the alleged harassment victim for wrongful termination.*
  • Authoring California Supreme Court petition for review and appellate briefs in Reid v. Google Inc. relating to summary adjudication of age and disability discrimination claims. 50 Cal. 4th 512 (2010).*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Bulut was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. Previously, he practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for nearly a decade.

Mr. Bulut served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Mary E. Hannon of Minnesota District Court.

Mr. Bulut is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the California Bar Association.




University of Minnesota Law School

(cum laude)


Carleton College



  • California

Recognition & Awards

  • Mr. Bulut has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2020 to 2022, where clients praise Mr. Bulut as “excellent,” stating that he “offers exceptional quality of answers, guidance and commercial awareness.” 
  • Mr. Bulut was named a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer for 2020 by the Daily Journal.
  • Mr. Bulut was Recommended in Trade Secrets and Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards by the Legal 500 in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
  • Mr. Bulut has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Employment Law 2023.


Mr. Bulut’s recent publications have included: