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Pieter Gunst

Co-founder @ LawGives

Silicon Valley, California, USA

About me

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my personal website. I invite you to have a look at my projects. If you are interested in contributing to a project or to access to justice in general, please get in touch.

As for me, I'm deeply passionate about the intersection of law and technology. I grew up in Belgium ( ˚ 1985), where I spent my youth tinkering with computers and the Internet, playing at my local scouting group and visiting botanical gardens with the family.

Driven by a desire to better understand the inner-workings of our society, I chose to study law. After my studies, I practiced in the Intellectual Property and Technology Department of DLA Piper. There I enjoyed the challenge of working on complex business and government matters whilst getting exposure to legal aid work through the Bar Association Pro Bono program.

In 2010, I received a scholarship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) and moved to Silicon Valley to attend the Stanford Law School Law, Science and Technology program. During my time at Stanford, I picked up the entrepreneurial vibe and co-founded LawGives.

Upon graduating from Stanford, I became a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, started organizing Code = Law and became involved at StartX, three unique communities of entrepreneurs, legal tech innovators and law students.

As a co-founder of LawGives, I combine my legal and technical skills to build tools that aim to make legal help universally accessible. I enjoy working with lawyers, clients and organizations on a strategic, tactical and operational level.

In my spare time, I enjoy discussing successes and failures with other (burgeoning) founders and working on projects like the ones you find on this page.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property, Technology, Privacy, Telecommunications and Internet Law.


Startups, Social Entrepreneurship, Net Neutrality, Software Development, HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails.

Professional Experience
Organization Position Duration
LawGives Co-Founder Jan 2012 - Present
Stanford Center for Legal Informatics Fellow Jan 2011 - Present
Stanford Law School Teaching Assistant Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
SurveyMonkey In-house Attorney Aug 2011 - Feb 2012
DLA Piper Lawyer Aug 2008 - Jun 2010

School Degree Graduated
Stanford Law School LL.M 2011
Ghent University Master of Law 2008
Sint Barbaracollege Secondary Education 2003

Office Address

399 Webster St

San Francisco, CA, 94117

United States