Mr. Burns is originally from Ireland where he obtained the first of his two law degrees. Mr. Burns received his law degree in the United States from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California and was graduate speaker for his graduating class. He is active in the legal community and has served on numerous Trial Lawyer associations and Boards.
Mr. Burns has tried many cases and has built a reputation as a fierce litigator but one who is respected in his legal community. He has obtained many significant verdicts including a verdict of $1.4 million dollars in a medical malpractice action against the County of Los Angeles. Mr. Burns was also co-counsel on a personal injury case, which resulted in the largest verdict in Southern California involving the loss of a spleen. Other significant verdicts and settlements include a $1,300,000 settlement for co-counsel on a case in Arizona involving misrepresentations to mobile home owners regarding the length of lease for senior residents, a $775,000 settlement for a girl injured at school, a $400,000 settlement for a young girl who was hit by a bat at a company picnic, a $462,000 verdict in a Breach of contract dispute, a $225,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on a grape in a grocery store, a $4.25 million dollar policy limits settlement for automobile wrongful death, and an elder financial abuse settlement after 7 days of trial in Orange County involving repayment of over $575,000 to the victim. To date, Mr. Burns has secured in excess of $25 million collectively for his clients through verdicts and settlements.
As a trial attorney, Mr. Burns is experienced in handling cases involving business disputes and trademark issues as well as serious personal injury cases, including but not limited to, automobile and pedestrian accidents, victims of criminal attacks on commercial premises, product design and defect cases. Mr. Burns is known throughout his community for his ability to handle difficult and emotional cases with skill and also for his creativity with litigation strategy and resolution. Mr. Burns has also handled several appeals and has an impressive success rate in appeals where his client has been the prevailing party approximately half of the time.
Mr. Burns and his team of capable attorneys and staff also are skilled in handling criminal matters, ranging from serious felonies to misdemeanors and have achieved significant victories for his clients in that area. Additionally, Mr. Burns represents parties in divorce and custody matters as well as financial elder abuse cases and is known for his ability to litigate and resolve complex elder financial abuse matters. His mixture of compassion and zealous advocacy makes him a dependable and capable ally during these difficult times and he prides himself on the number of clients who he has assisted who have gone on to refer their family and friends because of their level of satisfaction with his performance and professionalism.
He is a frequent writer and lecturer and has written on subjects including entitlement to Medical Payments for Injured Patrons, How to Prosecute a Third-Party Criminal Attack Case and the validity of releases. Mr. Burns was the managing attorney for one of the largest personal injury firms in Southern California and has extensive experience in representing clients and obtaining significant results for them. He takes pride in monitoring every case closely so that clients not only obtain a satisfactory result but are aware of the process and what is going on with their case on a constant basis.
Mr. Burns is also an active parent and has served as a Cub Scout Master, an elementary school football and debate coach and is also active in his local Parish. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, negotiating for and representing fighters and reading history and writing.