Jeffrey A. Burns

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  • Founding Partner at Dollar, Burns & Becker L.C.
  • City Center Square, 1100 Main Street, Suite 2600, Kansas City, MO 64105-5194
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Jeff Burns succeeds at truck crash litigation because he knows the industry inside and out. A leading expert on federal motor carrier regulations, Burns makes it a point to stay at the forefront of developments in the trucking industry. Since joining Dollar, Burns & Becker in 2005, he has worked to inspire a cultural shift in how trucking companies regulate driver fatigue. Burns serves as a member of multiple federal committees on transportation safety and also works with grassroots organizations such as Parents Against Tired Truckers. Jeff became involved in truck safety “literally, by accident.” “Many years ago,” Burns recalls, “in my first truck crash case I represented a client who had lost his wife and two daughters, ages 6 and 9, in a crash caused by a fatigued truck driver. I had a daughter about the age of the younger girl at the time,” he notes, “and the more I learned about the trucking industry by working on that case, the more I was afraid of putting my family on the highway. I was shocked to learn that 1 in every 5 truck drivers admits to have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days.”“That first case was a life-changing event for me,” states Burns. “Standing in the weeds next to the highway at the scene of the crash, I promised the girls’ father their deaths would not be in vain; that I would make sure that their loss would make a difference.” He spent much of the next twenty years in Washington, D.C. working on the issues, trying to improve safety rules, and advocating for more enforcement and more public awareness of the problem in fulfillment of that promise. “No one had heard of truck driver fatigue back then and the issue still doesn’t have the public awareness it needs,” he notes.

Awards and Honors

- Missouri Lawyers' Weekly - Unsung Hero Award

- Parents Against Tired Truckers - Lifesaver Award

- Truck Safety Coalition - Distinguished Service Award

- Super Lawyers - 2005-2018

- Best Lawyers in America - 2005 and 2017

- American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Attorneys - 2008-2016

- National Registry of Who's Who - Lifetime Member

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Truck Accidents

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
816-876-2600  Phone
Toll Free: 877-816-2600
University Attended:
Truman State University, B.S.E., summa cum laude, 1978; Universidad Complutense De Madrid, Estudios Hispanicos, 1979; Northeast Missouri State University, Industrial Education, 1978
Law School Attended:
Leicester University Faculty of Law, England; University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., with Honors, 1983
Year of First Admission:
1983, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1983, Missouri
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association | The Missouri Bar | Truck Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice; Member, Former Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary | Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section | Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys | Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Member and Board of Directors | Parents Against Tired Truckers | Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Former Director | Transportation Research Board, Current Member and Former Friend of the Board | National Freight Advisory Committee | Alliance for Safe Highways, Former Director | Center for Truck Safety, Former Director | National Registry of Who's Who | American Bar Association | American Association for Justice
Birth Information:
St. Louis, MO, 1956
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