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Mr. Burns is also a member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, which is a distinction awarded only to those attorneys who have successfully obtained a recovery of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) on behalf of a client. Mr. Burns has been awarded the AV (highest) rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for professional competence and ethics, based on a poll of local lawyers and judges.
Mr. Burns attended law school at the University of Florida where he was Vice-President of the Student Body and a member of the Law Review, Student Honor Court and University Hall of Fame. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1982. He was also admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1983. Mr. Burns is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida and Georgia, including the Florida Supreme Court and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida and the Middle District of Georgia as well as the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Burns has practiced law in Tallahassee since 1982, concentrating primarily in the area of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including such areas as automobile accidents, truck accidents, off-road vehicle accidents, injuries from dangerous and defective products and equipment, injuries from exposure to toxic substances, and injury resulting from professional negligence. Mr. Burns has tried numerous cases. He has also handled appeals before the state appellate courts, including the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Burns is also certified as a Circuit Civil Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.
Mr. Burns has taught several continuing legal education (CLE) seminars (and has been a contributing author to several CLE manuals) dealing with the following subjects: Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Florida, Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Florida, Trial Advocacy in Florida and Insurance Litigation.
Mr. Burns is a member of the American Bar Association and is a member of its Section on Torts and Insurance Practice, Automobile Liability Committee and Trial Techniques Committee. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar as well as a member of the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice.
Phi Alpha Delta. Florida Blue Key. Member, University of Florida Law Review, 1980-1982. Elected to University of Florida Student Hall of Fame, 1981. Contributing Author: "Cross-Examination of Witnesses," Trial Advocacy In Florida Manual, 1991; "How to Assess Damages," Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Florida Manual, 1991; "Defense Planning for the Automobile Accident Case," Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Florida Manual, 1991; "First Party Bad Faith", Insurance Litigation in Florida Manual, 1993; "Ethical Considerations" and "Prosecuting the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claim," Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Florida Manual, 2000.
(Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)