Firm Overview

Helping people move through the tough times

Our founder, John Burns, has been practicing family law since 1992. Throughout his career, John has distinguished himself as a respected Trial Attorney and Appellate Advocate. He and his colleagues at the Burns Law Office continue to enhance that well-earned reputation as a small, supportive law firm, adept at effectively negotiating and litigating all aspects of family law to a positive outcome for our clients.

Burns Law Office helps people in Burnsville, Lakeville and the Twin Cities secure positive outcomes for divorce, spousal maintenance and other family law concerns.

Please call at (952) 898-6834. Contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation about your family law concerns.

An Attorney Recommended by the Other Side

Frequently clients are referred to the Burns Law Office by individuals who were on the opposing side of previous divorce proceedings. They send their family members and friends to us when they need a strong advocate to pursue a divorce. We consider these referrals to be a testament to our proven ability to be both fair and effective to all parties involved in the process.

Able, Responsible and Responsive Representation

The Burns Law Office represents people from all walks of life. Our lawyers handle everything from simple, straightforward divorces to complex child support modification issues, child custody disputes, contentious spousal maintenance claims and appeals. We do what it takes to make sure that your divorce outcome is as favorable as possible. Our attorneys will promptly respond to your concerns via e-mail, phone calls, and in-person office visits.

Caring Community Member and Lifelong Minnesota Resident

Our principal lawyer, John Burns, was honored with the 2007 Hero’s Award be Legal Aid of Dakota County due to his ongoing work for legal aid. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Family Law, lists of top lawyers, and voted by his peers as a Super Lawyer in 2003 and 2004. John received the “BV distinguished”  peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell.  He is a past president of the First District Bar Association, and the Dakota County Bar Association. He has also served on the First District Ethics Committee for several years.

He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with majors in History and Political Science while also playing on the football team.  John received his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law where he graduated cum laude.  While there he competed in moot court competitions, receiving the highest score at the national level.

He served as a law clerk at the Indiana Supreme Court before returning to Minnesota to join a group practice in 1992.  He has established himself with the bench and bar in Dakota and Scott Counties since opening his private practice in 1994.  He has written several articles and teaches continuing education courses to attorneys on a variety of family law topics. He enjoys coaching youth sports in the community, particularly football and basketball.



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