Attorney John Burns joined the Forrest Firm’s Raleigh office in April 2018. Mr. Burns represents clients in a wide variety of matters involving commercial litigation, arbitrations, and appeals, with insights and perspectives gained from over 20 years as a practicing attorney in North Carolina.
John frequently serves clients in the financial services industry and has represented companies in corporate contract and tort disputes, loan workouts, commercial foreclosures and collections, and construction contracting disputes. He has also represented clients in bankruptcy proceedings across North Carolina and in Delaware.
Mr. Burns began his legal career in 1999 at the High Point firm of Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, building his initial practice in civil litigation. In 2001, he moved to the Raleigh office of Hunton & Williams, where he spent over eight years working in the areas of civil litigation, bankruptcy, financial services litigation, general commercial contract litigation and corporate torts.
In 2009, John joined the Raleigh office of Williams Mullen. During his time at Williams Mullen, Mr. Burns enhanced his practice, adding international arbitration, as well as a focus on the renewable power industry.
John Burns graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1992 from Davidson College. He studied for a year at McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and in 1997, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem. From 1997-1999, John served as a law clerk for Senior U. S. District Judge Earl Britt in Raleigh.
Mr. Burns is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. He is a member of the Wake County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the North Carolina General Court of Justice, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the U. S. District Courts of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U. S. Supreme Court.
John Burns is active in the Wake County community. He previously served as a Wake County Commissioner, representing District 7. John is also an elder, deacon, and youth leader at First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Hall of Fame.
Education (John D. Burns)
♦ J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1997
♦ B.A., Political Science, Davidson College, 1992
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