• Wake Forest University – J.D.
  • Davidson College – B.A., Political Science
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Wake County Commissioner for District 7 (former)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh – Elder, Deacon and Youth Leader
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary – President’s Advisory Council
  • William Black Lodge – Vice President of Board of Trustees
  • Raleigh Hall of Fame – Board of Directors (former), Advisory Board
  • Youth sports coach and volunteer
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina General Court of Justice
  • North Carolina State Bar

John 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.

John 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, John enhanced his practice, adding international arbitration, as well as a focus on the renewable power industry.

In November 2014, John was elected to serve as a County Commissioner for Wake County, the 1.1 million person capital county of North Carolina, serving until December 2018. With oversight responsibility for the county’s $1.3 Billion budget, John helped lead the county through the development of cutting-edge environmental and energy standards, an increase in the school budget, the adoption of the first comprehensive mass transit plan in the county’s history, and the restructuring of the county’s economic development incentives program.