Robert Burns



Location: San Diego, California
Phone: 619-223-0441
Fax: 847-557-1220
E-mail: E-mail Me

As a “People’s Lawyer”, Robert Burns takes on small and large cases for individuals, families, and small-business owners providing competent and assertive representation in and out of the Courts and the media, yet works diligently to avoid unnecessary litigation which may adversely affect the desired budget and outcome. Hire an attorney who will take your case seriously, and provide prudent counsel (not merely what you want to hear).

Education and Certification

Doctorate of Law (1979)
Passage of the California Bar Exam on first sitting (1979)
Lifetime community-college teaching credential (1980)
Extensive past and continuing post-graduate education
Unblemished disciplinary record

Work Experience

Broad, full-time practice of law since 1980
Solo practitioner since 1982
Computer literate since 1985
Internet proficient since 1997

Areas of Practice

Family Law
Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
Personal Injury — Plaintiff
Probate & Estate Administration
Family Relations
Custody and Hague Convention

Litigation Percentage

40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

California, 1980
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1984


Western State University College of Law, San Diego, California – 1979
Imperial Valley College, Imperial, California
A.A. (Cum Laude) – 1976

Honors and Awards

Certificate of Appreciation from VISTA
California Community College Instructor Credential

Professional Associations and Memberships

National Lawyers Guild, Member, Local Chapter Steering Committee, 1982 – Present
California Bar Association, Member, 1980 – Present
South Dakota County Bar Association, Member, Committee Member, 1980 – Present
Ocean Beach Planning Board, Incorporated, 1980 – 1984
Friends of Famosa Slough, 1985 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

Ocean Beach Planning Board Director, 1980 – 1984
Point Loma Tunnel Outfall Advisory Group Panelist, 1994 – 1996
Environmental Advocates Organizer, 1994
Friends of Famosa Slough Organizer/Incorporator/Director, 1984 – 1991
V.I.S.T.A. (AmeriCorps) Community Organizer and Attorney, 1980 – 1981

State Bar No. 91489

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