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MEMBER PROFILE: Patrick R. Burns

Minnesota mediator Patrick  Burns
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Patrick R. Burns
Burns Law Firm
1624 Harmon Place
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Tel: (612) 877-6400
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Calendar Last Updated: 17 Oct 18


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ADR Services:
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Patrick R. Burns has experience in the following areas of Civil Law:
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Biographical Notes:

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Patrick focuses his practice on ADR and civil litigation. He represents individuals, businesses and non-profits with issues ranging from corporate, employment and consumer matters to franchise, commercial and contract matters. In addition to being a practicing mediator and arbitrator, he has extensive experience representing parties in mediation and arbitration, and formerly served as vice president of the American Arbitration Association in Minneapolis.

Patrick is peer-review rated "AV - Peeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and was named as a 2015 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.  Listed in Best Lawyers for arbitration, he is also one of only four mediators in Minnesota to be certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He has been recognized in 2014 - 2018 as a "Super Lawyer" for ADR and Litigation by Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine.  Minnesota Lawyer named him one of 20 “Up and Coming Attorneys” in the state in 2007; and in 2010 he was named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in ADR and litigation. Patrick was formerly the chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's 400+ member ADR Section.


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  • LAW MASTERS (LL.M) in Dispute Resolution. 
    Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution)
    Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army, Charlottesville, Virginia
    Military Rank: Captain; Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia
    University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    Editor of South Dakotan Lawyer; clinical internship; pro bono work for Yankton Sioux Tribe; graduate assistant to the Dean.
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota Named Graduate Student of the Year; graduate assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs 
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE - University of South Dakota;  Speech and Philosophy (double major)


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Memberships & Affiliations:

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  • Minnesota and Wisconsin State Bars
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court
  • 7th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • US District Court, South Dakota and Minnesota 
  • US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers - Arbitration
  • Recognized as a 2015 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer magazine 
  • Peer-review rated AV “Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Minnesota "Super Lawyer" 2014 - 2018 for ADR and litigation
  • Named Minnesota Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2010
  • Certified Mediator – International Mediation Institute
  • Minnesota Supreme Court qualified neutral (Rule 114)
  • Past-chair of Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section
  • AAA national panel mediator and arbitrator
  • Named 2007 “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • 2007 LINC graduate (HCBA)
  • HCBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee – Former Chair; authored revision of HCBA Fee Arbitration Rules
  • Dillon Graduate Achievement Award (USD)
  • University of St. Thomas Law School Mentor program participant



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