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J. Franklin Burns

J. Franklin Burns

also known as Frank Burns

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About Me

Frank Burns, Esq. is the founder of J. Franklin Burns, P.C. and a native of Gainesville, Georgia. He began his legal career at Gorby & Reeves, an insurance defense law firm where he represented employers and insurance companies in Workers’ Compensation matters across the State of Georgia.

In 2002, he opened his law practice, J. Franklin Burns, P.C., devoting his practice exclusively to the representation of injured workers and personal injury victims. His experience in representing "the other side” has proven to be invaluable with respect the representation of injured workers.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 48%
    29 years
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
    29 years
  3. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%



Contingent (25%)

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Michael David Bixon

    Extremely skilled attorney. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to a client.


    Michael Bixon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Howard E. Spiva

    J. Franklin stands out as a leader in the practice of Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury, and Employee Discrimination law. Still extremely active in the law community, he frequently speaks at worker’s compensation seminars, sharing his knowledge about common injuries in the workplace. In 2010, Mr. Burns was appointed by the Chairman to join the Legislative Committee of the Advisory Council. The Legislative Committee represents all stakeholders in the workers' compensation system, and composes workers' compensation laws for the State of Georgia. This honor shows the high esteem we all hold for him within the law community. I lend J. Franklin Burns my personal endorsement.


    Howard Spiva Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

J. Franklin Burns P.C.

6100 Lake Forrest Drive Suite 570
Atlanta, GA, 30328


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198710/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Super LawyerGeorgia Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerGeorgia Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerGeorgia Super Lawyers2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
founding partnerJ. Franklin Burns, P.C.2002 - Present
PartnerGorby, Reeves, Peters & Burns, P.C.1987 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Knights of the BarMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
$230,000 settlementsettlement
$242,856.00 cash settlement plus $168,819.00 Medicare Set-Asidesettlement plus Medicare Set-Aside
$130,000 settlementsettlement
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Publication NameTitleDate
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationWhat I Know About . . . Running A Law Firm: Top Ten List2006
National Business Institute, Atlanta, GA“Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Georgia: Techniques And Strategies”2003
National Business Institute“Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Georgia”1997
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of the SouthN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
ICLE GA“Workplace Injuries: Understanding the Workers’ Compensation System”2011
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association“Subrogation In The Workers’ Compensation System”2010
Atlanta Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section“How To Fix The Workers’ Compensation System"2009
ICLE GAStatutory and Case Law Update in Workers’ Compensation2008