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Mr. Burns handles felony, misdemeanor and traffic offenses for the firm.  As a former prosecutor, Mr. Burns knows what the State needs to build its case and how to exploit any holes in their evidence.  He is an experienced trial attorney from both the prosecution and defense sides of the courtroom.  Mr. Burns earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia and returned to the University of Georgia to obtain his Juris Doctorate.  Prior to joining the firm he practiced law as a public defender in Cherokee County and then joined the Cherokee County Solicitor General’s Office.  Mr. Burns was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and now lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife and family.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. DUI & DWI: 33%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 33%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gordon Thomas Nicol

    A true professional. Incredibly knowledgeable, and result driven. Highly recommended. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Scott Thomas Poole

    I have known Michael as an attorney for a number of years. I have been on opposing sides of criminal cases with him when I was a prosecutor, and I have watched him represent clients in court now that I am in private practice. In all of those instances, Michael has always impressed me with both his skill as a lawyer and in his demeanor with his clients.


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Contact info

900 Circle 75 Parkway
Suite 1040
Atlanta, GA, 30339


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200901/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Presidential ScholarUniversity of Georgia2000
Dean's ListUniversity of GeorgiaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateWaldon Adelman Castilla Heistand & Prout2015 - Present
AssociateThe Semrau Law Firm2013 - 2015
Assitant Solicitor GeneralCherokee County Solicitor General's Office2012 - 2013
AssociateBurns & Speights, PC2009 - 2012
ParalegalBurns & Speights, PC2003 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cobb County Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A2009 - Present
Blue Ridge Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUI high speed motorcycle chasereduced to reckless driving
BurglaryCase dismissed
Suspended license ticketCase dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Georgia School of LawJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2002