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 Mr. Burns has substantial experience representing plaintiffs in complex/multi-district litigation, class action litigation, legal malpractice, wrongful death and product liability litigation. In 2013, Mr. Burns was admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  This is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are members


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Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 65%
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • H. Scott Aalsberg

    If you need a class action lawyer you need a tough, hard fighting and winning lawyer on your side. William F. Burns is all three. I endorse him


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  • Rebecca A. Seibert

    Mr. Burns provides thoughtful and thorough answers here on the Avvo website. I would not hesitate to send anyone to his practice.


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Contact info

Watson Burns, PLLC

253 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN, 38103


ARAuthorized to practice200810/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Life MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberWatson Burns, PLLC2005 - Present
Assocaite AttorneyGlassman, Edwards, Wade & Wyatt, P.C.2001 - 2005
Associate AttorneyWaring Cox, PLC1997 - 2001
Judicial Law ClerkTennessee Court of Appeals1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Memphis Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
■Farm Industrial and Supply Co. v. First Mercantile Trust et al, Case No. 02-cv-2649- M/A (W.D. Tenn. Dec. 3. 2003)FMT paid a $19 million cash settlement on behalf of a nationwide class.
Manjunath A. Gokare, P.C. et al v. Federal Express Corp., Case No. 2:11-cv-02131-JTF-cgc (W.D. Tenn. 2011)Our team was able to negotiate a $21 million settlement on behalf of a nationwide class, which included an agreement by Fed Ex to change the way it determines the applicability of its residential surcharge.
Ardemore Corporation v. Harwell, Howard, Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C., No. 12C-627 (Davidson County, Tennessee)After approximately two years of hard fought litigation against a prominent Nashville defense team, the case was settled and the defendant insisted that the amount be kept confidential.
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Memphis Law ReviewInsurance- St. Paul Fire & Marine Co. vs. Torpoco: Requiring Malpractice Carriers to Defend Actions Alleging Professional Misconduct1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Defense Counsel Trial Academy ; Boulder, ColoradoAdvanced Trial AdvocacyN/A1999
University of Memphis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Christian Brothers UniversityEconomics and FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Evolve Bank- SeminarQualified Settlement Trust Fund- Class Action Plaintiffs Lawyer Perspective2014
Annual Bench Bar ConfrenceClass Action Update2012