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About Me

I am originally from New Jersey.  I graduated from college there and became a U.S. Marine Corps Officer on graduation. I was sent by the Marines to flight school and became a Marine pilot.  I flew transports and helicopters.  After leaving the Marine Corps I was hired by Trans World Airlines (TWA) as a pilot.  I became an Airline Captain for TWA and flew both domestic and international routes. I went to law school in California while still flying for TWA. I took early retirement from TWA to practice law full time.  I have been practicing law since 1981.  I met my wife while she was working for TWA as a Flight Attendant.  We have been married since 1974.  We have two grown children, a boy and a girl, who are both recently married. We live in Dana Point where I like to take long walks on the beach. I love being a personal injury attorney and taking good care of my clients. I am courteous and professional in everything I do but I insist on getting great results for my clients.  I do that by fighting hard for my clients against the  insurance companies and defense attorneys.  I would like to talk to you about your case. There is no charge to talk to me so please call me at 949-496-7000.  You can also e mail me at  My website also has numerous videos of me answering different questions about the law at  My clients have also written testimonials about me that you can see on my website.  I look forward to speaking with you and meeting you personally.  John P. Burns 


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 60%
    35 years, 1.93 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    35 years, 1.29 thousand cases
  3. Slip and Fall Accident: 10%
    35 years, 146 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    35 years, 4 cases
  5. Aviation: 5%
    35 years, 16 cases



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Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

The Law Offices of John P. Burns

29222 Rancho Viejo Rd Ste 101
San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675-1776



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Leadership AwardOrange County Trial Lawyers Association2000
Campaign vs No Fault Auto Insurance InitiativeConsumer Attorneys of California/orange County Trial Lawyers Association1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of John P. Burns2010 - Present
Partner/OwnerCalton & Burns, LLC1981 - Present
Airline CaptainTrans World Airlines1966 - 1989
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2000 - 2000
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association1st Vice President1999 - 1999
Orange County Bar AssociationPresident, Aviation Section1989 - 1989
American Association for JusticeMember1983 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1983 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember1983 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember1983 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jason vs. Confidential$4,000,000.00
Stelle vs Confidential$750,000.00
Confidential v Ski Resort$250,000.00 settlement
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Publication NameTitleDate
www.theorangecountyaccidentlawyer.comOrange County Injury Attorney Uses Photos to Get Large Settlement for Client2013
www.theorangecountyaccidentlawyer.comWinning Cases With Themes, Storytelling and Images2013
www.juryverdictalerts.comFreeway Rear Ender Leads to Low Offer but $169,289 Verdit for Neck Injury in Orange County2013
www.theorangecountyaccidentlawyer.comThe First Thing I Tell a Jury | Orange County Injury Attorney2013
www.theorangecountyaccidentlawyer.comHow To Handle Your Own California Accident Case2012
www.theorangecountyaccidentlawyer.comHow To Win Trials With Themes, Storytelling and Images2012
Word Association Press9 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Vehicle Accident Case2011
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineAviation Crash investigation1989
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial PracticeTrial Lawyer2010
American Bar AssociationTrial AdvocacyNational Institute of Trial Advocacy1989
Western State University, FullertonJuris DoctorJuris Doctor1978
Monmouth CollegePolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts1962
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Orange County Trial Lawyers Educational ProgramAccident Injury Biomechanics of Injury in Motor Vehicle Collisions1999