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Brent Adam Burns

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Alpine, NJ

5.0   8 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    30%

  2. Employment and labor
    30%

  3. Securities and investment fraud
    30%
    I represent individual and institutional investors in arbitrations and litigations involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, mismanagement, fraud, suitability, unauthorized trading and churning.

  4. Arbitration
    10%
    I represent individual and institutional investors in arbitrations and litigations involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, mismanagement, fraud, suitability, unauthorized trading and churning. I also represent traders, brokers, senior managers and officers regarding employment disputes such as discrimination, unpaid bonuses, severance packages, and forfeiture-for competition clauses for unvested stock

My practice focuses on the representation of investors and advisors throughout the United States in relation to the financial services industry.

I represent individual and institutional investors in arbitrations and litigations involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, mismanagement, fraud, suitability, unauthorized trading and churning.

I also represent traders, brokers, senior managers and officers regarding employment disputes such as discrimination, unpaid bonuses, severance packages, and forfeiture-for competition clauses for unvested stock.

I have extensive experience representing both employers and employees regarding recruiting practices including advising brokers of best practices to avoid litigation before they resign, negotiating on behalf of brokers with new prospective employers, advising brokers regarding their employment contracts and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, advising broker-dealers on best practices when hiring a prospective broker, advising brokers and negotiating the resolution of outstanding promissory notes, and obtaining or defending against temporary restraining orders.

I have also performed internal investigations of several stock loan departments, and have represented those firms and their current and former employees in regulatory investigations.

I am currently an officer of the Securities Litigation & Arbitration Committee of the New York State Bar Association. 

I am also a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association where I serve on several committees that prepare comment letters regarding proposed securities legislation and self regulatory rules.  I was recently honored "for assisting PIABA in its SRO Comment efforts and furthering the protection of investors against investment abuses."

I am admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Illinois and can represent parties in FINRA arbitrations throughout the United States. 

Licensed for 28 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/11/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1994
Updated 07/18/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/04/2022

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Law Offices of Brent A. Burns, Esq.
87 Ruckman Rd. Suite 102
Alpine, NJ, 07620-1098
Law Offices of Brent A. Burns, LLC
27 Whitehall Street
4th Floor
New York, NY, 10004-2117
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2020
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recent client
I found Mr. Burns to be very knowledgeable, an excellent resource and help with my matter. He was focused and to the point.!
Posted by Rachael | March 19, 2019
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Registered Associate
Receiving a FINRA inquiry letter was one of the most unsettling moments of my life. Having been in the securities business for over 20 years, I never thought it would happen to me. My first instinct was to be cheap and respond on my own. I’m so glad I decided to discuss with an attorney before responding. I had phone consultations with a variety of attorneys in different states and decided to retain Mr. Burns. He was quick to respond to my inquiries and was very knowledgeable and organized. We had multiple phone appointments and email exchanges. He dealt directly with FINRA on my behalf and he guided me through the entire process. There were times when I had to make decisions and I decided to trust him and his expertise and he never steered me wrong. His insight and advice were invaluable. My FINRA inquiry resolved with a great outcome and there is no doubt that it was completely due to Mr. Burns’ representation. His fees were more than reasonable and he is worth every dollar and more. If you would ever like to speak to me directly for more information or a verbal reference…..Mr. Burns has my contact information.
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Posted by Frank | September 27, 2018
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I retained Brent’s services when transitioning my Business from a firm I had been with for over 30 years. And then again a few years later, because when you have questions, you need someone who represents you, and your interests. Not the firm. Brent was worth every penny, ten times over. It’s nice to know someone truly has your back.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2017
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confirmation of Brent Burns going to bat for you for your greater good
As a former baseball player, I was grateful for Brent being a strategic coach for my case. I felt like he was in the batter's box with me and stayed with me around the bases until we got home if you will. I considered him a teammate along the way and would have him back in my dugout any time should the need arise again for his representation of myself.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2014
Highly Recommend
I first hired Brent to help me review my contract when I moved my practice from a regional brokerage firm to a wirehouse. I am a million dollar + producer and this was my first and only move. Brent came highly recommended from a colleague and after working with him and seeing the value he brought, I cannot believe that there are advisors who make moves between firms without using an attorney. Brent listens, pays attention to detail, is professional, and has the knowledge and confidence needed to put my mind at ease. As soon as I mentioned the firm I was considering moving to, Brent informed me that he was very familiar with the firm's contract. I was so pleased with his work that I hired him again recently to assist me in writing a letter. I highly recommend using Brent Burns.
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Posted by Christopher | April 12, 2013
A great lawyer for employment matters
I hired Brent to assist me in reviewing my severance agreement and drafting language to protect me. Brent was very professional and knowledgable in this subject matter and delivered a document that was fair both to me and my firm. I would recommend anyone who had any employment matters to use his services.
Posted by joseph | February 2, 2013
Best in the Business
I knew after my first call to Brent Burns, i may have just found the best securities litigation attorney in the business. My case was extremely complicated involving several contracts and agreements, and had many , many details. Brent was so excellent at getting to the facts, keeping the case on track , and had a sixth sense on the big picture of the my case. Brent has integrity, which is what I needed after realizing my ex-partners, and ex-employer had none. I was going up against deep corporate pockets, which included a large high priced law firm. Brent was not intiminated in the least, and quickly gained respect from opposing counsel as well as FINRA because of his extensive knowledge of the securities industry, contracts, as well as , his professionalism. I would recommend Brent Burns to anyone who has been wronged and needs the best attorney to have a fighting chance at justice.
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Posted by Mark | January 30, 2013
I found Brent to be extremely diligent and honest
I had an employment dispute regarding a "non-compete" clause after leaving my Wall Street firm, and while several attorneys with whom I corresponded before meeting Brent showed little interest in taking the case, Brent hopped on it right away and did a terrific job negotiating a settlement for me from what was arguably a tough position. He handled the case "on the clock" (i.e., not on a contingency basis) and I was extremely pleased with his fairness in "hours billed;" unfortunately, lawyers in general have a reputation for padding this figure but with Brent I can unequivocally say that, if anything, he leaned very much towards the conservative side with his billing hours. I subsequently recommended him to a friend who needed an attorney for a different sort of case, and would be happy to heartily recommend him again in the future.
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Associations

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Memmber of Legislative and SRO Committees
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association - Securities Litigation and Arbitration Committee
  • Secretary
  • 1998 - Present

Awards

  • Appreciation from PIABA Self Regulatory Organization Committee
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Appreciation from PIABA Legislative Committee
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • 2015
  • SRO Comment Letter Appreciation
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • 2014
  • SRO Comment Letter Appreciation
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Proclamation of thanks for Teamwork in Saving a Life
  • Borough of Leonia Office of the Mayor
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • PIABA Annual Meeting
  • Equity Crowdfunding
  • 2014

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Alpine Contracts and agreements Lawyer Brent Adam Burns
Brent Adam Burns
Contracts and agreements Attorney
Alpine, NJ
Licensed for 28 years