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John Douglas Burns

Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
    Maryland - MD 29 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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John Douglas Burns is an attorney and Managing Member of The Burns Law Firm, LLC in Greenbelt, Maryland. Mr. Burns' practice emphasizes Chapter 11 business reorganizations and representation of consumer debtors under Chapter 7, 13 and 11. He also works with clients who are interested in addressing their financial issues without the use of bankruptcy protection.

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The Burns LawFirm, LLC
6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 102
Greenbelt, MD, 20770


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Posted by Natalie | August 15, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional Consultantion Experience w/Attorney John Burns Great consultation expensive but worth it
Title: Exceptional Consultation Experience with Attorney John Burns I recently had the opportunity to consult with Attorney John Burns and I am compelled to share my experience. While I have not yet hired him for legal representation, the consultation alone left a lasting impression. From the moment I walked into his office, I felt at ease due to Mr. Burns' welcoming demeanor and his genuine interest in my concerns. Unlike many other lawyers, he took the time to understand not only the legal aspects of my situation but also my personal goals, talents, and aspirations. This personalized approach was refreshing, especially in an industry where clients often feel reduced to mere cases. Mr. Burns' advice and encouragement were incredibly inspiring. He was the first attorney who didn't just focus on the problems at hand, but instead, he saw potential solutions and opportunities. I am real person feel free to contact me to verify my experience text only 4437221929. I had a bad attorney in the past therefore I understand checking references.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am relieved
I am writing this review to inform those who are looking for a qualified, dependable, and professional law firm to perform legal matters on your account, look no more. I contacted, consulted with and hired them to represent me (and boy did they), Six months later my case was confirmed and I had a financial plan that was necessary to place my life back on track. Their professionalism , in depth knowledge, and will-do aptitude was just what I needed at this junction of my life. I would highly recommend this law firm to all.
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Posted by R & E | January 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
My wife and I retained the services of John Burns after an issue arose in our bankruptcy case that our original attorney was unable to resolve. From the onset, Mr. Burns knew the correct action to take to bring an acceptable resolution to the matter. Once a resolution was achieved, we thought our issues were over. Unfortunately, the creditor in the prior matter failed to take the proper action on their side which led us to retaining the services of John Burns again. Mr. Burns and his firm worked diligently to ensure our rights as debtors were protected and that the creditor would be held responsible for their neglectful actions. Though it was a long process, we are happy with the results and can now put this behind us and get on with our lives. His experience and the experience of his associate (Melissa) was invaluable to us and we thank them. Although stressful, Mr. Burns was able to get a positive outcome for us in this matter. I would highly recommend John Burns and his firm!
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Posted by Jerry | September 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When one is facing a difficult decision regarding a personal bankruptcy, you need to select a lawyer that has the expertise and team to provide results. From the initial consultation with Mr. John Burns, my wife and I believed that we had made the right decision to choose the Burns Law Firm. Mr. Burns and his entire team made us feel comfortable and that they really cared about the challenges that we were facing. Mr. Burns took the time to thoroughly explain the total process, offered viable alternatives but allowed my wife and I to make the decision that was best for us. After considering all alternatives, the best course of action for us was chapter7, personal bankruptcy. My wife and I highly recommend the Burns Law Firm when you need an excellent bankruptcy lawyer.
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Posted by Ss | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and aggressive lawyer. He knows how to handle very complicated case. He is expert especially in litigation.


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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate in the Bankruptcy Department
  • Whiteford Taylor & Preston
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby of US Bankruptcy Court for District of Maryland
  • 1991 - 1992


  • The Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor - cum laude
  • 1991
  • City University of New York, Hunter College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
  • N/A


  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Committee Chair
  • 1996 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Served as Chair
  • N/A
  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Served as Chair on Bankruptcy Committee
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Current Member
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  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Served as Member of Board of Governors
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV®Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility
  • N/A


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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very creative in solving client problems in bankruptcy. I would refer clients to this attorney."

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Greenbelt Chapter 11 bankruptcy Lawyer John Douglas Burns
John Douglas Burns
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
Greenbelt, MD
Licensed for 29 years