Larry Burch, is a successful trial attorney and former Navy JAG Officer. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Burch has represented clients in cases involving civil and criminal litigation; including complex divorce and child custody matters, high-dollar medical malpractice and personal injury cases, corporate civil litigation as well as military personnel matters. He has appeared on Fox 5 News and WUSA-TV 9 as a commentator on military law issues. In recent years, Mr. Burch has focused primarily on family law cases and military matters. In 2016, Mr. Burch wrote a book called "Understanding Military Divorce Law" (Aspitore Press, 2016) -- a guide for negotiating divorce and family law issues from start to finish for military families.
Mr. Burch was born and raised in Washington, D.C. (1981 Wilson High School). He earned his Bachelor’s degree (in English with honors) from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Mr. Burch graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law (one of the nation’s top 25 law schools where he a member of The Iowa Law Review and a Case Editor on the Moot Court Board. Following law school, Mr. Burch served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Audrey Melbourne in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland.
In 1992, Mr. Burch became a member of the Maryland Bar and was commissioned as an Officer in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps). During his four years of active duty military service, LCDR Burch was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal for outstanding work as a trial attorney. Working as senior defense counsel at the Washington Navy Yard, LCDR Burch defended sailors and officers accused of a variety of crimes; including rape, child molestation, espionage, fraud, serious assault, gun-running, and numerous other crimes. He served as Senior Defense Attorney and Department Head of the Navy’s Legal Assistance Offices in the Washington, D.C. area (where he was in charges of providing legal services to military services members, dependents and retirees with the civilian and military legal issues).
After completing active duty in 1996, Mr. Burch began a solo law practice; however, he continued to serve as a Navy Reserve officer providing legal assistance to military families at the National Naval Medical Center and other legal services until 2007. In total, Mr. Burch served 15 years as a Navy JAG Corps officer (both on active duty and as a drilling reservist). Since leaving the Navy, Mr. Burch has continued to represent military service members and dependents as a civilian attorney in both military and civilian legal issues.
Three years after starting his solo law practice in 1996, he began a partnership with his sister (Tobi Burch-Rates) called, The Law Office of Burch & Burch-Rates in Greenbelt, Maryland. In the nearly 20 years since establishing his law firm in Greenbelt, Mr. Burch has successfully represented clients in a variety of legal matters; including, medical malpractice and auto accident cases involving wrongful death and severe disability claims, business and corporate litigation, family law and military personnel issues. Mr. Burch is particularly experienced in working with military service members and their dependents on divorces, pensions, court-martials, security clearances, Admin and disability boards and in handling civilian legal issues.
In 2007, Rushern Baker (currently Prince George’s County Executive) joined Mr. Burch as a partner in The Law Office of Baker & Burch in Greenbelt, MD. After Mr. Baker’s successful election as County Executive in 2010, Mr. Burch and Ronald Voss, a former associate with Baker & Burch formed The Law Offices of Burch & Voss (adding offices in Towson and Bethesda). Two years later, Mr. Voss moved on to establish his own law firm in Baltimore (The Voss Law Office). Mr. Burch continues to practice law in Maryland and D.C. as The Burch Law Firm, LLC, along with his staff, representing individuals and businesses in domestic, personal injury, civil, criminal, and military legal matters in Maryland and Washington D.C.
Mr. Burch is admitted to practice law before the highest courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia as well as before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF). He is also licensed to practice law before the U.S. District Court for Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Burch Law Firm currently has offices in Greenbelt and Bethesda and represents clients throughout the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Navy Commendation Medal||U.S. Navy||1996|
|Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal||U.S. Navy||1995|
|JAG Reserve Corp||United State Navy||1997 - 2007|
|JAG Office||United States Navy Jag||1992 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maryland State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||N/A||N/A|
|Thomson Reuters||Understanding Military Divorce Law||2016|
|Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)||Strategies for Military Family Law||2012|
|University of Iowa College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
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