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About me

During the course of my career I have worked for high volume firms.  The high volume of cases that we routinely managed provided me with exposure to many different issues and the ability to think outside of the box.  We represented thousands of clients and genuinely helped them with their legal problems.  In addition to the areas of practice that I now pursue, I have in the past done divorce/equitable distribution, real estate transactions and personal injury/wrongful death litigation.


I believe that it is important to identify with the needs of my clients.  It isn't just a job when I represent someone.  I want my clients to know that I did my best for them because I know how their legal problems affect them.  I want them to know that based on their own personal situation, I did for them exactly what I would have wanted to have been done for me by my lawyer.


In my office we make it our mission to keep clients well-informed about their cases and what we have done and what we are doing for them.




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Contact info

2513 Raeford Rd Ste A
Fayetteville, NC, 28305-5295

Practice areas


  1. Speeding Ticket: 50%
    26 years, 15 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    21 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    26 years, 3.2 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Samantha L. Thomas

    I endorse this lawyer. Ken is a highly respected ethical attorney who will ensure that your matter is properly taken care of. You can be assured that you will receive professional treatment from Ken and his staff.


    Samantha Thomas Family Attorney
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's ChoiceAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Top 100 DWI Attorneys in North CarolinaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in North CarolinaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDowning, Downing & Burns, PLLC2007 - 2013
AttorneyThe Brady Law Firm2002 - 2007
AttorneyKenneth D. Burns Attorney at Law P.A.2000 - 2002
PartnerMitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burns & Boughman, LLC1999 - 2000
PartnerHarris, Mitchell, Burns & Brewer1997 - 1999
AssociateHarris, Mitchell & Hancox1994 - 1997
AssociateBlackwell, Luedeke, Hicks & Burns, P.a.1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2016 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseN/A2014 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
American Society of Legal AdvocatesN/A2013 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseN/A2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
NC State University Lawyers Alumni SocietyN/A2013 - Present
Wolfpack Attorney GroupN/A2012 - Present
DUI Litigation Attorneys' NetworkN/A2012 - Present
Twelfth Judicial District Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present
Cumberland County Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present
Fayetteville Young Lawyer AssociationPresident1993 - 1994
Fayetteville Young Lawyers AssociationVice President1992 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Judkins v. JudkinsTrial Court Decision Upheld Denying Stay under the then named Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
North Carolina State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Law ClassCriminal Law2013