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Jeffrey Leonard Burns

Business Attorney at Fort Walton Beach, FL

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also known as Jeff Burns

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After law school, I devoted a decade to forging a fruitful career as a commercial/real estate litigator and as a trusted adviser to many corporate and governmental clients. At my old firm, I worked alongside extraordinary thinkers and leaders. My old firm has produced eight trial court judges, one sitting appellate judge, the previous U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, a sitting Congressman, a city councilman, and two sitting Okaloosa County Commissioners – all in the last twenty years!

These experiences, with remarkable people surrounding me, provided valuable context when I took the bench as a Circuit Court Judge. 

I have been both a buyer and seller of legal arguments.  My time on the bench gave me a unique view of the whole picture of a legal dispute as I presided over thousands of hearings listening to hundreds of attorneys sell arguments to me on behalf of their clients.  Before that I spent time as a litigator selling legal arguments for my clients. With the picture complete, I realize there is a tremendous cost to litigation that at best impedes small businesses and individuals from efficient growth, and at worst, financially destroys main street Americans unaccustomed to litigation.

I want to help clients save money by doing their best to avoid the courtroom altogether; through prudent proactive planning.

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Licensed for 15 years
State AL
Status Occupational License - Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2009
Updated 02/10/2023
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 02/23/2023

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

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Jeffrey Leonard Burns
96 Oakhill Avenue
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547


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Posted by Mark | May 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant and polished
We retained Jeff on a number of matters spanning several states, after our previous attorney had failed to deliver. Jeff always had a creative solution for any roadblocks.
Posted by Jay | May 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
Jeff helped us out when our neighbor built a new home and rain started to flood our property.


  • Hourly Rates $ 295-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Burns Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Circuit Court Judge
  • First Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Partner
  • Anchors Smith Grimsley
  • 2007 - 2018


  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003
  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Kroeger v. First City Bank of Florida, 191 So. 3d 465 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016)
  • Affirmed
  • McDonald v. Premier Cmty. Bank of Emerald Coast, 128 So. 3d 801 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
  • Affirmed
  • McDonald v. Premier Cmty. Bank of Emerald Coast, 128 So. 3d 253 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
  • Affirmed
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  • Florida Supreme Court, Standard Jury Instructions
  • Committee Member
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Florida Bar, Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board
  • Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board; Member
  • 2011 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bryan D. Oneill Book Award for Administrative Law
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 2006
  • Shelley Presidential Scholarship
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Litigation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Jeff to be a strong advocate in a wide array of civil issues, particularly when these matters involve litigation."
Real estate Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although new to Avvo, it is immediately obvious that the answers of Mr. Burns are accurate, full of analysis and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring a lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff Burns is an excellent and trustworthy attorney. I have known Jeff in excess of 25 years. I have referred numerous clients to Jeff for various business and contract disputes. I have also personally consulted with Jeff regarding my own business matters. I believe Jeff maintains the high ethical standards set by the Florida Bar Association, but more importantly, he values his profession and continues to strive for excellence."
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