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Tonya Frazier Burleson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Birmingham, AL

5.0   6 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1990
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Tonya

Learn Tonya’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Contested and uncontested divorce, including highly contested custody and spousal support cases; legal separation; modification of child custody, child support, and alimony; contempt proceedings.

  2. Child custody
    Child custody cases in any jurisdiction in the state of Alabama, including any related paternity, visitation and child support issues.

  3. Alimony
    Comprehensive alimony advice, including prenuptial issues, divorce planning advice, divorce representation, and post-divorce modification and contempt issues.

  4. Family
    Paternity, child custody, visitation, child support, dependency, and protection from abuse issues.

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    Comprehensive pre and post-nuptial advice; preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements.

  6. Adoption
    Related and unrelated adoption.


For over 20 years, Ms. Burleson has helped Alabama families with divorce, child custody and other family law issues. She has helped clients in counties throughout the state of Alabama to reach their goals.  Ms. Burleson is herself divorced and has two small children.  She has personally faced family law issues in her own life and understands the importance of getting the best possible outcome in your case.  Ms. Burleson loves children and her greatest passion is to ensure the welfare of her client's children.  Ms. Burleson strives to be understanding and compassion of her clients needs.  However, she equally demostrates strength and resolve against their opponents. She understands that it is an honor for her clients to place the future of their family in her hands.


Throughout her life, Ms. Burleson has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of intelligence.  In 1984, Ms. Burleson graduated from high school at the age of 15. She was valedictorian of her class.  She then went on to earn a B. S. degree from Birmingham-Southern College. Ms. Burleson majored in both accounting and mathematics.  She graduated summa cum laude from Birmingham- Southern in 1987 and was chosen to receive the additional honor of membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  She was only 19 years old.  Ms. Burleson continued her education at Cumberland School of Law where she received the degree of Juris Doctor in May 1990.  She was a member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.  In October 1990, Ms. Burleson was admitted to practice law in the state of Alabam at the age of 22.  Ms. Burleson is the owner and founder of The Burleson Firm where she focuses on helping Alabama men and women with family law issues. 

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The Burleson Firm
300 Vestavia Parkway, Ste 2300
Birmingham, AL, 35228-0004


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tonya got me custody of my 2 boys, which 3 other lawyer could not do. She was easy to work with and walked me through everything I needed to do.
Posted by Mark | July 13, 2015
Custody Battle? - you need a fighter!
Ms. Burleson won my case when 2 other lawyers said I didn't have a chance. She is so passionate and caring about her clients. If you need a lawyer who will fight for you call her first. She really is experienced and knows how to win.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Tonya is a very thorough and mindful attorney. She gives good advice and is protective of her clients and their rights. She’s tough and plays to win. She’s exactly the kind of attorney most women need.
Posted by Mike | February 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
I don't know if I can properly articulate just how good of a lawyer Tonya is, but I'll try. She represented me in a custody case that dragged out for almost a year and a half. Today, I won custody of my daughter! Even after putting a HUGE obstacle in her way, Tonya was able to win the best possible outcome for my daughters best interest and facilitated reunification after my baby was kept from me for over a year! This woman is worth every penny and she WILL get results!
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Posted by Ryan | November 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Pit bull ready to attack
This attorney is by far the best for have ever seen ... The care.. the work... The extra mile. This is who you need. I'm a former Marine. My neighbor.. former Marine. Recommended her to me. He was right. She'll is legit the best attorney around. I swear. I don't even know how to put on words how much you should hire her! She'll do more and better than any lawyer/person you can imagine!
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Posted by Chris | June 28, 2015
Review from a real client. The best in the business
I made a mistake and hired a billboard lawyer who really messed my case and my life up. A co worker of mine recommended Ms Burleson. I called her and we talked about my case for awhile on the phone. Ms Burleson is very passionate about what she does and clearly have the kids in her best interest. When you hire Ms Burleson you become a team. Working with her is very easy I truly believe in my heart she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Ms Burleson took my case that was messed up from another lawyer and completely turned it around. I now have custody of my kids... She is reliable, and can be reached by phone very easily day or night. Ms Burleson always goes above and beyond of expectation.. I am happy to call her my attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Burleson Firm
  • 1992 - Present


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990


  • Alabama State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Charter member - Family and Divorce Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Best Boutique Law Firm Alabama
  • Corporate America
  • 2015


  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Member of American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • 1990
  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Member of American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • 1989
  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Member of American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • 1988
  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Member of American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • 1987
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law Call
  • Child support
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
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Child custody Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tonya is not a woman, she is a force of nature! Passionate, knowledgeable, diligent, experienced, and doesn't take "no" for an answer. She is the type of family law attorney you need for your contentious divorce. Tonya fights for her clients and she protects children. Hire Tonya, you will not be disappointed!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Burleson is a skilled litigator who zealously advocates for her clients while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism. She works to actively maintain an open channel of communication with opposing counsel to seek resolution at all stages of litigation when common ground presents itself."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tonya and I worked together on a matter involving the client's former attorney's negligence and setting aside a several-year-old divorce agreement. I handled the professional malpractice and Tonya the domestic relations issues. This was a highly complex matter involving almost six years of litigation. Due to the calamity of errors, this became the most complicated case many attorneys had ever seen. Tonya amazed me at her ability to organize the facts. She remembered dozens of interconnecting events spanning more than ten years. Tonya dedicated herself to the case we were able to resolve the client's issues fully. Due to my experience with Tonya, I have complete confidence that she will benefit any client she has the pleasure of representing."
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Birmingham Divorce and separation Lawyer Tonya Frazier Burleson
Tonya Frazier Burleson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Birmingham, AL
Licensed for 33 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available