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John Bursch represents Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. This fall, he will be arguing his 10th U.S. Supreme Court case and presenting his 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th Michigan Supreme Court arguments.
John has been widely recognized for his advocacy. He is one of only seven lawyers inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and one of only 62 Michigan attorneys serving as a Member of the American Law Institute. John's appellate skills have resulted in listings in both Michigan Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. John is also the principal author of the Michigan Supreme Court's Guide for Counsel, the Court's own manual for effective written and oral advocacy. He was recently recognized as Best Lawyers 2017 Grand Rapids Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year."
A recent study concluded that over the past four Terms, John was one of the most successful attorneys in the country at persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to grant petitions for certiorari. And John has compiled a Supreme Court merits record that the National Law Journal observed "even more veteran high court advocates would envy." John's cases have involved many of the most important public-policy issues of the past decade.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1998||11/22/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Brief Award||Cooley Law School||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Super Lawyer (Appeals)||Michigan Super Lawyers magazine||2009|
|Who's Who in American Law||Who's Who||2009|
|Phi Kappa Phi||University of Minnesota Law School||1997|
|Order of the Coif||University of Minnesota Law School||1997|
|Law School Commencement Speaker||University of Minnesota Law School||1997|
|Outstanding staff member||University of Minnesota Law Review||1996|
|A. Bruce Clark Senior Award for Excellence in Mathematics||Western Michigan University||1994|
|Partner||Warner Norcross & Judd LLP||1998 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|ABA U.S. Supreme Court Subcommittee||Co-Chair||2006 - Present|
|ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers||Chair||2004 - Present|
|Michigan Appellate Practice Section||Former officer||1999 - Present|
|ABA Litigation Section's Appellate Practice Committee||Member||1999 - Present|
|1. Oneida Charter Twp v. Grand Ledge, __ N.W.2d __ (Mich. 2009)||Michigan Supreme Court unanimously reversed|
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|DRI For the Defense||Using Research Into Intuitive Fallacies to Guide Advocacy||2007|
|University of Minnesota Law School||Law||JD, Order of the Coif, magna cum laude||1997|
|Western Michigan University||Math, Music||BA, BM summa cum laude||1994|
|Commencement Speaker||Commencement Address||1997|