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John J. Bursch

About John Bursch

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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.