John Bursch represents Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. This spring, John will be arguing his 11th U.S. Supreme Court case since 2011—more than all but a handful of attorneys. And he has argued 26 Michigan Supreme Court cases, including multiple arguments in seven consecutive Terms (five in the 2016-17 Term alone). John has successfully litigated hundreds of matters around the country, including five with more than $1 billion at stake. Recent victories including halting the Michigan presidential-election recount initiated by the Green Party candidate for President, and an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in an $80 million class-action dispute involving an insurance policy's pollution exclusion.
A recent study found 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. He has also 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.
John has been widely recognized for his advocacy. He is one of only seven Michigan 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 repeated 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 advocacy. And he was recently recognized as a Best Lawyers 2017 Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year." More information about John's experience is available at www.burschlaw.com.