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Scott N. Burns

Business Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

4.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1984
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Scott

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Scott N. Burns’ practice is devoted to all aspects of real estate and business transactional law. Scott was recognized as a “top attorney” in Milwaukee Magazine Best Lawyers issues (February, 1995, October, 1999, and September, 2003) and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Top Lawyers” 2012 edition in the real estate law specialty. He has appeared on both radio and television as a real estate law expert. Scott has also lectured on real estate and construction law at Marquette University Law School. Scott often acts as a court-appointed and private mediator in litigation matters in his area of expertise, particularly involving real estate, contract/business disputes, construction defects and transactional disputes.


Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and from Marquette University Law School. He is a member of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the Wisconsin and U.S. District Court, both Eastern and Western Districts.


Halling & Cayo, S.C.
320 East Buffalo St., Suite 700
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-5837

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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate/ Mortgage Foreclosure
Scott Burns did an excellent job in working with a mortgage lender to convince them to accept a deed return in lieu of foreclosure for a home that had become worth substantially less than what was owed on the original mortgage. He was effective in communicating with attorneys representing the mortgage holder. He was very helpful in putting together the paperwork needed by the bank to review the possibility of accepting the deed without foreclosing on the property and he also made sure that my spouse, who was not a party to the deed, was protected from liability. Scott was very easy to communicate with and prompt in responding to any questions or concerns that we had. I recommend him highly and without reservation for matters concerning real estate.
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Posted by James | March 24, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
I called Scott twice about a real estate deal that my wife and I had become stuck in, Scott was patient and understanding. Even though I ad consulted him previously he still took the time to hear the entire story. He recalled our previous conversation and was able to point me in a direction that would be easiest and cheapest for us. I would recommend Scott to anyone needing assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
While I didn't get the outcome I wanted, Scott walked me through every possible outcome and still managed to find a decent final result. Office is very well kept, approachable staff.


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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Halling & Cayo, S.C.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Partner
  • Deutch, Greenberg and Burns
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Deutch & Hansher
  • 1984 - 1990
  • Clerk
  • Wisconsin Court Of Appeals
  • 1984 - 1984
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  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bank of New York v. Mills et. al. , 270 Wis.2d 790, 678 N.W.2d 332


  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Wisconsin's Top Rate Lawyers
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • 2012
  • Top Attorney
  • Milwaukee Magazine Best Lawyers Issues
  • 2003
  • Top Attorney
  • Milwaukee Magazine Best Lawyers Issues
  • 1999
  • Top Attorney
  • Milwaukee Magazine Best Lawyers Issues
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Marqutte Law School
  • New Construction Law
  • 1996
  • Marqutte Law School
  • Real Estate Law
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Real estate Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott is a professional, sharp lawyer. It is always a pleasure to work with him on matters."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Burns is a quality real estate attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone in need of a real estate or business law attorney. I have known Mr. Burns for many years and can testify to his character and intellect. If you need legal help, don't hesitate to call Attorney Burns."
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Milwaukee Business Lawyer Scott N. Burns
Scott N. Burns
Business Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 39 years