Practice limited to family law for over twenty years.
At Burns Law Office our practice is limited to family law matters such as divorce/separation, child custody, child support, father's rights, alimony/spousal maintenance, prenuptials and related matters. John is one of the most respected and experienced attorneys in divorce appellate law throughout the state of Minnesota. He has successfully argued more than 60 cases to the MN Court of Appeals and the MN Supreme Court as well as countless motions, trials and contested matters in district court.
John handles complex and high-conflict divorces, high-asset cases, hidden accounts and property investigation matters, protection of business assets, and contested child custody as well as many straightforward and amicable divorce resolutions. He practices primarily in Dakota, Scott, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington and Carver counties but takes cases throughout the state.
John grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1985. He attended Mankato State University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1989. After that, John attended Law School at Indiana Universtiy where he graduated with honors in 1992.
John returned to Minnesota and began his practice in Rosemount, Minnesota. He moved his office to Burnsville in 1994 and has remained in the same location for over twenty years.
In his free time, John likes traveling and perfecting his chilli recipe. He coaches youth sports and cheers for the Vikings and Timberwolves. He has completed over 15 marathons including the Boston Marathon and dozens of triathlons capped off with the Hawaii Ironman.
|MN||Authorized to practice||1992||09/02/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Dakota County Hero's Award||Legal Aid of Dakota County||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2003|
|Who's Who in American Law||Law & Politics Magazine||2003|
|Partner||Sheridan & Burns||1996 - 1998|
|Owner||Burns Law Office||1994 - 2014|
|Partner||Knutson, Stier, Earley, Knutson, Sheridan & Burns||1994 - 1996|
|Lawyer||McMenomy, Hanson & McCann||1992 - 1994|
|law clerk||Indiana Supreme Court||1990 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Dakota County Bar Association||Board of Directors||2004 - Present|
|First Judicial District Ethics Committee||Member||1993 - Present|
|First Judicial District Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|Dakota County Bar Association||President||2004 - 2006|
|First Judicial District Bar Association||President||2000 - 2002|
|Burns Law Blog||Who Keeps the House||2013|
|Burns Law Blog||Grandparent's Rights in the Twin Cities||2013|
|Burns Law Blog||Minnesota Contempt of Court Lawyer||2012|
|Indiana University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Minnesota State University, Mankato||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Litigation & Alternative Disputes Seminar||Practitioners Guide to Navigating Early Neutral Process||2014|
|Minnesota Family Law Las Vegas Seminar||Trends in Family Law||2007|
|Minnesota Family Law Brainerd Seminar||Trends in Minnesota Family Law||2006|
|Anne Heaney v. Bruce Heaney||Court of Appeals reversed award of custody to wife.|
|Heather McGraw v. Timothy McGraw||Court of Appeals reversed extension of Parenting Consultant's term.|
|Mary Myhre vs. Steven Myhre||Court of Appeals reversed awards of spousal maintenence, child support and attorney's fees and remanded the case back to the District Court for further proceedings.|
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Thu Oct 30 2014
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Thu Oct 30 2014
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