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Erik Lane Burns

Family Attorney at Denham Springs, LA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1993
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Erik

Learn Erik’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    This is really an all encompassing category. See specific descriptions under other categories for more information.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    We do not have as high of a percentage of practice in this are due to the fact we do not engage in advertising which anyone who watches TV knows is a saturated market. Despite this we are committed to detail in handling personal injury cases and give our client's all of the attention they deserve. We have a full understanding of these laws and you will find we are always accessible when you need us.

    29 years, 100 cases

  3. Child custody
    All aspects of child custody including serving as a mediator in advance of anyone going to court. Child custody is best handled without have to litigate the case, but if litigation is required we have plenty of court room experience as well.

    29 years, 300 cases

  4. Child support
    Child support is typically straight forward in that it is set per the child support guidelines. We not only have a great understanding of those guidelines but also great ability to evaluate hidden income and voluntary underemployment.

    29 years, 200 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    This again is sort of an all encompassing area. The divorce is the easy part. In most instances it is based on "no fault". If there are one of the fault areas involved such as adultery, domestic abuse or sentenced to hard labor then we understand those laws and what is involved and are prepared to help.

    29 years, 400 cases

  6. Probate

Erik Burns was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he continues to reside with his two sons.  Prior to graduating from the Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1993, Erik graduated from Catholic High School of Baton Rouge and then obtain a B.A. degree in Business Management with a minor in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University.


Erik began his practice in downtown Baton Rouge as a solo practitioner where he did significant personal injury work having worked closely with a seasoned attorney.  In 1997 Erik was presented with an opportunity to move his office to Denham Springs, LA in a brand new building where he again worked with another seasoned attorney continuing to do significant personal injury but where his practice expanded also more significantly into the family law arena.  During this time Erik also practiced in areas of criminal defense, wills and successions and general litigation.


In February of 2000, Erik ventured out completely on his own and formed Erik L. Burns, A Professional Law Corporation.  He has remained in this practice today having built an office facility he currently practices out of and moved into in March of 2005.  He maintains an active practice in both Baton Rouge and the entire 21st Judicial District, which encompasses Livingston Parish, Tangipahoa Parish and St. Helena Parish.  He handles personal injury cases across the state when presented with the opportunity.


Erik is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts.  Erik has been a certified family law mediator since 2007 and additionally trained in Collaborative Divorce where he also completed training in Couples Communication.  This education gives Erik a unique ability to understand all facets of the emotion involved with cases involving custody and allows for a true focus on the best interest of children.

Erik has had the additional opportunity to serve as the prosecutor for the Town of Walker for 9 years spanning form 1999 to 2008 and then as the Magistrate Judge for the Mayor’s court for the Town of Walker from 2008 to March of 2012.  He is a past Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President and President for the 21st Judicial District Bar Association.  


Erik’s currently serves on the Louisiana State Bar Associations House of Delegates having been a member since 2005.  He served on the legislative committee for 3 years from 2010-2013.  He presently serves on the District 5A Regional Panel pursuant to appointment by the La. State Bar president for the 2014-2015 term.


Erik is an active member of the 21st J.D.C. Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, including the family law section, and the Florida Parishes Inns of Court.


During his time not working Erik enjoys spending time with his sons camping and fishing, enjoys tennis and reading.  Erik prides himself on the fact despite his hobbies he makes himself available to his clients virtually around the clock.

Contact Erik

Attorney at Law
510 N Range Ave Apt B
Denham Springs, LA, 70726-2925


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Angela | April 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Erik Burns will fight for you and your family !!!!
I recently hired Mr. Burns to represent me in my child support/custody case . I had consulted with other local attorneys in the area before meeting with Erik . While they seemed disinterested in what I had to say , Erik immediately said he would take my case. From the very beginning , I could tell how passionate he is about what he does ! He treated me like more than just another client . He treated me like a friend or a family member. I could really tell he cared . Erik kept me informed through every step of the process and was always there to answer any questions I had . He and his secretary were always available for me whenever I called or emailed them ! Erik was extremely diligent in researching every aspect of my case to ensure he got me the best possible results . Erik fought for me and my daughter every step of the way , without fail ! Erik not only won my case for me but he got me even more than I had initially expected . If you are looking for an attorney that will fight for you and your family like he would fight for his own then Erik Burns is the attorney for you ! I promise you that you will not be disappointed !!!!
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Posted by Megan | February 1, 2018
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Erik Burns
Erik is great at what he does! He is incredibly professional and thorough and always responds in a timely manner. He has helped our family through more than he will ever know. If you ever need an attorney, he is your guy!
Posted by Nicole Tassin Pourciau | November 28, 2017
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Excellent, knowledgeable, competent
I wanted to take an opportunity to write a review for Erik Burns. He represented me in 2012 for a child custody hearing. Erik fought zealously for my rights as a parent and for my daughter, researching and working beyond the scope of his engagement. He was able to get excellent information on record, as well. I am fortunate to have had Erik as my attorney and proud to call him my friend. Now that I am a Tulane graduate in General Legal Studies and a competent paralegal, I can intelligently comment and praise Erik in his professionalism and efforts. He wrote an amazing motion and was very thorough in his details covering the facts and enumerating the legal issues at hand before the court. Even though we lost, it wasn't because Erik wasn't awesome, didn't do his job or because he dropped the ball. It was because we had a prejudiced judge, plain and simple. And sadly, that happens, but losing does NOT deter me from confidently recommending Erik or from praising his valiant efforts. A non-biased judge would have made a different call.
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Posted by Jack | June 14, 2017
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#1 Attorney in Livingston Parish
Erik Burns has been our attorney for 15 years and has helped us through some of the most stressful times of our lives. He started out as our professional attorney and developed into a dear friend willing to assist in any way we required while dealing with our very difficult child custody situations. I have seen the respect offered from judges and other law professionals in the Livingston area while on our many trips to the courthouse tending to legal needs of our children. I am sure there are many qualified attorneys in Livingston but Erik Burns has by far been the most caring , passionate and understanding attorney we have hired to guide us through some of the most difficult times of our lives. I hope no one ever needs an attorney but if you do, Erik Burns would be my first choice.
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Posted by Heather | November 5, 2015
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Erik Burns is the best!!
Erik is the best family/criminal lawyer around! He is kind, understanding, and excellent at what he does. I would have no other attorney represent me. He will fight for your rights in court and get the job done. He has been such a blessing to our family and I can't thank him enough for all of his hard work. Thank you Erik! We couldn't have done it without you.
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Posted by Kasey | August 14, 2015
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Erik Burns was a better attorney than I could have imagined. He is dedicated, thorough, and professional throughout the entire proces . He made himself available to answer questions personally over the phone and through email. I would highly recommend Mr. Burns to everyone because although he is an excellent attorney, he is a truly good person as well.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2014
Best family attorney ever!!
Mr. Burns is a kick a$$ attorney. I cannot speak high enough about him. He is definitely a necessity if you need a family law attorney. If you hire Mr. Burns, you will not be disappointed!! My ex husband has been quoted as saying he totally got walked all over by Mr. Burns. We actually had to go to court too many times for me to remember, and I came out on top every single time... Even after my ex fired his first attorney!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Erik L. Burns, APLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Owner
  • Solo Practioner
  • 1993 - 2000


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990
  • Catholic High of Baton Rouge
  • Diploma
  • 1986


  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Public Defender Committee Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • House of Delegates
  • 2005 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Bath County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Legislation Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2005
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys of Louisiana of Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Mentoring Attorney
  • 2021
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Mentoring Attorney
  • 2020
  • 15th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Better Options Pilot Program - Management of High Confilct Divorce Cases
  • 2019
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Collaborative Divorce, Devils and Designs
  • 2012
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Family Law
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute
  • Mediation CLe
  • 2010
  • CLE - Blessed are the Peace Makers
  • Mediation
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute CLE
  • A Road Map Through Divorce
  • 2007
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Two Sides to Every Story
  • 2007
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Judgement Day, A Lawyers Soul on Trial
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Erik
General practice Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Erik for over 20 years. He is an excellent lawyer and a man of integrity."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a case against Erik recently and found Erik to be a particularly effective advocate for his client. Erik is a gentleman and worthy adversary."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erik has developed a respectable firm in our legal community. Erik has a well rounded view of many areas of litigation with an emphasis on family law."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Erik is an excellent attorney who is widely respected by his fellow lawyers and judges. He is smart, professional, and effective."
General practice
Child custody
Personal injury
Denham Springs Family Lawyer Erik Lane Burns
Erik Lane Burns
Family Attorney
Denham Springs, LA
Licensed for 29 years