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Karen Maria Burns

Divorce and separation Attorney at Dallas, TX

3.5   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Karen

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Attorney Karen M. Burns grew up in a small town in Indiana.    She learned at a very early age that hard-work is the only key to success. This has allowed her to get great results for her clients in court.

Aside from having a law degree, Karen went the extra mile and obtained a Masters of Law Degree in family law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Burns is one of the few attorneys in the country holding a Masters of Law degree (LL.M) in family law.

Ms. Burns founded Burns Iwuji, PLLC because she wanted to create that small town feel where every client and case receive personalized attention.

Ms. Burns is happily married and is the mother of two boys. When she is not at her office or courthouse, you'll probably see her training for the marathon or race. She recently completed the Bank of America marathon in Chicago, Illinois.

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Location

Burns Iwuji, PLLC
4100 Spring Valley Road
Suite 901
Dallas, TX, 75244

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Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Mr. RICHARDSON | November 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly Professional Counseling
Yes when reporting about Miss Burns I only have one thing to say. Fantastic. I've had to family court cases with Miss Burns and she always knows the perfect direction to go. Great for any man trying to obtain custody of his son. And even better at Divorce Court.
Response from Karen Burns January 9, 2018
Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you please let us know how we can serve you in the future.
Posted by Shakia | October 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful
She was courteous and patient with me. Being that it was my first time in court i was not sure where to park or where the building even was. She was very professional & also helped me to understand the plea. I appreciate her kindness and her hardwork. She sent me a copy of the document and made sure i had everything i needed. I have recommended you all to many. Thanks for all your help Ms. Karen
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Response from Karen Burns January 9, 2018
Thank you for your review. It was a real pleasure working with you. Please feel free to contact us in the future if you need any assistance.
Posted by Michael | May 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
I needed a good family attorney. Attorney Burns was and is awesome. She helped me get through my divorce and child custody. I am very pleased with her. I highly recommend her for anyone seeking a great attorney. Thank you Karen for everything. God bless you.
Posted by Natasha | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
I had started the divorce process myself and needed help with the divorce decree and finalizing the court date. Ms Burns was awesome. She was very attentive and patient with all of my requests. I will definitely recommend her anyone looking for for a divorce lawyer.
Posted by Jackie Bufford | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
divorce lawyer
I went to Karen Burns looking for an easy divorce even though the process wasn't easy because my ex spouse live out of town. My first visit all I had to do was fill out a quick questionnaire and she did the rest
Posted by Colt | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Ms. Burns did a wonderful job handling my case. Explained exactly what to expect so there was no surprises. Case was handled professionally & quickly. I would definitely hire Ms. Burns again.
Posted by Christopher | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Excellent and awesome representation, fully satisfied, i highly recommend !!!
Posted by Erick | January 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Karen Burns was very professional, informative. I understood every process with my cases. She saw everything through until the end. Her follow up is also awesome. I have recommended her to my family and friends. Karen Burns is the best!!!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She should not practice law
She represented my brother in a criminal case but did not practice criminal law and even set him up thinking that the courts didn’t know something that they already knew. She will take your money and run
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GHOSTED OUR CASE
I was working with Karen M Burns from February to April 28, 2020. She has ghosted me and the case, that she sent a demand letter for. I last spoke with her on April 28 and it is July 7th and she has not returned any of my calls (I call weekly) and has not returned any of my 16 emails. I have received no explanation, her receptionists say they just saw her a few days ago, and she's never expressed any doubts in taking the case. We are now hearing back from the opposing party but Miss Burns has ruined the case as she will not communicate.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very dissatisfied
Hired attorney Karen Burns on October 23,2018. The firm is called Burns Iwuji, PLLC. I was searching for an attorney and found them on, Fathers Rights in Texas website. My mother first spoke with attorney Burns on September 2018, which was I’m assuming the free consultation. My mother met with attorney Iwuji and was charged a consultation fee which was odd because my mother clearly stated she was there to hire them. I did google the firm before we met and at that time they had great reviews. However, both of this attorney will charge for possibly everything they can. Even the air you breath if possible. Attorney Iwuji mentioned that a portal was going to be set up. This was the way of us communicating with the firm and keeping up with charges incurred. The portal was set up a month after we hired them. I never received and invoice from them until June 2019 asking for more money because we had no more funds. First court date was scheduled for Dec; 2018 it was rescheduled. Second court date 2/26/2019, judge gave the mother more time to hire and atty. I was before the judge no more than 5 minutes yet I was charged 2 hrs. Third court date 3/14/2019 we were there maybe 45 minutes I was charged for another 2 hrs. Attorney Burns, constantly wanted to meet to go over our case. Every time we met with her we were charged for 2 hrs. Now, keep in mind we didn’t know about the charges because up until the last time we met we hadn’t received and invoice. I would send atty Burns emails over and over again with no response. If I called the office because she wouldn’t reply and spoke them for like literally 2-3 minutes I was charged $30. I have plenty of proof to show how incompetent this attorney was. Absolutely nothing was accomplished. My daughter is still in an abuse home. I lost money and time form work. I believed and trusted attorney Burns. Now, I truly believe this firm was a RIP off. Unfortunately, I can’t say to do your research before hiring anyone because I did. I lost thousands of dollars and I’ve also lost hope in the justice system. I pray to God every day that he keeps my daughter safe. *We hired them to have a court ordered already in place be modified. (atty made an agreement w/the mother for extended time from March –June 2019) *I have several police reports on mother for not showing up to pick up my daughter. *I have police reports and videos of mother showing up an hour late to drop off or to pick up my daughter. *I have pictures of the physical abuse *Mother was ordered to change last name on my daughter it’s been 3 years and it hasn’t been done yet. *Mother has long history with CPS. *And the list goes on and on. AM
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Posted by Maria | January 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS ATTORNEY. RIP OFF
7 minutes ago I wish I could give Karen Burns a zero star. I hired this attorney a few years ago. I’m finally giving my rating. ***BE AWARE OF THIS ATTORNEY****SPEAKING FROM MY EXPERIENCE. She took my money and did nothing with my case. I live out of state but had a divorce decree order in Texas. I hired her to modify the child support. At the time, I was a single parent and I had save up money to hire her. I asked several times for an itemized invoice, she never once provided. She refused all of my phone calls and never gave me an itemized invoice of what she did. After leaving several emails, phone calls and voicemails, she withdrew herself from my case. To this day she has not given me invoice of what she did. This attorney is a rip off. Again, speaking from my experience. It sad to say that I was taken advantaged just because I lived out of state. That’s not how you treat people. She is very unprofessional, does not communicate and will take your money. I definitely took a loss. I strongly believe that referrals come from good services and this one did not meet any good services. Hope you can save yourself from wasting your time, money & energy and do not hire this attorney. Im sharing my experience to help you.
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Posted by Phil | October 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was a no show in court!!
I hired this law firm to handle a simple traffic ticket. They told me they would take care of everything and I didn't even need to appear. They informed me they would be sending a letter of Representation to the city I received the citation and then they would email me all the details. I received no emails, the city received no letter of representation, and I'm out the attorney's fee as well as the traffic ticket, which now end up on my driving record. I have called the law firm multiple times and received no nnformation. They just tell me they will have to pull my file and call me right back. What a suprise I get no call back. They take your money and then blow you off. STAY AWAY, spend the money on another firm. I will not be so naive about something like this again and suggest you do your research as well. You will not like what you discover in regards to this firm.
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Response from Karen Burns May 12, 2016
Phil Our office is saddened to hear of your unhappiness with our firm because we strive for customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, the facts you are describing do not sound familiar to me or legally possible. A traffic citation cannot go on your record unless a plea or conviction was entered on your case. Per your comment, if a letter of representation was not sent to the court that means we were not attorney of record and could not act or accept any plea on your behalf. Please contact our office to see how this issue may be resolved.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Burns Iwuji, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Karen M. Burns
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Karen M. Burns
  • 2003 - 2010

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Master of Laws
  • 2006
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2003
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fonseca vs. T.I.
  • Judgement in favor of Plaintiff
  • Divorce
  • Case settled favorable to my client
  • Custody case out of Denton County, Texas
  • Mother
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Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indiana university Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • SCMS
  • Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Scholarship Advanced Family Issues
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Child Advocacy
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2009
  • Trial Skills Certificate
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Burns Iwuji Law Firm
  • Burns Iwuji Law Blog
  • 2018
  • Website Blog
  • 10 Things to consider before filing a divorce
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Family
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (17)
Endorse Karen
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen has a wealth of experience in handling family law cases. She is a caring and dedicated advocate for her clients. Highly recommend!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Karen!"
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable lawyer. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen works tirelessly for clients and maintains the highest level of professionalism while doing so."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is an excellent attorney. She strives to provide the best experience for her clients. I highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is very knowledgeable not only with family law but the courts and their staff. Karen is a strong advocate for her clients and I would recommend her to any prospective clients. Her reputation and my personal knowledge of her commitment to her clients is exceptional."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with attorney Karen Burns. As a fellow attorney, I would say attorney Burns is one of the best. She is very passionate about her work as an attorney. She provides excellent legal representation to her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with and against Attorney Burns on numerous family law matters and her level of knowledge and professional is unparalleled. I have learned a lot from her over the years."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Great family law attorney. Mrs. Burns is smart, well respected and isn't afraid to fight hard for her clients. She truly cares about her clients and always strives to get them the best outcome. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Karen Burns. I worked many cases with Karen Burns and have observed the level of focus she places on her cases. She is a very strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom and outside the courtroom. She is well versed in family law matters."
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Dallas Divorce and separation Lawyer Karen Maria Burns
Karen Maria Burns
Divorce and separation Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 20 years