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Brian Michael Burns

Criminal defense Attorney at Granada Hills, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%

    14 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%

    14 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Family
    20%

    14 years, 60 cases

For almost a decade, Brian M. Burns has been defending clients and producing results. In certain cases, a waged war against the police and court system can be won even before it begins. Brian has prevailed in hundreds of criminal cases before trial by aggressive confrontation of illegal police procedures. When granted, evidence suppression motions render the prosecutions case useless. In addition, he argues his client’s position with the utmost force and hones in on fatal flaws in the prosecution’s case in order to facilitate positive results. Sometimes there are critical weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence, it is Brian’s mission to identify and exploit these vulnerabilities. Finally, Brian enlightens court proceedings on the deceptiveness and dishonesty of accusing witnesses. All of these characteristics are vital to the success of a client’s case.

 

Criminal defense is an extremely specialized area of expertise and can be a pitfall for even the most seasoned attorney who does not practice much criminal defense. When your liberty and freedom are at stake, you need to retain an attorney who has fought wars with hundreds of District and City Attorneys. Brian devotes almost his sole practice to criminal defense and he is eager and willing to continuously perfect his abilities on a daily basis. You need an aggressive and passionate attorney who vigorously fights for your rights.

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Location

Burns Law Firm - P.C.
P.O. BOX 3313
Granada Hills, CA, 91394

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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect Record of Dismissals (for me)
Brian Burns is quite possibly the best attorney on the planet. I have had numerous tickets across LA and OC for every violation under the sun, including multiple misdemeanors incl. arrests, many many front plate/exhaust fix-it tickets (thanks Irvine PD), a state-ref, unsafe lane change, carpool lane, and a bunch of speeding tickets. Brian Burns has never failed to dismiss even a single one. There is not a single point on my driving record. Even the state-ref, which I had a failure to appear for, he showed up for me and proved to the judge that I had corrected the violations and they waived all fees including the fail to appear fee. In all cases, he either fought for me vigilantly with the courts on top of knowing the right people for everything. He has given me super helpful advice as well on stopping myself from getting any more state-ref and exhaust tickets. Brian Burns is single handedly the reason that I can still be a car enthusiast in this lovely state. I recommend him to everyone I know because he's simply the best, and worth it.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer you can trust!
Brian is an incredibly effective yet compassionate lawyer. He truly cares for his clients and goes above and beyond to help. I had two cases going on simultaneously, and even though he was paid to just help me on one of the cases-- he still helped me with the expungement of the other case even though it wasn't his responsibility! He was always available via text, call and extremely responsive. If you need lawyer you can trust to fight for you, Brian is definitely your man!
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Posted by Michael | November 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Burns is a really good lawyer
Brian Burns represented me on a serious traffic citation, ineligible for traffic school. I had a very hard time finding a lawyer I could trust. After consulting with many lawyers, I decided to retain Brian to represent me. I was extremely worried and wanted the best representation I could get. I wanted a lawyer who could really put up a fight. After two long consultations, Brian assured me that he would really fight for me. Brian was exactly the type of attorney I was searching for; an attorney who would seriously defend me. Brian clearly illustrated that he wholeheartedly cared for me and wanted to help. I spoke with Brian many times. Brian taught me many great things and provided good advice. He is an exemplary and strong traffic attorney. Brian’s experience contesting traffic offenses is evident. During my time as his client, my conversations with him uncovered diligent strategy, persuasive argumentation, and coherent expression. Brian displayed an impressive talent for communication and argumentation. This is something I admired about him, since, in court, you need an attorney with excellent communication skills. Brian listens well, responds quickly, and keeps you informed. Additionally, his pleasant character makes conversing with him an absolute joy. He's very kind, and I've had a great deal of enjoyment speaking with him. As a law student, Brian taught me valuable lessons about practicing law. Above all, Brian taught me to always remain cool, calm, and collected. I recommend that anyone looking for an attorney consult with Brian. He's a good lawyer. Thank you for everything Brian; it was a pleasure to have you as counsel.
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Posted by Alexander | February 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Helped me out while I was in boot camp for a traffic violation and took care of everything while I was gone. 10/10 highly recommend
Posted by Chuck | September 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer i ever seen in action.
I was charged with distribution within a state facility. Brian Burns was proactive, by the second time he even visited me while I was in ASU (hole) he went to the District Attorneys office and I'm not sure what he did but the DA rejected the case. He then wrote to the litigation department at the prison and the administrative write up was reversed and I got all my time back. The guard that was harassing me got suspended and is still under investigation. Thanks Brian. You rock.
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Posted by Sam | August 7, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert legal counsel
I sought Brian’s counsel on a minor legal inquiry and much to my pleasant surprise he provided me with his utmost attention. He treated my slight appeal with all the diligence one might expect a severe case would warrant. I found him not only adept in the law but was so willing to answer even the minutest question and was very amiable throughout the entire process. Brian not only resolved my simple query in a timely and professional manner, but he exceeded my every expectation with such vigor that I would have no second thought in recommending his services to family, friends and anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by brendan | August 7, 2015
Aggressive Defense
Brian approaches his cases very aggressively, and gets the results he sets out for. He was a straight shooter and knew his way around the system in a manner that was very impressive.
Posted by Ray | May 27, 2015
Family help
I am a client of Brian's. He created my trust and helped my son with a DUI. I loved Brian professional attitude and his quick responses to my questions. He completed and filed my trust in a short period of time and took the time to make sure i was informed on all issues as was the case with my son's DUI. I recommend Brian to anyone looking for a responsive and quality attorney.
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Posted by bmbarrettlaw | May 22, 2015
Outstanding Defender
I worked with Brian Burns for years, and know him to be a highly intelligent, motivated, and reliable defense attorney. During my time working with Brian, I saw him win cases ranging from domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, and armed robbery. He's well respected by judges and prosecutor's alike, and seems to figure out how to get his way on cases when other's can't. I highly recommend Brian, and always have.
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Posted by JosephCharlesCrudo | May 21, 2015
excellent attorney
Brian is the most passionate attorney I've ever met. He loves to fight for his clients to get the best result and justice. He is extremely talented in trial as well and is not afraid to try cases.
Posted by JB | May 19, 2015
All I can say is thanks!
When I was charged with DUI, Brian helped me out tremendously. He helped me get the charges reduced which saved me a lot of valuable time and money, but more importantly, he guided me throughout the process like a true friend. I never felt like I was "out of the loop" at any point, and during a bad situation like that, that piece of mind is priceless. Hopefully you don't find yourself in a similar situation, but if you should, I highly recommend Brian.
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Posted by Scott | May 18, 2015
Great results Great care
Brian recently helped me with a second dui charge. Throughout the case he kept me informed and showcased his extensive knowledge on the subject. After talking to other people in my DUI class i feel he got be an excellent deal. I would recommend him because he always called back on the same day and I felt i could trust him with my freedom. DUI's can really mess with your life but I'm glad I hired someone like Brian Burns to defend me.
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Posted by JM | May 18, 2015
Great Attorney
Top notch attorney. He is a true professional that is dedicated to his clients and will go the extra mile for them. Mr. Burns helped me with a very personal issue that could have potentially effected me for the rest of my life. His attention to the case was second to none. Brian fought for my rights while explaining the options of trial. I feel his honesty was one of the best things about him. Good, bad, or ugly he kept it completely real. I would recommend Mr. Burns to anyone who needs a great attorney.
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Posted by Arash | May 14, 2015
Very easy to work with
Explained everything to me clearly so I could understand it all. Wrote me a Disclaimer /waiver for my company, and now I feel very secured and safe. Thank you for the very professional work Brian!
Posted by G.E.W. | May 12, 2015
Best Attorney Available,...
Update 5-2015: I have counseled with Brian on a number of issues, and I can say with added vigor, that Brian is the finest attorney available. I have retained Attorneys from Beverly Hills, LA, and Century City, and I got better results from Brian. I called ( )-243-8506, to find someone that I could leave a review concerning Brian Burns. The person I talked with suggested this avenue. The preface on this case was, that if I had been returned to custody, I would have likely been stabbed, again. I have tattoos that reveal what yards I have been on, and since I was stabbed on July 3 2009, I was forced to be permanently delegated to an SNY yard. As lawyers familiar with the system, I know you know what that means. ANY, GP'er (General Population) prisoners are forced to attempt to stab any SNY prisoner, as a standing rule. Local city, or county jails, and all prisons are the same, it's "mando", if you don't stab them, you wind up getting stabbed, as I was. Brian had a difficult case with me. The California City Probation Dept., wanted desperately, to return me to custody, and found a typically meaningless opportunity to do so. Brian told me the consequences, and was very honest about that, even though it visibly terrified me. He told me the truth, from word one. He asked me to trust him. On 6/26/14, through some feat of magic, and I have no idea how, he was able to accomplish this, he was able to get a FULL DISMISSAL,... of my case. I say this without hyperbole, Brian Burns may have saved my Life. It's very important to me, that someone at the Law Offices of Earl Carter, and hopefully Mr. Carter himself, know, that Brian is a miracle worker. I know for sure, from my Probation Officer, that they did indeed want me back in prison. I also know, that through Brian s effort, they were not able to do so. I really don't know what else to say,..I am so grateful, that Earl Cater & Assoc. have Brian Burns on the payroll, to me, he is a legal magician,... a Miracle worker. Thank you so much for your time. I'm headed over to "Yelp.com" to spread the word, about Brian Burns, and Earl Carter & Assoc. Thanks again, your present, and always, future client. Very sincerely, yours, G.E.W.
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Posted by Vincent | May 6, 2015
Brian Burns is highly recommended
I am very pleased with the great level of service I received with Brian Burns. I was caught up in A legal matter which I knew I had to seek legal advice for. After months of trying to get things settled on my own and with another attorney- I just couldn't get the job done. Time was wasting and my patience was growing thin. I was then referred to Brian Burns by a friend and I couldn't be happier- that was the best decision I've made. Brian was highly knowledgeable of my case and settled the matter quickly and successfully. He was on time and always checking in with me for any updates on my case while being very responsive of my needs- he was very prompt and understanding, which is something I admired of his work ethic. Brian is a very hard worker, a fighter, and responsible when he dealt with my legal case. He is very informative and supportive of what I was going through and without a second thought, I will want him to represent me in the future. With his help I was able to get back on my feet and continue my work- stress free and happy. I highly recommend Brian Burns! Thank you very much!
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Posted by G.E.W. | May 4, 2015
Absolutely Amazing,...
Update 5-2015: I have counseled with Brian on a number of issues, and I can say with added vigor, that Brian is the finest attorney available. I have retained Attorneys from Beverly Hills, LA, and Century City, and I got better results from Brian. I called ( )-243-8506, to find someone that I could leave a review concerning Brian Burns. The person I talked with suggested this avenue. The preface on this case was, that if I had been returned to custody, I would have likely been stabbed, again. I have tattoos that reveal what yards I have been on, and since I was stabbed on July 3 2009, I was forced to be permanently delegated to an SNY yard. As lawyers familiar with the system, I know you know what that means. ANY, GP'er (General Population) prisoners are forced to attempt to stab any SNY prisoner, as a standing rule. Local city, or county jails, and all prisons are the same, it's "mando", if you don't stab them, you wind up getting stabbed, as I was. Brian had a difficult case with me. The California City Probation Dept., wanted desperately, to return me to custody, and found a typically meaningless opportunity to do so. Brian told me the consequences, and was very honest about that, even though it visibly terrified me. He told me the truth, from word one. He asked me to trust him. On 6/26/14, through some feat of magic, and I have no idea how, he was able to accomplish this, he was able to get a FULL DISMISSAL,... of my case. I say this without hyperbole, Brian Burns may have saved my Life. It's very important to me, that someone at the Law Offices of Earl Carter, and hopefully Mr. Carter himself, know, that Brian is a miracle worker. I know for sure, from my Probation Officer, that they did indeed want me back in prison. I also know, that through Brian s effort, they were not able to do so. I really don't know what else to say,..I am so grateful, that Earl Cater & Assoc. have Brian Burns on the payroll, to me, he is a legal magician,... a Miracle worker. Thank you so much for your time. I'm headed over to "Yelp.com" to spread the word, about Brian Burns, and Earl Carter & Assoc. Thanks again, your present, and always, future client. Very sincerely, yours, G.E.W.
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Posted by Jonathan | February 5, 2015
Brian Burns best Traffic lawyer ever
To whom it may concern: I have made some mistakes, mistakes that had cost me my privilege of driving. I had 7 tickets in a couple of courtrooms. Trying to take care of them on my own was a nightmare. As a single father it is hard to get around do anything with out a licence, As i tried to take care of these items ( on the bus) i started falling behind, they began to snowball on me and then the real trouble began. I started looking at even more severe fines and the real possibility of time in jail, a long time, 1 and a half years over traffic tickets. I was against a wall, in my mind i had no options, i felt helpless like my whole world was at a end. No license , no car, limited employment ( due to lack of transportation) and a real risk of losing my kids all because of mistakes i made with driving violations. My life was over. By happen stance, 2 days before i was had to turn myself in for what looked like close to a year of jail, i was browsing the internet and was connected to a legal service that put me in touch with Brian Burns. This was with out a doubt the best decision of my life. AS soon as i was in touch with Brian i felt better that second, This man put my mind at ease , he let me know and reassured me i was gonna be ok. Immediately he and his staff got to work on my case they got my licence released , i was able to drive,go back to work make that money , get a vehicle, change everything about life for me and my kids ALL while he fought my case in court, with no appearance by me. Through out the whole process i was informed and kept up to speed on my case. After my first call i was able to sleep, it changed everything. He BY FAR exceeded my expectations with the outcome of my case and the way he handled everything . When i say his work on this case changed my life, i am not exaggerating. We now have a good car , that gets me to my good job, where i make good money and can once again provide a good life for my 2 children. All Because i picked up the phone and Retained Brian Burns to my cases. I plan on respecting the law and protecting my driving privileges, BUT if i should ever have trouble or know anyone who does Brian Burns is the only person i will ever recommend,EVER. Thank you Brian I dont even want to imagine where my family would have been with out your work. -- Jonathan
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Burns Law Firm - Professional Corporation
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lead Counsel
  • Law Office of Earl Carter and Associates
  • 2009 - 2015

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI
  • Dismissed
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dismissed
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dismissal

Associations

  • Alpha Nu of California - International Sociology Honor Society
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Volunteer
  • 2002 - Present
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Volunteer
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Rating
  • Lead Counsel Review Board
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Honors Award - 300 Hours of Service
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2008
  • Departmental Honors
  • University of San Diego
  • 2004
  • Community Service Learning Volunteer of the Year
  • University of San Diego
  • 2003
  • Departmental Honors
  • University of San Diego
  • 2003
  • First Honors
  • University of San Diego
  • 2003
  • Recognition of Outstanding Merit and accomplishment as a student
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
  • 2002
  • First Honors
  • University of San Diego
  • 2002
  • First Honors
  • University of San Diego
  • 2001
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • President's Education Awards Program
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law - Newspaper
  • Academic Success
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law - New Student Orientation
  • Academic Success in Law School
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (29)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian Burns is an excellent attorney. He represents his clients with professionalism, talent, and hard work. He is compassionate toward his clients and caree deeply about his case. I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian Burns is the type of lawyer that is hard to come by. He is highly intelligent and truly cares for his clients. I've seen Mr. Burns in action and he is truly an amazing person and wonderful lawyer. He's a true fighter!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred numerous clients, friends and family members to Mr. Burns and all have been very happy with his results. I have also sought out out Mr. Burns' advice on criminal and family law matters to which I was unfamiliar and he proved very knowledgeable."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian has great knowledge of the local Bakersfield Courts. He knows how to get great dispositions for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Burns is one of the brightest criminal defense attorneys in the Kern County area. I have also worked with him on several criminal defense and family law matters and found him to be a zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Burns is the most dedicated lawyer that I have had the pleasure of working with; he truly cares about his clients. Brian Burns is a consummate professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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