J. Scott Burns

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Scottsdale, AZ

Burns and Burns, P.C.
5635 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 170
Scottsdale, AZ 85250-5945
Phone: 602-264-3227
Fax: 602-274-0103
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2016, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (50%), Estate Planning & Probate (30%), Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney J. Scott Burns is a partner with Burns and Burns, P.C., law firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. Board certified as a real estate law specialist and possessing more than 44 years of total legal experience, Mr. Burns provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout Arizona who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Real estate law, including the acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial properties, title reviews, landlord-tenant issues, commercial leases, boundary disputes, quiet title litigation and other related matters

· Business and commercial law, including business formation and planning, corporate formation and governance, and more

· Estate planning, business succession planning, asset protection and probate administration

In addition to being a highly respected attorney, Mr. Burns is a designated real estate broker, and he serves as legal counsel to J. S. Burns Real Estate. Over the course of his legal career, he has handled dozens of high-stakes acquisition, disposition and financing matters of large-scale, complex real estate and corporate transactions totaling more than $1 billion.

In addition, he has defended a national title insurance company during escrow and title policy litigation involving $64 million in claims, and he has represented a major retail company in his region with its commercial leasing issues as well as its employment matters. He has also served as legal counsel for various municipalities in his region, and he has represented the rights and interests of licensees before the Arizona Department of Real Estate's disciplinary board.

In honor of his outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Burns has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as a Top Lawyer designation from Phoenix Magazine. He has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials from his satisfied clients.

A 1973 graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. Burns returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law in 1976. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the U.S. and Arizona supreme courts.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Burns is a member of the Real Estate and Probate & Trust sections of the State Bar of Arizona, and he has served on the organization's specialization exam committee, its disciplinary committee and its Young Lawyer Executive Council. He also supports his local community through his involvement with various civic and charitable organizations in his areas.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Real Estate: Business
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Business/Corporate


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2016, 2020 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About J. Scott Burns

Admitted: 1976, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://b-blaw.com/about-us/j-scott-burns-biography/


  • Represented clients in over One Billion Dollars ($1,000,000,000.00) in real estate transactions.


  • During the 40+ years of practice, Mr. Burns has represented clients in over 400 lawsuits, including arguments in the Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals and numerous jury trials at the Superior Court level. For 10 years, Mr. Burns represented a national title insurance company in state-wide litigation matters. Recently, the firm co-represented a Defendant to set aside a $700,000.00 Default Judgment in a real estate transaction and represented a Plaintiff in connection with obtaining and collecting a $120,000.00 Judgment in a real estate transaction. Mr. Burns has completed in excess of 800 loan transactions regarding SBA 504 commercial loans.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Arizona Major League Alumni, Legal Counsel
  • Jazz in Arizona, Inc., Founding Member
  • Arizona Chapter National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Legal Counsel
  • The Thunderbirds
  • Valley of the Sun Kiwanis, Board of Directors
  • St Luke’s Hospital, Luke’s Men, Hon Kachina Awards Program
  • Boy Scouts Troop 401, Assistant Troop Leader (Eagle Scout)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyer Executive Council
  • State Bar of Arizona, Disciplinary Committee, Volunteer Counsel
  • State Bar of Arizona, Specialization Exam Committee, Real Estate Law
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona Association
  • Member, Probate & Trust Section, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member of Real Estate Section of the Arizona State Bar Association; Member of Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Arizona State Bar Association, 504 Loan National Association of Development Companies Certification.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • AV (5.0) rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Since 1987, Certified Legal Specialist in Real Estate Law by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization; Licensed real estate broker; Listed in Phoenix Magazine Top lawyers; Listed in AZ Finest Lawyers.

Educational Background

  • 1976 Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law.

Representative Clients

  • Our client list is confidential.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker Arizona State Bar Course on Professionalism

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization; Licensed Arizona Real Estate Broker for J. S. Burns Real Estate., 1986

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant
  • Corporate Formation
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for J. Scott Burns

5635 North Scottsdale Road
Suite 170
Scottsdale, AZ 85250-5945

Phone: 602-264-3227

Fax: 602-274-0103

Last Updated: 1/13/2021

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