Patrick R. Burns

Top rated Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Burns Law Firm PLLC
Patrick R. Burns
Burns Law Firm PLLC

Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2000

Education: The University of South Dakota School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010
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Burns Law Firm PLLC

1624 Harmon Place
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403 Visit website

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Patrick R. Burns is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.  

For 20-plus years, Patrick R. Burns has provided diligent representation to his clients in resolving their pressing legal matters using alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) such as mediation and arbitration, emphasizing a peaceful conclusion to proceedings. At the Burns Law Firm PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he takes on issues involving:

  • Personal injury: Slip-and-falls, brain injury, spinal cord injury, automotive vehicle accidents, airplane wrecks, maritime injuries, dog bites, construction accidents, premises liability and more
  • Civil rights, including police misconduct and discrimination
  • Business litigation
  • Administrative hearings and appeals
  • Medical and dental malpractice
  • Employment and labor law
  • Military law

Mr. Burns completed his undergraduate studies in 1993 at the University of South Dakota and returned to his alma mater to complete his higher education, obtaining his Master of Public Administration degree in 2000, and additionally, he also received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law the same year. He attended the United States Army Airborne Infantry School, as well as the Judge Advocate General’s School for the Army and graduated from both institutions in 2001. He served as a Captain and attorney in the United States Military until 2003. Additionally, he is a certified mediator by the International Mediation Institute, and he received his LL.M. degree in dispute resolution from the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law in 2015.

First licensed to practice in South Dakota in 2000, Mr. Burns has also received his license to practice in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Moreover, he is authorized to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court.

For his dedication to his clients and his strong work ethic, Mr. Burns has been recognized by a plethora of prestigious legal organizations, including acknowledgement by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in dispute resolution, recognition by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as part of the Top One Percent and being named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer magazine. Furthermore, he is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating, and he holds a perfect “10.0” rating on Avvo and hosts many positive testimonials on the site as well.

Mr. Burns is present and active across many legal organizations such as the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the Minnesota State Bar Association (former chair of the ADR section), the State Bar of Wisconsin, the State Bar Association of North Dakota and the State Bar of South Dakota (ADR Committee). He is also an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Franchise/Dealership

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arbitration, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Discrimination, Mediation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

First Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://burns-law.mn/patrick-burns-biography/

Honors/Awards:
  • Peer-review rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated 10.0 “Superb”, Avvo
  • Dillon Graduate Student of the Year, University of South Dakota Department of Political Science
  • One of 20 “Up and Coming Attorneys”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007
  • Minnesota Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star”, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2010
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2012-Present
  • Super Lawyer, ADR and Litigation in Twin Cities Business Journal magazine, 2014-Present
  • 2015 Pro Patria Award, VE-VJ Day Club of Minnesota
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Arbitration, 2018
  • 2015 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer magazine
  • Dillon Graduate Achievement Award - University of South Dakota
  • Named one of 20 "Up & Coming Attorneys" - Minnesota Lawyer (2007)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Minnesota CLE, ADR Institutes, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006-2008 and 2010-2012
  • “Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses & Working with a Third-Party ADR Administrator,” Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, November 17, 2005
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” City of Lakes Rotary Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 15, 2006
  • Panelist, “The Future of ADR,” 10th Anniversary Symposium, ADR Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 23, 2006
  • “Mediation Advocacy,” Minnesota CLE Solo and Small Firm Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, August 7, 2006
  • “Fundamentals of ADR in North Dakota — Leading the Way in the 21st Century,” North Dakota Bar Association, Fargo, North Dakota, September 29, 2006
  • Faculty, “9th Annual ADR Institute,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 20, 2006
  • “What Clients Need to Know About Intellectual Property Arbitration,” Merchant & Gould/Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP, Windows on Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 8, 2006
  • “Online Dispute Resolution Solutions,” Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota, March 28, 2007
  • “Designing an Effective Employee Dispute Resolution Program,” Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), Elk River, Minnesota, April 11, 2007
  • “Arbitration Fundamentals & Best Practices for New American Arbitration Association Arbitrators,” AAA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 5 & 6, 2007
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” South Dakota Bar Convention, Aberdeen, South Dakota, June 21, 2007
  • “Drafting International Dispute Resolution Clauses & Working with a Third-Party ADR Administrator,” American Arbitration Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 20, 2007
  • “Minnesota No-Fault Arbitration — Current Topics and Trends from Three Perspectives,” Minnesota CLE webcast, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 19, 2007
  • “Using Arbitration to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes,” Minnesota CLE webcast, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 16, 2007
  • “The American Arbitration Association in 2007: Leaders in Dispute Resolution,” Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 4, 2007
  • “Ethics in Arbitration,” Minnesota CLE webcast, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 20, 2007
  • “Ask the Mediators: Candid Advice on What Works and What Doesn’t,” Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 27, 2007
  • “Drafting Arbitration Clauses,” Minnesota CLE webcast, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 18, 2007
  • Faculty, “10th Annual Minnesota ADR Institute,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 19, 2007
  • “Mediation and Conflict Resolution,” Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, November 1, 2007
  • “Tips for Choosing an Arbitrator,” ADR Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 10, 2009
  • “Arbitration,” ADR Seminar, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 9, 2009
  • “Arbitration,” Ramsey County Bar Association, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 27, 2009
  • “Arbitration,” Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 1, 2009
  • “Elder Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Elder Law Forum (guest on regional radio program broadcast in seven states) WNAX-AM, Yankton, South Dakota, November 15, 2009
  • Franchise Law Webcast Series (“The Accidental Franchise,” “Disclosure and Registration,” “Minnesota Franchise Relationship Law”), Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April, May and June, 2010
  • Faculty, Certified Civil Arbitration Training, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 16, 2010
  • Faculty, “13th Annual ADR Institute,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 29, 2010
  • Faculty, Certified Civil Arbitration Training, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 14, 2010
  • “Monday Mornings with the Mediators” Webcast Series (“Mediation Basics for Advocates and Neutrals,” “Beyond Rule 114 – Efficient, Effective, and Affordable Mediation,” and “Do You Really Want to Settle? Effective Mediation Advocacy”), Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 11, May 9, June 20, 2011
  • The Minnesota ADR Handbook Seminar (“Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in ADR”), Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 26, 2011
  • “The Supreme Court’s Unprecedented Interest In Arbitration,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 14, 2011
  • Course Chair and Faculty, “14th Annual ADR Institute,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 14, 2011
  • Faculty, Certified Civil Arbitration Training, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 8, 2011
  • “Mediation and Arbitration In Practice – Best Practices and Basics for New Lawyers,” MSBA New Lawyers Section, February 9, 2012
  • “Has Arbitration Become More Like Litigation in Minnesota?  A Discussion of the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act,” Public Sector Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Minnesota CLE, February 10, 2012
  • “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Alternative Dispute Resolution Done Ethically?” Minnesota CLE Webcast, May 18, 2012
  • “Hot Topics in Arbitration and Practice Tips for Advocates and Arbitrators,” Minnesota ADR Institute, October 2013
  • Faculty, Certified Civil Arbitration Training, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 11, 2013
  • Presented “Tricky Issues in Arbitration” at Minnesota CLE’s annual ADR Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 31, 2014
  • “Understanding and Using Special Masters,” Minnesota CLE Webcast, June 2, 2016
  • University of South Dakota, Adjunct Professor, Speech Communication, 2000
  • Staff instructor for AAA Commercial Arbitration Training, 2005-2008
  • Trained arbitrators and mediators nationally for the American Arbitration Association’s continuing education program for neutrals, 2005-2008
  • Mediator trainer for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
  • Regular presenter and faculty for Minnesota CLE on ADR and other legal areas, 2005 – Present
  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Arbitration, 2007 – 2014
  • Minnesota CLE, Arbitration Series: “Ethical Considerations in Arbitration for Neutrals and Lawyer-Advocates,” 2007
  • The State Bar of South Dakota, Dispute Resolution CLE, 2007
  • Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, “Ask the Mediators: Candid Advice About What Works and What Doesn’t,” 2007
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Arbitration Association, Vice President
  • The State Bar of South Dakota (ADR Committee)
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Panel
  • American Arbitration Association, Mediation Panel
  • The Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • The Minnesota State Bar Association, ADR Section, Vice Chair
  • The Minnesota State Bar Association, ADR Section, Chair
  • Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 400 member Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Western Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Armed Forces, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Armed Forces, Seventh Circuit
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Program, former chair
  • Wisconsin 
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota , 2000
  • Minnesota 
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
  • International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator, 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Victory Memorial Drive Taskforce - by appointment of Hennepin County; Pro Bono Mediator for Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and Hennepin County District Court Civil Mediation Pilot Project
  • Bob Burns Dakota Bowl Committee, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Minneapolis Public Schools – volunteer
  • Victory Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • City of Lakes Rotary Club (International Service, Community Service and Youth Exchange Committees), Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The State Bar of Wisconsin (“Lawyer-to-Lawyer” volunteer)
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law (Mentor Program participant since 2004)
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court (Barrister), Minneapolis
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Leaders Impacting the Non-Profit Community [LINC] Graduate
  • “The Strategic Mediator;” Instructor – Nina Meierding (6 hours), Minnesota CLE, 2012
  • Hennepin County District Court Flat Fee Mediation Program, mediator
  • Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Mediation Panel, mediator
  • Resolution Services LLC – mediator
  • Resolute Systems – mediator and arbitrator
  • National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS) – Minnesota Real Property Disclosure Dispute Program – arbitrator
Educational Background:
  • Graduate, United States Army Airborne Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 2001
  • B.S., University of South Dakota, Philosophy and Speech Communication, 1993
  • M.P.A., University of South Dakota (Graduate Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs), 2000
  • Graduate, The Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2001
  • LL.M, Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • ADR; Mediation; Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Personal Injury; Consumer Law

Office location for Patrick R. Burns

1624 Harmon Place
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Phone: 612-426-3892

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11 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010

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