Jeffrey A. Burns

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC
 | 1100 Main Street, Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-876-2600
Fax: 816-221-8763
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Jeffrey A. Burns is an attorney at Dollar, Burns & Becker, L.C., in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Burns concentrates his practice on personal injury, focusing on truck accident (crash) cases,  and has represented truck accident (crash) victims across the nation, in 34 states.

Passionate about advocating for the rights of truck accident (crash) victims, Mr. Burns stays involved with legal and safety developments in the trucking industry. He was a 9 year member of the truck and bus safety committee of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (and is now a "friend" of the committee) and was appointed by US Secretary of Transportation LaHood to the National Freight Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues affecting freight movement in the US, especially how such freight movement affects safety on our highways.

Mr. Burns has more than 30 years of experience. He has earned recognition from several groups, including the American Association for Justice, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Parents Against Tired Truckers and the Truck Safety Coalition. He was also included in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” from 2005 through 2019.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Burns belongs to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is a former chair of AAJ's Trucking Litigation Group. He sits on the boards of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, and previously held leadership positions for the Safe Roads Alliance, the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, and the Center for Truck Safety. He also serves as National Transportation Counsel for Parents Against Tired Truckers. 

Mr. Burns received a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, did some post-graduate work at the Universidad Complutense De Madrid, and earned his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. In 1983, he obtained his Missouri law license and has been admitted to the Missouri and Kansas Federal District Courts, as well as the First, Fourth, Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Over the course of his career, he has written and lectured extensively on truck accident topics, and has appeared pro hac vice in the courts of most of the United States.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Jeffrey Burns

Admitted: 1983, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • Lifesaver Award, Parents Against Tired Truckers, 1998
  • Unsung Hero Award, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 1996
  • Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2018
  • Distinguished Service Award, Truck Safety Coalition, 2005
  • Lifetime Member, National Registry of Who's Who
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005 and 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008-2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Vice-Chair
  • National Transportation Counsel, Parents Against Tired Truckers 
  • Member, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • National Registry of Who's Who
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Former Director, Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City
  • Board Member, Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.)
  • Former Director, Center for Truck Safety (C.T.S.)
  • Board Member, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH)
  • Current Member and Former Friend of the Board, Transportation Research Board
  • Former Director, Alliance for Safe Highways, Missouri/Kansas
  • Former Member, National Freight Advisory Committee
  • Current Member, and Former Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, Truck Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice
  • Missouri

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Don't Hire an Attorney Before Asking These Questions
  • Why Trucks Should Be Required to Have Automatic Emergency Brakes
  • Stay Safe Near Semi-Trucks in Hazardous Winter Weather
  • Truckers With Deep Pockets, Lobbying within the Transportation Industry
  • How To Stay Safe While Driving in Construction Zones
  • How Trucking Companies Spring into Action
  • What to Do if a Loved One Has Been Hurt in a Truck Crash
  • How Overloaded Trucks Put Drivers in Danger
  • Fatigue Leads to Deadly Crashes, But Can We Make Truckers Rest?
  • Hours of Service Reform and Potential Shipper Responsibility, Roundtable of the Counsel of Logistics Management, Des Moines, Iowa, May 1999
  • Developing Areas in Premises Liability, Preparing Accurate Settlement Documentation Settlement of Minors' Claims, Richard E. McLeod and Jeffrey A. Burns, May 1987
  • Developing Areas in Premises Liability, Practical Skills Course, Federal Court Practice, November 1989
  • Developing Areas in Premises Liability, Effective Motion Practice, Discovery Motions, May 1996, 1995 and 1994
  • Developing Areas in Premises Liability, June 1994
  • Sleep Deprivation, America's Hidden Nightmare, Symposium on Fatigue, San Francisco, California, September 1994
  • Fatigue as a Cause of Truck Crashes, Fatigue and Highway Safety Conference, Vancouver, Washington, September 1995
  • Obtaining Justice,  Criminal vs. Civil Legal Systems, Sorrow to Strength Truck Crash Victims' Conference, Washington, D.C., June 1996
  • Problem Areas in Truck Crash Litigation, Sorrow to Strength Truck Crash Victims' Conference, Washington, D.C., May 1997
  • Hot Topics in Truck Crash Litigation, Fatigue and Blind Spots, Kansas City, Missouri, April 1997
  • Cutting-Edge Truck Safety Issues, Sorrow to Strength Truck Crash Victims' Conference, Washington, D.C., April 1998
  • The Truck Safety Crisis, A National Outrage, Sorrow to Strength Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2007
  • ABC'S of Highway Safety, Sorrow to Strength Truck Crash Victims' Conference, Washington, D.C., June 1999
  • How to Prepare a Truck Crash Case for Trial, Phoenix, Arizona, June 2001
  • Legal Developments Regarding Drowsy Driving, National Summit to Prevent Drowsy Driving, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., November 2002
  • The Trucking Industry's Capacity Crisis Driver Shortage and Hours of Service, An Outside View, Freight Transportation Capacity Crisis Productivity Summit, The Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2004
  • Debunking Industry Myths, The Status of Truck Safety, Sorrow to Strength Truck Victims’ Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2005
  • Why Comprehensive Discovery is Reasonable And Necessary in a Truck Crash Case, ABA Transportation Megaconference VII, New Orleans, La., March 2005
  • Truck litigation and D.O.T. Regulations, Kansas City, Missouri, March 2006 and 2007
  • American Association Of Justice, Advanced Trial Advocacy College, Litigating Truck Collision Cases, 2015, 2011 and 2009
  • Discovery And Proof Of Driver Fatigue, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Osage Beach, Missouri, June 2007
  • Fatigue and the Law, Wake Up Michigan Symposium, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 20, 2007
  • Discovery & Proof Of Driver Fatigue, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Nashville, Tennessee, October 5, 2007
  • Driver Fatigue, ITLG Members Only Trucking Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 3-5, 2008
  • The Three Rs: Rules, Regs & Reptiles, South Carolina Association for Justice 2009 Annual Convention, August 7, 2009
  • Beyond Auditing Logs, The Trucking Company’s Obligation To Provide Fatigue Training, Fatigued Truckers, From Crash To Closing Argument, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 13, 2009
  • Safety Presentation For Earp Distribution, Last Chance for Safety, The Truck Driver, Kansas City, Kansas, October 3, 2009
  • Trial Advocacy College, Developing the Rules in a Trucking Case, Selection, Preparation & Direct Examination of the Accident Reconstruction Expert, Punitive Damages & Vicarious Liability, Atlanta, Georgia, October 9-12, 2009
  • American Association of Justice, CSA 2010, Comprehensive Safety Analysis, An Eye Opener, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8-9, 2010
  • American Association of Justice, CSA 2010, Not Your Father’s Safe-Stat, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8-9, 2010
  • American Association of Justice, Regulatory and Statutory Update, CSA, EOBRs, HOS, Insurance, Size & Weight, Atlanta, May 20 – 22, 2011
  • American Association of Justice, Using Investigation, Regulations and Discovery to Disprove Defenses, Atlanta, May 20 – 22, 2011
  • 360 Advocacy Institute, Trucking Litigation Exposed, Bad Weather Collision Cases, Presenting Driver Training/Safe Driving Experts, Understanding Fatigue Cases, Beyond Hours of Service, New Orleans, LA, June 12, 2011 
  • APITLA, National Interstate Trucking Super Summit, Driver Fatigue, the Company’s Responsibility, St. Louis, MO, September 16, 2011
  • American Association of Justice, Essentials for Proving Spoliation in Trucking Cases, Chicago, July 2012
  • Ohio Association For Justice Education Foundation, Maximizing the Impact in a Truck Accident Case, Dayton, Ohio, September 2012
  • USLAW, Perspectives From the Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Playbook, Tucson, Arizona, April 2013
  • Truck Safety Coalition Sorrow to Strength Conference, Truck Safety in a Changing World, Washington D.C., May 2013
  • Truck Driver Fatigue, A Primer, American Bar Association, Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Edition, 2012
  • Missouri Bar Annual Update of the Law, Civil Procedure, June 1992 - 2007
  • Missouri Practice, Litigation Guide (Volumes 2 and 2A Missouri Practice Series), West Publications, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2015, 2016
  • Truck Crash Cases, The Unlevel Playing Field, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, May 3, 1999
  • Asleep at the Wheel? Trial Magazine, November, 2002
  • Debunking Truck Industry Myths: The Status of Truck Safety, Sorrow to Strength Truck Victims Conference, Washington, D.C., October, 2005
  • Handling a Plaintiff's Truck Crash Case, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You and Your Client, American Bar Association, Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Edition, 2012


  • Jeff Becker vs. Oliver Mitchell and LTL Trucking
  • Zinmaster vs. Stanislaw Gil and Net Trucking
  • Slattery vs. Estes Express Lines

Educational Background:

  • Truman State, Kirksville, Missouri
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid Spain
  • University of Leicester Facility of Law, Leicester, England

Industry Groups

  • AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Assoc. Of Plaintiff's Interstate Trucking Lawyers Of America
  • Brain Injury Assoc. Of Greater KC And Kansas
  • Center for Truck Safety
  • Citizens For Reliable And Safe Highways (CRASH)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • National Freight Advisory Committee
  • National Registry Of Who's Who
  • Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.)
  • Transportation Research Board
  • Truck Safety Coalition
  • Vice-Chair ABA Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee
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Office Location for Jeffrey A. Burns

1100 Main Street
Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64105

Phone: 816-876-2600

Fax: 816-221-8763

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Last Updated: 6/30/2019

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