Lynn P. Burleson
Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Raleigh, NC
Lynn Burleson is a native of Albemarle, North Carolina. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina after receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Before joining Tharrington Smith, Mr. Burleson served as a district court judge and was a partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. He has served as an adjunct professor of law for the Wake Forest University School of Law and High Point University.
Mr. Burleson practices exclusively in the field of family law. He is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is Chair Emeritus of the Arbitration Committee and has sat on the Board of Governors as a Chapter Delegate to the national American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He frequently serves as a faculty member of the national AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitration Institute. In 2009, he became one of only 100 divorce attorneys from across the United States to be inducted as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He is listed among the "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina. He is listed as one of the "Super Lawyers" by Charlotte and Law and Politics magazines. He is listed in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and has been named the "Raleigh Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year". He has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association. Mr. Burleson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for his service to the Family Law Section. He has served as president of both the Twenty-First Judicial District and the Forsyth County Bar Associations. He received the Leaders in the Law award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly in 2016.
Mr. Burleson is a frequent speaker at law schools and at continuing legal education programs and has presented manuscripts on a wide range of topics including absolute divorce, divorce from bed and board, alimony, child support, sanctions, qualified domestic relations orders, employee benefits, discovery of corporate records by minority shareholders, ethics, counsel fees, mediation, neutral evaluation, use of referees, classification and distribution of marital assets, marital property valuation, family law contracts, breach of confidential relationships, and arbitration.
Mr. Burleson is certified as an arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has served as an Observer-Member of the Uniform Laws Commission Family Law Arbitration Act Drafting Committee.
Certificates and Credentials
About Lynn P. Burleson
First Admitted: 1980, North Carolina
Professional Webpage: https://wakedivorce.law/our-attorneys/lynn-p-burleson/
- UNC Chapel Hill, M.A. Public Administration
- UNC Chapel Hill, B.A. Public Administration
- "North Carolina Bar Association Position Paper on HB 1047- Bill to Abolish Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation", North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Legislative Committee, May 5, 2004.
- "Arbitration," Desk Book, North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2003.
- "The North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act," The Newsletter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Winter 2000, Spring 2000.
- Family Law Arbitration, 119th Annual Meeting Of The Indiana State Bar Association, 2015
- "Arbitrating Under the North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act," Family Law Section of Mecklenburg County Bar Association and North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Charlotte, North Carolina, Presenter and Course Planner, 2006
- "Arbitrating Family Law Cases," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- "Codifying Marital Torts," 2006 family Law Specialists' Meeting, 2006.
- "Family Law Arbitration From The Court Perspective," North Carolina District Court Judges Conference, June 14, 2006.
- "Amendments to the N.C. Family Law Arbitration Act, Arbitrator Liability, Ethical Standards for Arbitrators and Appellate Review, Perils and Pitfalls in ADR, North Carolina Bar Foundation, September 16, 2005. Presenter and Course Planner.
- "Matrimonial Arbitration- A Welcome Development," The National Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, September 12, 2005.
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Former District Court Judge
- North Carolina Bar Asociation, Uniform Laws Commission Family Law Arbitration Act Drafting Committee, Observer-Member
- North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member
- North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
- 10th Judicial District Bar, Member
- Forsyth County Bar Association, Past President
- North Carolina Bar Association, Member
- Wake County Bar Association, Member
- 21st Judicial District Bar, Past President
- North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
- American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Arbitrator
- Business North Carolina Magazine, Legal Elite Family Law Section (2009 -2013)
- Chair Emeritus, National Arbitration Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
- Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law Section, (1995-2018)
- Leaders in the Law Award, Elon University and NC Lawyers Weekly, 2016
- North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section Distinguished Service Award
- Best Lawyers in America, Raleigh Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”, 2009
Last Updated: 5/15/2022