Lynn Burleson practices exclusively in the field of family law. 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 in 1999, 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 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, and more. Mr. Burleson is North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is certified as an AAML matrimonial arbitrator. As one of the drafters of the North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act, he serves as a family law arbitrator upon request. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.
First Admitted: 1980, North Carolina
Professional Webpage: https://tharringtonsmith.com/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.
- 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
- Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024
Top ListsTop 100: North Carolina Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008
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