business people shaking handsMr. Burns is a nationally-recognized Arbitrator and Mediator.  His fellow arbitrators have bestowed upon him one of the highest honors any arbitrator can receive — induction as a Fellow of the prestigious, invitation-only College of Commercial Arbitrators, which has only admitted to date approximately 300 arbitrators throughout the United States.  The American Arbitration Association has also recognized Mr. Burns’ extraordinary skills and extensive experience by naming him to its Large Complex Case Advisory Board and having him speak at several Panelist Conferences.  In addition, Mr. Burns is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law’s top-rated Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution where he has taught arbitration and/or mediation to hundreds of law students and lawyers.

After over 15 years as an arbitrator in over 250 arbitrations, including participation on numerous tripartite arbitration panels, Mr. Burns has gained unique insights in how to represent clients in arbitration to maximize the probability of receiving a favorable arbitration award. Indeed, courtroom trial attorneys have brought Mr. Burns on to their arbitration teams to give them an edge over their adversaries.

Mr. Burns has 15+ years of actual and academic mediation experience in hundreds of actual and simulated mediations, which has enabled him to hone a unique set of skills to increase the probability of the best possible settlement of a dispute in mediation.  Indeed, clients retain Mr. Burns as Settlement Counsel as an adjunct to their existing litigation counsel to facilitate the best possible settlement in mediation.  Mr. Burns’ extraordinary skills and experience in arbitration and mediation are evidenced through his membership on the following arbitration and mediation panels:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center “Tech List”
  • International Trademark Association, Panel of Mediators
  • AIPLA List of Arbitrators and Mediators


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