Personal and Business Bankruptcy: Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 13
John Douglas Burns is an attorney and Managing Member of The Burns Law Firm, LLC in Greenbelt, Maryland. Mr. Burns' practice emphasizes Chapter 11 business reorganizations and representation of consumer debtors under Chapter 7, 13 and 11. He also works with clients who are interested in addressing their financial issues without the use of bankruptcy protection.
In the years prior to opening his own firm, Mr. Burns worked diligently in the bankruptcy practice area. He served as law clerk to the Honorable E. Stephen Derby, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland during the 1991-92 term. Between October 1992 and July 1996, Mr. Burns was employed as an associate in the Bankruptcy Department of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore, Maryland.
Maryland bankruptcy attorney John Burns is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York where he received a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Mr. Burns also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He attended The Boston University School of Law and graduated in 1991 with cum laude rankings.
An ardent advocate for those in need, Mr. Burns has become active in the St. Thomas More Society. Dedicated to helping others, Mr. Burns has found that his work through the St. Thomas More society allows him to combine his beliefs with his law practice, working toward a better outcome for his clients.
He is active in local bar and charitable organizations and efforts and is a current member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Mr. Burns also currently serves as Committee Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee for The Prince George's County Bar Association, a position he has held since 1996. He has served as Chair for Bankruptcy Committees throughout the State of Maryland, including the Anne Arundel County Bar Association and the Howard County Bar Association. He is also admitted to the Bar of United States Supreme Court.
A believer in working toward a better future for attorneys in Maryland, Mr. Burns has served as a member on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association and has served as a Board of Directors member and Vice Chairman for the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the State of Maryland.
Mr. Burns has also served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association National Bankruptcy Law Committee for the Young Lawyers Division, which conducts national seminars for the ABA. Mr. Burns is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy law topics and has completed and argued two resolutions for Bankruptcy Law Amendments by the General Assembly of the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division.