Michael P. Burns attended Florida International University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, in 2002. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received awards for academic achievement in Political Science and Philosophy, and was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
Mr. Burns received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2005. Mr. Burns received the American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law in 2003. During law school, Mr. Burns clerked for the United States Department of Homeland Security, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. He was also an Executive Editor and the Online Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and was a research assistant to Prof. Anne J. O’Connell.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Burns practiced civil litigation and employment law in Monterey, California. He also served as an arbitrator for the Monterey County Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Resolution Program.
Since joining Bradford & Barthel, Mr. Burns’ primary area of practice is workers’ compensation and subrogation. He is the lead legal writer and researcher for the San Jose office, and has litigated cases before the WCAB and has represented insurers in Superior Court.