BurnsĀ 
Legal & PoliticalĀ 
Affairs
About Us

Located in Blount County, Alabama, Burns Legal & Political Affairs is a uniquely situated firm handling a variety of legal matters in Alabama, and particularly those in Blount, Jefferson, Marshall, Etowah, St. Clair and Talladega Counties. The firm's legal experience includes criminal defense, civil litigation, domestic relations and juvenile matters.  


The firm also handles all manner of political affairs, ranging from lobbying at the local, state and federal levels to community organizing and campaign management.  The firm's principal, Bill Burns is a highly-decorated lobbyist that has lobbied legislatures in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. Additionally, Burns has led several delegations to Washington D.C. to lobby members of the U.S. Congress.

Finally, Burns Legal & Political Affairs is well positioned to assist with community organization for issue campaigns, or to manage your political campaign.  Burns received a certificate in community organizing after attending the Midwest Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, and has organized or worked on several political campaigns.

Call 205.675.8516 today for a free consultation from Burns Legal & Political Affairs.

Bill Burns

Education

Burns earned his J.D. from the Birmingham School of Law in 2006, and has been certified by the Alabama State Bar to practice law in Alabama.  Additionally, Burns has been licensed to practice before the Northern District of the United States District Court in Alabama.  Bill Burns earned his Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University in 1999 where he served as an officer in Sigma Nu fraternity and as a delegate to the Student Government Association.  Burns also attended the Midwest Academy in Baltimore, MD where he received a certificate in community organization.

Experience 

Practice of Law

Burns worked in litigation support for Summit in Birmingham while working his way through law school. At Summit, Burns provided trial support for 7 of the 10 largest law firms in Birmingham, and learned a great deal about evidence and trial exhibits.  Since Graduation form law school in 2006, Burns has worked on legal matters in Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Talladega and Marshall Counties, and has acquired an excellent working knowledge of the Alabama Court system.  His practice areas include domestic relations, juvenile law, criminal defense, DUI, personal injury, civil litigation, appeals and small claims.  Bill is certified by the state as a Guardian Ad Litem, and has been awarded a state contract to handle juvenile cases for Blount County.

Legislative Affairs

Burns has been employed by the American Heart Association as a Development Director in Alabama and the Government Relations Director working out of the Greater Southeast Affiliate's office in Marietta, GA.  As a Development Director, Burns learned the ins and outs of fund-raising, managing several campaigns for the American Heart Association in East Alabama including events in Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Etowah, DeKalb, Calhoun Talladega and Cleburne Counties. Burns was then promoted by AHA to the role of Government Relations Director for the State of Georgia where he received several awards for his lobbying efforts in Georgia.  Burns was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Coverdell-Murphy Act, a complex piece of legislation that changed the model by which care for stroke patients is delivered in Georgia.  The bill passed the Georgia House and Senate without one adversarial vote, and was signed into law by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2008.  Additionally, Burns was recognized as the leader of efforts to combat childhood obesity in Georgia, supporting legislation aimed at reforming physical education in Georgia schools. The Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Act written by Burns passed the Georgia Legislature in 2009. The bill (HB 229) will require the physical fitness levels of students enrolled in P.E. classes in Georgia to be assessed each year, and that data to be reported to the State Department of Education as well as the student's parents.  For his efforts around HB 229, Burns received the Jeff Graham Community Partner Award from Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT), and the W. Clyde Partin Award from Georgia Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation And Dance (GAHPERD).  Georgia Department of Education Superintendent Kathy Cox appointed Burns to an advisory committee for the department as they explored new physical education standards for grades K-12.  Recognized for his expertise in the area of tobacco control, Burns was appointed in 2008 to a task force authorized by Governor Sonny Perdue charged with evaluating Georgia's tobacco control measures and making recommendations for improvements.  In his role as lobbyist for AHA, Burns has lobbied for Smoke Free Air legislation in Louisiana, physical education reform in Alabama, and menu labeling laws in Tennessee.  In 2007 and 2008, Burns led delegations of AHA donors and volunteers to Washington, D.C. to lobby members of the U.S. Congress on a multitude of issues.

Burns was selected to chair the Tim James campaign in Blount County (Alabama Governor 2010), and actively consulted on several other state and local campaigns.  Although Tim James was unsuccessful in the statewide primary, he did manage to carry Blount County, holding off Roy Moore, Bradley Byrne and eventual gubernatorial nominee, Dr. Robert Bentley.  During the General Election in November of 2010, Burns worked with the campaign of Dr. Bentley in Blount County, helping secure a win for the Governor-elect.

Memberships:

  • Member, Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
  • President, Blount County (AL) Bar Association (present)
  • Licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Registered Lobbyist, State of Georgia (2006-2010)
  • Registered Lobbyist, State of Alabama (2010-Present)


Accolades:

  • Winner, 2009 W. Clyde Partin Distinguished Service Award, presented by Georgia Association for Physical Education, Recreation & Dance for exceptional legislative and regulatory lobbying efforts during the 2009 Georgia General Assembly.
  • Winner, 2009 Jeff Graham Community Partner Award presented by HealthSTAT for lobbying efforts around childhood obesity during the 2009 Georgia General Assembly.
  • Recipient, stipend award for leadership role presented by Georgia Physical Activity & Nutrition (GPAN) to attend the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy School's Program in August 2009 in New York City.
  • Winner, 2008 & 2009 Legislative Achievement Awards presented by GPAN for leadership  and advocacy around childhood obesity legislation.
  • Winner, 2006 Strategic Focus Award presented by the American Heart Association for success in fund-raising campaigns.
Burns Legal & Political Affairs

Physical Address: Mailing Address:
109 1st Street N. P.O. Box 64
Oneonta, AL 35121 Remlap, AL 35133
Phone:
205.675.8516
No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.