Meet John P. Burns

Winning Car Accident & Personal Injury Cases Since 1981

JOHN P. BURNS

John P. Burns has been an Orange County personal injury attorney since 1981. He has successfully represented hundreds of people injured in car accidents, train wrecks, airplane crashes, dog bites, by defective products and in other injury cases.

John has served as a temporary judge in the Orange County Superior Court. He is a past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and a graduate of the Pepperdine Law School civil litigation mediator training program.

Military trained & detail-oriented

During his college summers, John attended Marine Corps officer training in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation from college, John was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines. He was selected for flight training and received his aviator wings from the Marine Corps flight training program in Pensacola, Florida. John served in the Marines for approximately four years and was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment.

 

 

After leaving the Marine Corps, John was hired by Trans World Airlines as a pilot. He qualified on multiple types of airliners including the Boeing 707, Boeing 727 and Lockheed L1011 aircraft. John flew out of TWA’s New York and Los Angeles bases. While based in Los Angeles, John attended law school at Western States University School of Law in Fullerton, California. In 1981, John was admitted to the California Bar. Shortly thereafter he took early retirement from TWA and began practicing law full time.

A family man who works diligently to protect your family

In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his wife Donna. John and Donna have been married since 1974. They enjoy vacationing in Hawaii where John enjoys body surfing and lying under his favorite palm tree.

John and Donna also enjoy time with their daughter, Heather Hazlett, and her husband Todd. Heather is one of John’s paralegals and lives in San Juan Capistrano with her husband. Todd Hazlett has just completed ten years of service in the U.S. Army and recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Todd is attending college in Mission Viejo, California and hopes to become a special education teacher.

When possible, John and Donna also enjoy time with their son, Sean Burns, and his wife Natalie. Sean met and married Natalie while they were both working for the New Zealand government in Wellington, New Zealand. Sean and Natalie live in Natalie’s home town of Winnipeg, Canada. They have a daughter, Hannah-Lei, who holds American, New Zealand and Canadian passports.

Publications

John’s book, Nine Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Accident Injury Case, was published by Word Association Publishers.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar Association
United States Federal District Court, Los Angeles, California
United States Federal District Court, San Diego, California

Court Admissions

Superior Court of the State of California
United States Federal District Court, Los Angeles, California
United States Federal District Court, San Diego, California

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