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Dave Burns

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Minneapolis attorney Dave Burns is the owner and founding member of Dave Burns Law Office, LLC.

In practice for over 10 years, Dave is a successful litigator with an emphasis on probate and estate litigation and litigation in bankruptcy court. He also offers a range of other litigation and legal services for existing clients and through referrals from other attorneys on limited matters. He concentrates his practice in the Twin Cities area and handles select matters throughout Minnesota.


Litigation is about telling a story — your story. The advocate's role is to tell that story in words the court will understand. In Dave Burns you will find not just a vigorous advocate, but a true listener: he wants to understand your story in order to fully advise you of your rights and legal options, and then to present your story in the best possible way.

A strategist committed to the best possible outcomes for his clients, Dave recognizes the power both of aggressive litigation and of negotiation. Above all, he recognizes that disputes, no matter how difficult, still often involve relationships worth preserving. True victory means meeting your legal goals without leaving the rest of your life in ruin.

Ethics, integrity, and commitment to advocacy motivate Dave's legal practice and style of representation. Learn more about his practice and his representative work. Contact Dave at (612) 677-8351 or to consult about your particular situation and concerns.


Dave received his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law. His practice is informed by his background in finance and strategy as a former business management consultant. Dave is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and active in the bankruptcy and probate sections. He is also a member of the Commitment Defense Project, where he regularly tries cases on behalf of people with mental illness in probate court, and of the Hennepin and Ramsey County Guardianship and Conservatorship Panel, representing clients in contested and uncontested matters. Dave is committed to his community; he is a member of the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC) and regularly represents people in need through the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the West Seventh Community center.

Dave is also a presenter on legal topics including:

  • December 15, 2017, Presenter/Panelist for Continuing Legal Education session of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, on current issues under the Minnesota Trust Code: “Trip, trap, trip, trap” went the Trust Code. “Who’s that tripping over my code?” roared the Judge.
  • April 19, 2016, Presenter for Continuing Legal Education session of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section: Denial of discharge and exceptions to dischargeability: a discussion of selected issues and recent developments.