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Bradley A. Burns

Member and Deputy CEO – Associate Management
Member and Deputy CEO – Associate Management in Dickinson Wright's Phoenix office, Bradley A. Burns focuses his practice on Commercial and Business Litigation. Mr. Burns has represented municipal corporations, product manufacturers and special-purpose governmental units in litigation claims, business and municipal matters, negotiation of contracts and general corporate and employment matters. He is admitted to practice before the Arizona Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Education & Credentials


University of Arizona

B.A., Political Science, 2009
  • Dean's List
  • Student Body Senator

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

J.D., 2013
  • Pedrick Scholar
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Arizona State Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • Executive Moot Court Board, Chair for Recruiting
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in Academics
    • Legal Method and Writing (2010)
    • Torts (2010)
    • Constitutional Law (2011)
    • Election Law (2013)
  • Jenckes Closing Argument Competition, Champion, 2010
  • Spritzer Appellate Advocacy Competition, Champion, 2013
  • Oplinger Closing Argument Competition, 2nd Place, 2011 and 2013

Bar Admission

  • Arizona


  • Benchmark Litigation
    • "40 and Under Hot List," 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    •   "Ones to Watch," Commercial Litigation, 2022-2024
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®
    • "Rising Star," Business Litigation, 2018-2024

Prominent Assignments

Assisted in the representation of a municipal corporation in connection with the negotiation and documentation of a stadium lease and management agreement.

Assisted in the successful defense of a special taxing district in connection with multiple litigation matters, including disputes regarding the extent of constitutional powers and defense of damages claims for over $3 billion.

Led the representation of a consumer product manufacturer in general corporate and employment matters.

Assisted in the successful defense of an open meeting law challenge to certain acts of a special taxing district. The client obtained a favorable decision on the merits.

Assisted in advising multiple Arizona municipal corporations regarding the conduct of their business and municipal affairs.

Representative Cases

Coombs v. Maricopa County Special Health Care District, 241 Ariz. 320, 387 P.3d 743 (App. 2016)

Learning Annex Holdings, LLC v. Cashflow Technologies, Inc., 652 Fed. Appx. 67, 68 (2d Cir. 2016)

Arizona Pub. Integrity Alliance, Inc. v. Maricopa County Special Health Care District, 1 CA-CV 14-0604, 2015 WL 5882823,  (App. Oct. 8, 2015), review denied (May 19, 2016)

Romero v. Steinke, 1 CA-CV 15-0862, 2017 WL 2189500 (Ariz. App.  May 18, 2017)

Yellow Jacket Drilling Services, LLC v. City of Sedona, 1 CA-CV 15-0487, 2017 WL 1740287, at *1 (Ariz. App. May 4, 2017)

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Bar and court admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona, 2013
  • Arizona Supreme Court, 2013
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2013
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2015


  • Presenter, “Best Practices for Written Documentation,” Legal Issues in Design and Construction Conference hosted by Arizona State University and the Alliance for Construction Excellence,April 2017 
  • Presenter, “How to Lose Your Notice of Claim Defense,” Serving the Public Lawyer Seminar, February 2017
  • Co-author, "Presenting the Income Approach to Value -- Direct Capitalization Methodology," Arizona Condemnation Summit XV (October 10, 2014)
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