James A Burns Jr

James A Burns Jr

Reed Smith LLP
  • Employment Law
  • Illinois
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Biography

For more than 35 years, Jim Burns has effectively represented employers before juries, judges, administrative agencies, arbitrators, and mediators throughout the United States, defending claims of age, race, sex, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, denial of overtime pay and employee benefits, unfair labor practices, and violations of collective bargaining agreements. He has also brought and defended suits to enforce non-competes and other restrictive covenants. Jim also regularly advises employers on how to manage legal risks in hiring, supervising, evaluating, investigating, and terminating employees, implementing reductions in force, creating and applying personnel policies, and dealing with labor unions, and helps clients protect key interests through effective employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and separation agreements.

Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Additional Practice Area
  • Labor and Employment
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
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U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Experience
Partner
Reed Smith LLP
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Partner
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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Partner
Ross & Hardies
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Associate
Ross & Hardies
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Associate
Seyfarth Shaw
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Education
University of Michigan Law School
J.D (1980)
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Honors: Graduated cum laude.
Activities: University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A (1977) | Psychology
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Honors: Graduated with high distinction. Member, Mortar Board Honor Society. James B. Angell Scholar.
Activities: President, University Cellar, Inc. (student-owned bookstore with over $3.5 million in sales). Vice President, University of Michigan College Young Democrats. Michigan Daily (student newspaper).
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Awards
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
llinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Illinois Super Lawyer in "Employment and Labor"
Law and Politics / Chicago Magazine
Professional Associations
Current
Activities: Member, American Employment Law Council
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Current
Activities: Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Technology Committee and Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
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Current
Activities: Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the areas of "Employment and Labor" and "Employment Litigation Defense" in 2007 and 2008
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Current
Activities: Selected as a Leading Lawyer of Illinois in the area of "Employment Law: Management"
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American Bar Association
Charter Member, Technology Commitee, Section of Labor and Employment Law
- Current
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American Employment Law Council
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law
- Current
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Contact & Map
10 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Telephone: (312) 207-3890
Fax: (312) 207-6400