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J. Franklin Burns, PC

6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 570, Atlanta, GA 30328-3836

Visit: http://www.jfblaw.com

Phone: 404-303-7770

Fax: 404-255-0183

Licensed Since: 1987

Education:Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

Practice Areas:

  • Workers’ Compensation: Claimant (90%)
  • Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff (10%)

Q Attorney Profile

Attorney J. Franklin Burns is the founder and owner of J. Franklin Burns, P.C., located in Atlanta, Georgia. A top-rated, highly accomplished trial attorney, Mr. Burns focuses his practice on workers\' compensation, personal injury law and employment discrimination. He represents the rights and interests of clients throughout the greater Atlanta metro region and surrounding areas who seek help righting a wrong they suffered as the result of someone\'s negligence, carelessness or unlawful actions.

A Gainesville, Georgia, native, Mr. Burns graduated from The University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1982. He then attended Mercer University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1987. The State Bar of Georgia admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Burns worked as an insurance defense attorney, so he has invaluable insight into the industry and the tactics insurance providers and defendants use to deny culpability and deny claims. Armed with this experience, Mr. Burns is able to devise the most effective strategies possible to help his clients recover the full amount of compensation and benefits they deserve. Furthermore, he has secured numerous substantial awards and settlements on behalf of his plaintiff clients.

Regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Burns accepted an appointment in 2003 to serve on the State Board of Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. He also served on the organization\'s Rules and Mediation Committee for 10 years before accepting an appointment to serve on the Advisory Council\'s Legislative Committee in 2010. That same year, Mr. Burns also accepted a nomination to serve as member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.

Additionally, Mr. Burns has served on the Legislative, Executive and Political Action Committees of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Association and the Atlanta Bar Association, and he has published numerous articles and conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

Q More info

About Franklin Burns

Admitted: 1987, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.jfblaw.com/j-franklin-burns.html


  • Super Lawyers Top 100 list, 2011
  • Super Lawyer, 2009
  • Nominated and selected as a member to the Southern Trial Lawyers Association in 2010, Member, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Atlanta Bar Association, 2002
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Appointed by the Chairman of the Board to serve on the Political Action Committee 2009 
  • Appointed  Co-Chair of Legislative Committee serving the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association., 2011
  • Appointed by Chairman of the State Board of Worker's Compensation to serve on Legislative Committee of the Advisory Council., 2010
  • Georgia Trial Association, 2002
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Appointed by President of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association to serve on Executive Committee of GTLA., 2011
  • American Bar Association, 1987
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Appointed by Chairman of Board to serve on Political Action Committee member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association., 2009
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1987

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Statutory and Case Law Update in Workers' Compensation; General Practice Trial Section Institute; Amelia Island, Florida, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2008
  • Ethics Issues in Workers' Compensation, The Atlanta Claims Association 2008 Seminar; Atlanta, Georgia, 2008
  • Workers' Compensation in Educational Committees
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation, Atlanta Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section; Atlanta, Georgia, 2008
  • Ethics and Medical Evidence, Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia, February 26, 2008
  • Assessed Attorney's Fees and Penalties, Employer Pit Falls and Protectors, Sterling Educator Services, Inc.
  • State Board of Workers' Compensation Annual Seminar; Atlanta, Georgia, 2007
  • Ethically Developing Medical Evidence - When Do You Cross The Line?
  • "Workers' Compensation Law in Georgia"
  • Henry County Bar Association; Jekyll Island, Georgia, 2005
  • "Five Most Common Injuries in Workers' Compensation in Georgia"
  • Five Most Common Injuries in Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, Lorman Education Services, Atlanta, GA, October, 2005
  • Five Most Common Injuries in Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, Lorman Education Services, Atlanta, GA, October, 2003
  • "Workers' Compensation Essentials: Ten Most Repeated Mistakes Made by Claimants' Lawyers at the Trial of a Case"
  • Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Georgia: Techniques and Strategies, National Business Institute. Atlanta, Georgia. December 17, 2003
  • National Business Institute; Atlanta, Georgia, 2003
  • Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, National Business Institute. Atlanta, Georgia, 1997
  • Workers’ Compensation for the General Practitioner, ICLE. Atlanta, Georgia 1999
  • ICLE; Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  •  A Panel discussion on how the System could be made better., Speaker, How to Fix the Worker's Compensation System, Atlanta Bar Association, Worker's Compensation Section, 2009
  • Speaker, Subrogation in the Worker's Compensation System, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Speaker, Workplace Injuries: Understanding the Worker's Compensation System, ICLE in Georgia, 2011

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1982

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