Jeffrey A. Burns (Kansas City, Missouri)
Jeffrey A. Burns (Kansas City, Missouri)

Jeffrey A. Burns

AV Preeminent

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Licensed for 36 years

Serving Kansas City, MO (view address)

Jeffrey A. Burns

Free initial consultation

Serving Kansas City, MO (view address)

About Jeffrey A. Burns

Jeff Burns succeeds at truck crash litigation because he knows the industry inside and out. A leading expert on federal motor carrier regulations, Burns makes it a point to stay at the forefront of developments in the trucking industry. Since joining Dollar, Burns & Becker in 2005, he has worked to inspire a cultural shift in how trucking companies regulate driver fatigue. Burns serves as a member of multiple federal committees on transportation safety and also works with grassroots organizations such as Parents Against Tired Truckers. Jeff became involved in truck safety “literally, by accident.” “Many years ago,” Burns recalls, “in my first truck crash case I represented a client who had lost his… Read more
Jeff Burns succeeds at truck crash litigation because he knows the industry inside and out. A leading expert on federal motor carrier regulations, Burns makes it a point to stay at the forefront of developments in the trucking industry. Since joining Dollar, Burns & Becker in 2005, he has worked to inspire a cultural shift in how trucking companies regulate driver fatigue. Burns serves as a member of multiple federal committees on transportation safety and also works with grassroots organizations such as Parents Against Tired Truckers. Jeff became involved in truck safety “literally, by accident.” “Many years ago,” Burns recalls, “in my first truck crash case I represented a client who had lost his wife and two daughters, ages 6 and 9, in a crash caused by a fatigued truck driver. I had a daughter about the age of the younger girl at the time,” he notes, “and the more I learned about the trucking industry by working on that case, the more I was afraid of putting my family on the highway. I was shocked to learn that 1 in every 5 truck drivers admits to have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days.”“That first case was a life-changing event for me,” states Burns. “Standing in the weeds next to the highway at the scene of the crash, I promised the girls’ father their deaths would not be in vain; that I would make sure that their loss would make a difference.” He spent much of the next twenty years in Washington, D.C. working on the issues, trying to improve safety rules, and advocating for more enforcement and more public awareness of the problem in fulfillment of that promise. “No one had heard of truck driver fatigue back then and the issue still doesn’t have the public awareness it needs,” he notes.

Awards and Honors

- Missouri Lawyers' Weekly - Unsung Hero Award

- Parents Against Tired Truckers - Lifesaver Award

- Truck Safety Coalition - Distinguished Service Award

- Super Lawyers - 2005-2018

- Best Lawyers in America - 2005 and 2017

- American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Attorneys - 2008-2016

- National Registry of Who's Who - Lifetime Member

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Position

Founding Partner

Admission Details

Admitted in 1983, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
1983, Missouri

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Law School Attended
Leicester University Faculty of Law, England

University of Missouri-Columbia

Class of 1983
J.D.
with Honors

University Attended

Truman State University
Class of 1978
B.S.E.
summa cum laude

Universidad Complutense De Madrid
Class of 1979
Estudios Hispanicos

Northeast Missouri State University
Class of 1978
Industrial Education

Birth Information

Born in 1956
St. Louis, MO, 1956

Associations & Memberships
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association | The Missouri Bar | Truck Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice
Member, Former Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary | Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys | Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Member and Board of Directors | Parents Against Tired Truckers | Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Former Director | Transportation Research Board, Current Member and Former Friend of the Board | National Freight Advisory Committee | Alliance for Safe Highways, Former Director | Center for Truck Safety, Former Director | National Registry of Who's Who | American Bar Association | American Association for Justice
Languages
Spanish


Attorney FAQs

What year was this attorney first admitted to the bar?
Jeffrey A. Burns was admitted in 1983 to the state of Missouri.
What is this attorney's primary practice area?
The practice area Jeffrey A. Burns spends the most time on is Truck Accidents.
Is this attorney admitted to practice in any U.S. Federal Courts?
Jeffrey A. Burns is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eigth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Does this attorney maintain a professional presence on any social networks?
Yes, Jeffrey A. Burns has a professional profile on LinkedIn.
Is this attorney Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rated?
Yes, Jeffrey A. Burns has a 4.9 Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

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