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J. Franklin Burns

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Practice Areas:

  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Personal Injury
Rated By Super Lawyers | J. Franklin Burns | 10 Years
Rated By Super Lawyers | Top 100 | Georgia | SuperLawyers.com


Frank Burns, Esq. is the founder of J. Franklin Burns, P.C. and a native of Gainesville, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1982. He earned his J. D. at Mercer University School of Law in 1987. He began his legal career at Gorby & Reeves, an insurance defense law firm where he represented employers and insurance companies in Workers' Compensation matters across the State of Georgia.

In 2002, he opened his law practice, J. Franklin Burns, P.C., devoting his practice exclusively to the representation of injured workers and personal injury victims. His experience in representing "the other side" has proven to be invaluable with respect the representation of injured workers. He has been litigating (trying cases) for over twenty-three years. In 2003, he was appointed by the chairman of the State Board of Workers' Compensation to serve on the Advisory Council. From 2003 until 2010 he served as a member of the Rules and Mediation Committee. In 2010, Mr. Burns was appointed by the Chairman to join the Legislative Committee of the Advisory Council. The Legislative Committee represents all stakeholders in the workers' compensation system, and is charged with crafting workers' compensation laws for the State of Georgia.

In 2010, Mr. Burns was nominated and selected as a member to the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2011, Mr. Burns made the Super Lawyers Top 100 list, which is a list of lawyers who receive the highest point totals in terms of nominations, research, and a blue ribbon review process conducted by Super Lawyers. He was the only workers' compensation lawyer in Georgia recognized as a Top 100 Lawyer for 2011 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2009. Mr. Burns has published numerous articles on the process of workers' compensation and is a frequent speaker at workers' compensation conferences and seminars.


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1987
  • University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Georgia, 1987
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1988


  • Super Lawyer
  • Top 100 Lawyer

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, "Workplace Injuries: Understanding the Workers' Compensation System", ICLE in Georgia, 2011
  • Speaker, "Subrogation In The Workers' Compensation System", Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Speaker, "How To Fix The Workers' Compensation System", Atlanta Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section, 2009
  • Statutory and Case Law Update in Workers’ Compensation, General Practice Trial Section Institute, Amelia Island, Florida, ICLE, 03/14/2008
  • Ethics Issues in Workers’ Compensation, Seminar, The Atlanta Claims Association, 2008
  • Workers’ Compensation in Educational Committees, Advanced Workers’ Compensation, Atlanta Bar Association, 02/22/2008
  • Ethics and Medical Evidence, Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, 02/26/2008
  • Assessed Attorney’s Fees and Penalties, Employer Pit Falls and Protectors, Sterling Educator Services, Inc.
  • State Board of Workers’ Compensation Annual Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, 08/29/2007
  • Ethically Developing Medical Evidence-When Do You Cross the Line? "Workers' Compensation Law in Georgia", Henry County Bar Association. Jekyll Island, Georgia - September, 2005
  • Five Most Common Injuries in Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, Lorman Education Services, Atlanta, GA - March, 2005
  • "Workers' Compensation Essentials: Ten Most Repeated Mistakes", Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Atlanta, Georgia, 09/09/2004
  • "Workers' Compensation Hearings in Georgia: Techniques and Strategies", National Business Institute. Atlanta, Georgia, 12/17/2003
  • "Workers' Compensation for the General Practitioner", ICLE . Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  • "Advanced Workers' Compensation in Georgia", National Business Institute. Atlanta, Georgia, 1997
  • "Five Most Common Injuries in Workers' Compensation in Georgia", Lorman Education Services. Atlanta, Georgia - October, 2003

Past Positions

  • Gorby & Reeves

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1987
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1987
  • Georgia Trial Association, Member, 2002
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member, 2002
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Appointed Co-Chair of Legislative Committee serving the Georgia Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Appointed by the President of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association to serve on Executive Committee of GTLA, 2011
  • Legislative Committee of the Advisory Counsel, Appointed by the Chairman of the State Board of Workers' Compensation to serve on the Legislative Committee of the Advisory Counsel, 2010
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Appointed by the Chairman of the Board to serve on the Political Action Committee, 2009
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2010
  • Rules and Mediation Committee, Member, 2003 to 2010

Current Employment Position

  • Founder, 2002