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J. Franklin Burns

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Phone: (404) 303-7770
Fax: (404) 255-0183

6100 Lake Forrest Dr NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

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.


J.D., Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia, 1987

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

Bar Admissions State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court of Northern District of Georgia
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of Georgia
Member Since: 1987

American Bar Association
Member Since: 1987

Georgia Trial Association
Member Since: 2002

Atlanta Bar Association
Member Since: 2002

Gorby, Reeves, Peters & Burns

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

Publications / Classes/Seminars Taught

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, March 14, 2008.

Ethics Issues in Workers’ Compensation, The Atlanta Claims Association 2008 Seminar

Workers’ Compensation in Educational Committees, Advanced Workers’ Compensation, Atlanta Bar Association, February 22, 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, August 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, October 2003 & March 2005

Workers’ Compensation Essentials: Ten Most Repeated Mistakes Made by Claimants’ Lawyers at the Trial of a Case, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Atlanta, Georgia. September 9, 2004

Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Georgia: Techniques and Strategies, National Business Institute. Atlanta, Georgia. December 17, 2003

Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, National Business Institute. Atlanta, Georgia. 1997

Workers’ Compensation for the General Practitioner, ICLE. Atlanta, Georgia 1999.

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