Kevin L. Burns

2016202_1Kevin L. Burns 
Phoenix, Arizona

phone 602-264-5555
fax 602-254-8999


Kevin L. Burns attended law school after receiving his B.S. from the University of Arizona and working in the business community. In 1984 Mr. Burns obtained his J.D. degree from the University of Arizona School of Law. Mr. Burns’ legal career began at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona. During his time working at that office Mr. Burns learned and developed his trial skills. Since then, Mr. Burns has continued to refine these skills during his tenure working in the legal community with law firms and governmental agencies.

In 1999 Mr. Burns became a founding member of the law firm Burns, Nickerson and Taylor, PLC. Since then Mr. Burns has further developed and expanded his litigation practice.

His present areas of expertise include all forms of criminal defense along with personal injury, civil rights violations and legal and medical malpractice.

Mr. Burns is a present or past member of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Burns is licensed to practice in Arizona State and Federal Courts, along with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is familiar with courts from all Arizona jurisdictions including Municipal, Justice and Superior Courts.

Mr. Burns has resided in Arizona since 1978. He is married with two children both of whom reside in Arizona. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys biking, hiking, camping and golf.


  • Tried in excess of 50 felony jury trials and many more misdemeanor and bench trials.
  • Lead attorney on capital cases from inception through sentencing phase. Extensive pretrial motion practice including evidentiary hearings and special actions.
  • Post-conviction practice including motions for new trials and appeals.
  • Versed in using Experts including DNA Frye hearing, Competency/Sanity issues and Criminalists.
  • Strong emphasis on case preparation, including witness interviews/depositions and investigative development.
  • Team leadership position since 1997 over a group of attorneys to facilitate the operation of a Superior Court Division and several Justice Courts.

Areas of Practice:

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury
  • 20% Civil/Administrative Law
  • 10% Family Law

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D.
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1980
    • B.S.
    • Major:  Economics
    • Major:  Mathematics

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1999 – 2008 – Member
  • Arizona Federal Bar Association, 2003 – 2005 – Member
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • American Association for Justice – Member

Past Employment Positions:

  • Maricopa County Public Defender, Phoenix, AZ, 1985 – 1987
  • Diogardi Poli and Ball, PLC, Phoenix, AZ, Attorney, 1987 – 1988
  • Maricopa County Public Defender, Phoenix, AZ, Attorney, 1988 – 1999