All lawyers have a profound obligation to provide legal services to the poor. Indeed, pro bono engagements are both professionally and personally rewarding.
Before founding the Firm, Mr. Burns assiduously fulfilled this obligation by dedicating on average well over 200 hours per year to representing underprivileged clients. Among others, Mr. Burns has represented a natural birth mother against the fatherís retaliatory child custody suit, a Muslim prisoner who was denied a halal diet even though Jewish prisoners were served a kosher diet, underprivileged tenants who were defrauded by a notorious slumlord, and a prisoner who was retaliated against for exercising his First Amendment rights. In recognition for undertaking these representations, Mr. Burns was awarded Sidley Austin LLPís Vincent Prada Pro Bono Award and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPís Frank Wheat Memorial Award.