Burnett’s decades long commitment to both the needs of clients individually and the needs of our community as a whole lands Hall of Fame recognition.
Leesburg, VA, April 17, 2019
Virginia Lawyers Weekly bestows the honor in recognition of attorneys, age 60 and older, who have made a lasting mark on the legal field. Criteria for selection includes career accomplishments, contributions to the profession, contributions to the development of the law, and efforts to increase access to justice.
“I have enjoyed almost every day of my 42 years as a Virginia lawyer. It is an absolute honor to be recognized. What is even more gratifying is to be included in a class comprised of such distinguished lawyers,” said Burnett.
A longtime Loudoun County resident, Burnett maintained a general law practice in Leesburg for ten years beginning in the late 1970’s. In 1988, Burnett co-founded Burnett & Williams, P.C., now considered one of Virginia’s oldest and most experienced personal injury law firms. Burnett, for over four decades, has demonstrated exemplary devotion to his clients, the community, and a genuine belief that lawyers possess a moral and professional obligation to promote the common good.
Burnett has compiled a remarkable record of legal achievements. He has obtained many seven figure verdicts and settlements during his career. In 2012, for example, Burnett obtained what remains the highest wrongful death verdict ever returned by a Virginia jury. The verdict, in fact, eclipsed a record previously held by Burnett in the 1990’s for the highest wrongful death verdict ever returned in Loudoun County. Burnett’s talents, both inside and outside of the courtroom, have helped countless deserving clients and their families.
Burnett is an accomplished advocate, but, above all, he is as a champion of professional and community service. His efforts on behalf of state and local bar organizations have yielded enduring achievements. An active member of the Virginia State Bar for decades, Burnett was intimately involved in obtaining full conference status and funding for the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference. As President of the Loudoun County Bar Association from 1999 to 2000, Burnett created the Loudoun County Law Foundation – a foundation instrumental in funding the acclaimed Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Program, the Beat the Odds scholarship program for at-risk youth in Loudoun County, and other worthwhile Loudoun County programs.
In 2009, the Town of Leesburg recognized Burnett’s community leadership with its highest honor, the George C. Marshall Award to “celebrate an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the community above and beyond business contributions.” Burnett is the only two-time recipient of the award having also been recognized in 2003. Burnett has also been listed in Best Law Firms in America – US News and World Report, Best Lawyers in America, Top Personal Injury Lawyer – Northern Virginia Magazine, and Top 100 Virginia Trial lawyers.
[Burnett & Williams is one of the oldest and most experienced personal injury law firms in Virginia. Nestled in the heart of downtown Leesburg, this firm has built its reputation over the years on forging the highest level of advocacy for each and every client.]
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