Robert J. "Bubby" Burns, Jr. was graduated from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law in 1991. He entered private practice immediately and has been almost exclusively involved in litigation matters since that time, serving as lead counsel in trials in 17 different Louisiana parishes.
In 2015, Mr. Burns was sworn in as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association after serving on its Board of Directors since 2005. He has also served as an elected member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates from 2004-2006. In 2002, he was nominated by the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association to the first class of "Leadership LSBA."
Mr. Burns is a partner with the law firm of Perry, Balhoff, Mengis, & Burns. He is also a mediator, having established a mediation practice in 2000. He is a partner and managing member of Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions, a mediation firm founded in that same year. Mr. Burns has conducted more than 1,550 mediations and in 2009 completed the Harvard Negotiation Institute Program on Mediation.
Mr. Burns has four sons and is married to Melissa Reeves Burns of New Roads, Louisiana.
Memberships, Honors, and Professional Associations
Secretary/Treasurer of Louisiana State Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2012-2013; Section Council Member, 2010-present • American College of Civil Trial Mediators®, Fellow since 2010 • Baton Rouge Bar Association, President 2015; President-Elect 2014; Treasurer 2013; Board of Directors, Elected 2005 - 2012 • Harvard Negotiation Institute Program on Mediation, Sep. 2009 • Elected to the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, 2004-2006 • American Bar Association • Member, 2003 Class, Leadership LSBA • Court-appointed Arbitrator, 1998-present • Past-President, River City Kiwanis Club, 1997 • Brothers of the Sacred Heart of New Orleans Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 1996-2000 • Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Council Member, 1996-1998 • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel member, 1991-present • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics • Past Speaker and 2003 Co-chair of LSBA Annual Seminar "Practicing Law -The Early Years"