Tim Burns - The Burns Law Firm

Tim Burns
The Burns Law Firm
104 South Center Street, Suiite 315
Ebensburg, PA 15931


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Tim Burns
The Burns Law Firm

Attorney Profile


Attorney Tim Burns has been operating his regional general law practice in historic Ebensburg, Cambria County for nearly a decade. His office, located an hour and a half east of Pittsburgh, is conveniently located just steps from the Cambria County Courthouse. A Johnstown native, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Secondary Education from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, and his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Juris, the school’s award winning legal newsmagazine.

Prior to opening his law office, Attorney Burns was an Associate in the prominent Johnstown law firm of Spence, Custer, Saylor, Wolfe & Rose. He then served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Cambria County Judges Thomas A. Swope, Jr., and James R. DiFrancesco where he helped author hundreds of decisions and orders.

Since opening his own law office, Attorney Burns has received a number of honors, including being recognized as an “Up and Comer 35 and Under” by Johnstown Magazine, “Success by 35” by Johnstown Business Weekly, named to“The Top 100” business leaders in 2008 by Central Pennsylvania Business Weekly, and as a “Rising Legal Star Under 40” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine from 2005 to 2009. In 2005, he was a recipient of the Cambria County Bar Association’s President’s Award for Community Service, and from 2006 through 2010 and 2012 to 2013, he was nominated by the readers of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat newspaper as “Simply the Best Attorney”. In 2011, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Burns has been active in a number of legal organizations including serving four years on the Board of Managers of the Cambria County Bar Association, and a three year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Board of Governors where he served as Chair of the state’s Young Lawyers Division. He also holds memberships in the Blair County Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Township Solicitors, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL). For several years, he organized the Cambria County High School Mock Trial Competition, and has spoken at several law schools regarding the practice of law.

Locally, Attorney Burns represents and supports a number of non-profit organizations including the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance, the Challenge Program and the Greater Johnstown Sportsmen’s Association. He also provides pro-bono legal services to a number of area churches of all faiths, and serves on the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the Board of the Greater Johnstown Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Lastly, he is a member of the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies where he formerly served on the Board.

Areas of Practice

1. Family Law. Attorney Burns devotes a significant portion of his practice to family law, including divorce, custody and support cases, representing both parents and grandparents. In addition, he also handles Protection From Abuse (PFA) issues, adoptions, as well as change of names.

2. Criminal Law. Attorney Burns handles all levels of criminal matters, from speeding tickets and DUIs to more serious matters including misdemeanors and felonies. He receives a number of criminal court appointments from the Judges in Cambria County each year, as well as having served as a Criminal Conflicts Attorney for the Blair County Court of Common Pleas where he focused on post-conviction matters. He is one of only a handful of attorneys in the region to be certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to defend death penalty cases on appeal.

3. Personal Injury. Attorney Burns can represent you in all types of personal injury cases, including slip and fall and auto accidents. He will be glad to meet with you in the hospital or your residence to discuss your case. He has successfully battled large insurance firms in these serious matters.

4. Municipal Law. Besides serving as a municipal solicitor representing both townships and boroughs where he has authored numerous ordinances, Attorney Burns has also successfully represented a number of individuals in various disputes with local government. His most significant case was the successful suit against the City of Johnstown to block demolition of the historic Roxbury Park Bandshell in 2005.

Election Law, Appellate (Appeals), Children and Youth (CYS) cases representing both parents and children, general civil matters, magistrate matters, Wills and Powers of Attorney, Contracts, gun licensing issues, Liquor Control Board citations, PennDot licensing issues, and historic preservation cases.