Robert J. Burns, Sr.

Judge Bob Burns served as a District Court Judge for 18 years in Jefferson Parish. Since his retirement from the judiciary in 1997, Judge Burns has conducted mediations and arbitrations with a focus on achieving fair and equitable outcomes for all parties involved. He is an experienced mediator and arbitrator in complex civil cases having joined Perry Dampf in 2008.



Judge Burns has an impressive background, including serving on the Board of Governors for the Louisiana Judicial College, which demonstrates his commitment to legal education and professional development.

As the former Chief Judge of the 24th Judicial District Court for Jefferson Parish, Judge Burns brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his work as a mediator and arbitrator. On three separate occasions, he was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as pro tempore Judge in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal. Additionally, he has written opinions as an appellate judge by special appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court, highlighting his extensive legal expertise.

In 2011, Jack M. Weiss, then the Chancellor of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, appointed Judge Burns as a distinguished member of the legal community from Louisiana to serve as an impartial Appeals Judge for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Judge Burns was also appointed by the Louisiana Chief Justice to serve two terms as a member of the Louisiana Public Defender Board, further demonstrating his commitment to promoting justice and protecting the rights of all individuals.

Finally, in addition to his volunteer service with the Louisiana Public Defender Board, Judge Burns is a past chairman of the Board of Directors at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, demonstrating his commitment to education and community involvement. He is also a past Kiwanis Club President.

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