Mary Patricia Burns


Email: mburns@bbp-chicago.com

Practice Areas

Ms. Burns' practice concentrates in governmental affairs, complex financial and real estate transactions, as well as complex civil litigation. Ms. Burns provides general counsel legal services, fiduciary counseling and investment-related counseling to various State of Illinois, County of Cook and City of Chicago multi-billion dollar pension funds and their trustees. Ms. Burns has also rendered legal counseling and legal opinions in sophisticated financial transactions, municipal bond transactions and conduit financings in amounts in excess of a hundred billion dollars, variously as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel, issuer's counsel and borrower's counsel. Ms. Burns also conducts civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. Subject matters and issues litigated by Ms. Burns include, without limitation, civil RICO claims, civil rights claims, employment and labor disputes, fiduciary duty disputes, directors and officers liabilities, lender liability claims, real estate disputes, accountancy liabilities and anti-trust claims.


Loyola University of Chicago (J.D. 1981). University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1978).

Legal Experience

Ms. Burns is the President and Founding Partner of Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. Prior to forming Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., Ms. Burns was a partner in the firm of Burke & Smith Chartered and prior to that clerked for the Honorable James C. Murray, Chief Judge of the Chancery Court in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Ms. Burns concentrates her practice in the types of sophisticated financial transactions, pension matters and complex civil litigations as described in the "Practice Areas" Section.

Government Service

Judge, Illinois Court of Claims (2009-present).


The State Bar of Illinois; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar); United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (Trial Bar); United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professional Memberships

The Chicago Bar Association; The Seventh Circuit Bar Association; and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.