About Burns & Levinson LLP

Founded in 1960 by Thomas Burns and Larry Levinson, this Boston-based firm's strengths include business law and litigation, intellectual property, real estate, private client and a variety of specialty legal services. Over the past 50 years, they have expanded from four attorneys in one Boston office to 125 attorneys serving six offices in the U.S. and a Canadian subsidiary.

Steady Growth

Since 1960, the firm has launched new departments and strengthened old ones, expanding to a firm that is mid-sized, but full-service and far-reaching. Some highlights from their expansion include adding a dozen attorneys from New England-based Peabody & Arnold in 2002 and drastically expanding their intellectual property group with the acquisition of 35 attorneys from science and technology-focused Perkins Smith & Cohen in 2006.

In response to Massachusetts' embrace of same-sex marriage, the firm created family advisory and gay and lesbian client services groups including attorneys published on the legal subtleties of same-sex marriage law. Other niche practices include automotive law, entertainment and media, food and drug law, P3's, data security and a sports practice.

The firm also formed two subsidiaries: Burns & Levinson Canada Co. assists Canadian and U.S. companies with doing business across borders while Burns & Levinson Asset Management provides investment advisory and portfolio management services.

A Diverse Firm with Diverse Clients

Burns & Levinson prides itself on its ability to provide partner-level attention as both legal counsel and as business advisers since partners outnumber associates nearly 3:1. Of those associates, 56 percent are women.

The firm's model attracts well known clients, such as Big Y Foods, Harvard Bioscience, Raytheon, Reebok and Segway. Additionally, Burns & Levinson represents dynamic, growth-oriented businesses, publicly held companies, family owned businesses, universities, institutions and individuals in various industries including manufacturing, high-technology and life sciences, as well emerging companies and entrepreneurs. In addition, the firm's Private Client Group represents individuals when personal matters and relationships require sensitive and strategic legal counsel.

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Burns & Levinson LLP

125 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 345-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: David P. Rosenblatt
  • Hiring Partner: Mark W. Manning
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 131

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Firm does not offer a summer associate program

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Anti-Counterfeiting • Architecture & Engineering • Automotive • Asset Management • Business Aviation • Business Litigation • Business Media • Canada Practice • China Practice • Condominium Law • Copyright • Corporate • Design & Construction • Divorce & Family • E-Commerce • Employment Solutions • Energy/Cleantech • Entertainment & Media • Environmental • ERISA Litigation • Europe Practice • Export Controls • Family Services • Family-Owned Business • Finance • Financial  Restructuring & Distressed Transactions • Food & Drug Law • Franchise • Gay & Lesbian Client Services • Government Contracts • Government Investigations & White Collar Crime • Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships • Innovation  Program • Intellectual Property • Intellectual Property Litigation • International Practice • Israel Practice • Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits • Licensing • Life Sciences • Medical Marijuana Business Law • Patent • Privacy & Data Security • Private Client • Probate & Trust Litigation • Real Estate • Schools & Colleges • Science & Technology • Securities Law • Securities Litigation • Sports Practice • Start-ups & Emerging Growth Companies • Tax • Tax Controversy • Trade Secrets • Trademark • Trusts & Estates • Venture Capital & Private Equity

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA (HQ) • Andover, MA • Hingham, MA • New York, NY • Providence, RI • Waltham, MA • Montreal (subsidiary office)