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.
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. 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.