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. 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
Fax: 617-345-3299


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: David P. Rosenblatt
  • Hiring Partner: Mark Manning
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 125

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information

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

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Burns & Levinson Asset Management
    Burns & Levinson Canada Co.
    Burns & Levinson Employment Solutions
    Business Aviation
    Business Litigation
    Canada Practice
    China Practice
    Condominium Law
    Design & Construction
    Divorce & Family
    Electronic Commerce
    Entertainment & Media
    ERISA Litigation
    Europe Practice
    Export Controls
    Family Advisory Services
    Family-Owned Business
    Financial Restructuring & Distressed Transactions
    Food & Drug Law
    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
    Life Sciences
    Nonprofit Law & Governance
    Privacy and 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 Controversy & Litigation
    Trade Secrets
    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)
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