About Burns & Levinson LLP

Founded in 1960, Boston-based Burns & Levinson's strengths include business, finance, real estate and bankruptcy. With seven offices in the U.S. and Canada and about 130 attorneys, the firm is mid-sized, but far-reaching.

Losing Lawyers, Overcoming Obstacles

In 1960, Thomas Burns, a trial attorney, and Larry Levinson, a lawyer specializing in finance and corporate law, founded a firm in Boston with fellow attorneys William Clancy and Robert Weinstein. Over the next few decades, the firm launched new departments and strengthened old ones, creating a full-service office.

The firm suffered a blow in 2001, when its insurance defense group branched off to form Donovan Hatem LLP, taking with them about 42 percent of the firm's revenue. Burns & Levinson weathered the storm by forming domestic and Canadian subsidiaries designed to capture real estate and venture capital business, luring clients with competitive pricing and aggressively recruiting new attorneys. The firm also added 12 attorneys from New England-based Peabody & Arnold in 2002 and acquired science and technology-focused Perkins Smith & Cohen in 2006.

Adapt to Survive

Today, the firm has offices in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and way up north in Montreal. The firm serves traditional businesses as well as emerging companies in fields like biotechnology and life sciences.

The firm has evolved with the times. In 2008, Burns & Levinson capitalized on the crumbling housing market by launching a subprime advisory team consisting of members of the firm's securities, finance, bankruptcy and ERISA practices. In response to Massachusetts' embrace of same-sex marriage, the firm's family advisory and gay and lesbian client services groups includes attorneys up to date and published on the legal subtleties of same-sex marriage law.

Corporate Law Food Wars

In the corporate sector, Burns & Levinson represents clients of all sizes, from public companies to family-owned businesses and private individuals. The corporate group specializes in securities law, finance, start-ups, venture capital and private equity. In perhaps its tastiest case, the firm represented a franchisee of Qdoba Mexican Grill after a lawsuit from Panera Bread put a wrench in the company's plans to open a new location in a Massachusetts shopping center. Panera claimed the shopping center had violated its agreement to refrain from leasing property to another business that primarily sold sandwiches. The firm enlisted a culinary historian and restaurateur to successfully prove that Qdoba's hallmark product, a burrito, is fundamentally different than a sandwich. And just as yummy.


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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 2014: 131

  • Employment Contact
    Mark Manning
    Hiring Partner
    Phone: (617) 345-3468
    Email: mmanning@burnslev.com

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Asset Management
    Business Litigation
    Canada Practice
    China Practice
    Condominium Law
    Design & Construction
    Divorce & Family
    Electronic Commerce
    Entertainment & Media
    ERISA Litigation
    Europe Practice
    Executive Advocacy
    Export Controls
    Family Advisory Services
    Family-Owned Business
    Financial Restructuring & Distressed Transactions
    Gay & Lesbian Client Services
    Government Contracts
    Government Investigations & White Collar Crime
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Practice
    Israel Practice
    Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits
    Life Sciences
    Nonprofit Law & Governance
    Private Client
    Probate & Trust Litigation
    Real Estate
    Schools & Colleges
    Science & Technology
    Securities Law
    Sports Practice
    Start-ups & Emerging Growth Companies
    Tax Controversy
    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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