2 out of 5 Stars
The people are generally hard-working and smart. Attorneys enjoy a great deal of independence in tailoring their practice and areas of specialty. Management takes steps to project a positive atmosphere.Downers
Several groups' practices are very outdated and partners aren't interested in keeping pace with current norms. Associates can be very isolated, both from partners and clients, and there is no focus on mentorship or professional development. There is no forum in which to discuss new ideas, to work collaboratively, or to reflect meaningfully on ways to improve the practice. HR and Management are aware that Associates feel unsupported, but have chosen to look the other way.Advice to Candidates
If you have developed your own solid practice and don't feel the need to learn from more senior attorneys around you from time to time, you may be very happy at Burns, but if you are anything less than a fairly senior associate or if you are someone hoping to switch practice areas, you will probably benefit from getting that training and mentorship elsewhere.