Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Burns was the president of the Los Angeles/Ventura Division of the Baldwin Company, then one of the ten largest homebuilders in California. As the general manager of one of the three operating divisions of this Southern California real estate development company, Mr. Burns was responsible for the acquisition, planning, entitlement, and development of five master-planned communities comprising approximately 6,500 residential units, together with ancillary commercial uses. Before joining the Baldwin Company in 1988, Mr. Burns also developed several commercial projects in California and Idaho.
Since 1983, when he got involved in his first real estate development, Mr. Burns has participated in virtually every aspect of the real estate development business, including the formation of real estate development entities, the financing of real estate entities and projects through the placement of public, private, and quasi-governmental securities, and the litigation of real estate related matters. Mr. Burns has also represented banks and other commercial lenders in numerous traditional financing transactions.
Mr. Burns began practicing law in Houston, Texas, with Fulbright & Jaworski, an international law firm. Prior to attending law school, he practiced as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in its Salt Lake City office. Mr. Burns is a member of the state bar associations in both Idaho and Texas and a member of the Idaho State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Burns received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and a B.B.A. (Accounting) from Boise State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1975