Practice Areas and Certification:

Annette Burns has practiced law in Arizona since 1984. She specializes in the practice of family law, and focuses on acting as mediator, arbitrator, Family Law Master and Parenting Coordinator in family law cases. Her background and experience includes 30+ years of client representation in divorces, property valuations and divisions, and actions involving spousal maintenance, child custody and parenting time, paternity, and child support.   She is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In 1994 she was certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar and continues to be so certified.

Annette is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a national organization composed of the nation’s top attorneys who are experts in the field of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation, support and the rights of unmarried cohabitors.

Annette has been named a SuperLawyer each year from 2007-2016, including inclusion as Top 25 Women Arizona Superlawyers in 2013 and 2014.  She was named to AZ Business magazine’s Top 100 Arizona Lawyers in 2015.    The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the SuperLawyers selection methodology can be found here.

Memberships & Associations:

Annette is currently a board member and President-Elect of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international organization devoted to the interests of children and family issues. She served as President of the Arizona Chapter of AFCC in 2002-03 and was a board member of the Arizona chapter of AFCC until 2011.  She will become President of the AFCC international organization effective July 1, 2017.

Annette served as a Judge pro tem in Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona from 1992-2003.   Commencing in 2003, she served on the Arizona Supreme Court committee that was writing the original Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Procedure for Domestic Relations Cases). That Committee, formed in July, 2003, created the original Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure.  She served on that original Rules committee from 2002-2005, and the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure took effect on January 1, 2006.  She continued to serve on the Supreme Court’s Rules Review committee, and now serves on the State Bar’s Family Practice and Procedure Committee. She was a member of the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section Executive Council from 1994-2005, and was Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar in 1999-2000.  She is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Family Law Advisory Commission which reviews and oversees the certification of specialists in Family Law.

Ms. Burns lectures frequently for the State Bar of Arizona, AFCC, AAML, and other organizations on various issues in family law.  She is a co-author of the Arizona Family Law Rules Handbook which is updated annually.  Here’s Annette’s 2011 article  “Your Online Presence“, written for the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section newsletter.



UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, Champaign-Urbana, B.A., 1981