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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.   In 2017, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona awarded Annette a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in family law.

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 2007-2018, 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 Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors 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 international organization in 2017-18, and President of the Arizona Chapter of AFCC in 2002-03, and was a board member of the Arizona chapter of AFCC until 2011.

Annette previously served as a Judge pro tem in Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona.    Starting in 2003, she served on the Arizona Supreme Court committee that was writing the original Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure.   That Committee created the original Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure.   At present, she is a member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on Restyling the Family Law Rules, which is reviewing those rules throughout 2017 and 2018.

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 currently 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.  She has a particular interest in family law communications, including on-line and social media issues involving family law.   Here’s Annette’s 2011 article  “Your Online Presence“, written for the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section newsletter.

Education:

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, J.D. 1984

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