John W. Burns


  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    John W. Burns is a partner in the Pittsburgh and Weirton, West Virginia offices of GRSM and is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Health Care practice groups.  His practice has a particular emphasis in complex commercial litigation and also concentrates on general liability litigation, construction law and corporate and business services.  His extensive litigation and court experience and service as a clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania provides him with valuable perspective in providing legal services to small and mid-size businesses in a variety of areas.

    John has tried cases to verdict before juries, tried multiple non-jury cases and represented a variety of clients in dozens of arbitrations and proceedings in the minor judiciary.


    • Pennsylvania
    • West Virginia
    • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
    • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia


    • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • The West Virginia State Bar
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Representative Matters:

    • Assisted multiple small and mid-size businesses in areas such as entity selection and creation, compliance, non-profit establishment, and business succession planning along with transactional matters
    • Extensive litigation experience having tried cases to verdict in the areas of general liability, automobile liability, and commercial transactions
    • Litigated and tried dozens of arbitrations and multiple matters on the level of the minor judiciary
  • Education


    J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1999

    B.A., West Liberty State College, 1991