Annette T Burns

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Annette T Burns has been a lawyer in Arizona since 1984. She specializes in family law and serves as a mediator, arbitrator, Family Law Master, and Parenting Coordinator in family law cases.

Her background and experience include more than 30 years of client representation in divorce, property valuations and divisions, and actions involving spousal maintenance, child custody and parenting time, paternity, and child support.

Martindale-Hubbell gives her an AV rating.

She was certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar in 1994 and continues to be so. Annette received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona in 2017 for her work in family law.

Annette is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a national organization comprised 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 unmarried cohabitors’ rights.

Annette has been named a SuperLawyer every year from 2007 to 2021, including being named one of the Top 25 Women Arizona Superlawyers in 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as one of the Top 50 Arizona Superlawyers in 2008, 2009, 2020, and 2021. She was named to the Top 100 Arizona Lawyers list by AZ Business magazine in 2015 and 2020. Thomson Reuters publishes the Super Lawyers list. Here is a description of the SuperLawyers selection methodology.

Arizona Mediator

Annette is available to assist you with your family law cases as a neutral (Mediator, Special Master, Arbitrator, or Parenting Coordinator), or to consult on a case or act as co-counsel as needed. Arrange a phone call or a Zoom meeting to discuss your specific requirements.

Memberships & Associations

  • Annette is a former President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international organization dedicated to the interests of children and family issues. She was President of the international organization in 2017-18, President of the Arizona Chapter of AFCC in 2002-03, and a member of the Arizona Chapter of AFCC’s board of directors until 2011.
  • Annette previously worked as a pro tem judge in Arizona’s Maricopa County Superior Court. She served on the Arizona Supreme Court committee that drafted the original Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure beginning in 2003. The original Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure were developed by this Committee. She served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on Restyling Family Law Rules, which reviewed and revised those rules throughout 2017 and 2018, with new rules going into effect on January 1, 2019.
  • She served on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona’s Family Law Section from 1994 to 2005, and she was Chairperson of the State Bar’s Family Law Section in 1999-2000. She is currently a member of the Arizona State Bar’s Family Law Advisory Commission, which reviews and oversees the certification of Family Law specialists.
  • Ms. Burns frequently lectures on various family law topics for the State Bar of Arizona, the AFCC, the AAML, and other organizations. She is one of the co-authors of the Arizona Family Law Rules Handbook, which is updated on an annual basis. She is particularly interested in family law communications, including issues involving online and social media.
  • Annette wrote “Your Online Presence” for the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section newsletter in 2011.