February 9, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Liberal activist candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court Tim Burns has almost no experience in the state’s court system – despite running for a spot on its highest court. Recent reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlights how Burns has only worked on one case in state court in Wisconsin. The story also highlights some of Burns’ out-of-state clients including hedge funds, the manufacturer of defective products, and a murderer.
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Tim Burns hopes to join state Supreme Court but has only had one case in Wisconsin court
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 8, 2018
Tim Burns wants to sit on the state’s highest court, but he hasn’t spent much time in a Wisconsin courtroom.
Burns, an attorney in the Madison office of the national law firm Perkins Coie, has had one case in state court in Wisconsin and six in federal court in the state, according to records.
The bulk of his work occurred elsewhere and focused on claims against insurers. His clients include hedge funds that lost money in the Bernie Madoff investment scandal; a mining company that couldn’t get an insurance payout when a Colorado quarry collapsed; and life insurance policyholders who contended insurers had misrepresented their financial stability.
Among his clients was Stryker Corp., which was alleged to have made defective knee replacements. He represented the firm when it sued its insurer.
Burns has limited experience with criminal cases. He has worked as a prosecutor once, when he was appointed a special assistant district attorney in New York for the appeal of a burglary case. He’s also served as a defense attorney in a handful of cases, including one capital murder case in Chicago in which his client pleaded to a lesser charge of second-degree homicide.
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