Lynn P. Burleson - Tharrington Smith, LLP

Lynn P. Burleson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 919-821-4711

Lynn Burleson is a native of Albemarle, North Carolina. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina after receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law.  Before joining Tharrington Smith, Mr. Burleson served as a district court judge and was a partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton.  He has served as an adjunct professor of law for the Wake Forest University School of Law and High Point University.

Mr. Burleson practices exclusively in the field of family law. He is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is chair of the Arbitration Committee and has sat on the Board of Governors as a Chapter Delegate to the national American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He frequently serves as a faculty member of the national AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitration Institute.  In 2009, he became one of only 100 divorce attorneys from across the United States to be inducted as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.   He is listed among the "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina.  He is listed as one of the "Super Lawyers" by Charlotte and Law and Politics magazines.  He is listed in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America and has been named the "Raleigh Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year".  He has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association.  Mr. Burleson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for his service to the Family Law Section.  He has served as president of both the Twenty-First Judicial District and the Forsyth County Bar Associations.

Mr. Burleson is a frequent speaker at law schools and at continuing legal education programs and has presented manuscripts on a wide range of topics including absolute divorce, divorce from bed and board, alimony, child support, sanctions, qualified domestic relations orders, employee benefits, discovery of corporate records by minority shareholders, ethics, counsel fees, mediation, neutral evaluation, use of referees, classification and distribution of marital assets, marital property valuation, family law contracts, breach of confidential relationships, and arbitration.

Mr. Burleson is certified as an arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He is an Observer-Member of the Uniform Laws Commission Family Law Arbitration Act Drafting Committee.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillMA Wake Forest UniversityJ.D.
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersNorth Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersAmerican College of Family Trial LawyersNorth Carolina State BarNorth Carolina Bar AssociationWake County Bar Association

Case History

Experience — Retired District Court Judge

Office Location

Wells Fargo Building, Suite 1800
150 Fayetteville Street
P.O. Box 1151
Raleigh, NC 27602
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2009 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Raleigh Metro Area
Lynn P. Burleson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Family Law

Other Information

Gender: Male