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Timothy W. Burns

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Perkins Coie LLP

Timothy W. Burns is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP. He is the former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association.

Tim is favorably ranked in the 2006 (Illinois), 2007 (recommended in "Insurance" nationally), and 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Band 2 - nationally) editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. According to the publication, Tim "shines brightly in the sensitive and complex area of D&O [directors' and officers'] insurance," and corporate interviewees for the publication agreed that he "is probably the best counselor in the business for the procurement of this insurance . . . and is a real client magnet in this specialized field." According to one client quoted, "He is smart, diligent, innovative, resourceful and practical." Tim also is listed in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers and as one of the nation's top thirty policyholder-side insurance lawyers in the Executive Counsel Shortlist.

Tim has developed a nationally prominent D&O insurance practice. He advises clients on all aspects of D&O insurance, including counseling them with respect to the D&O insurance aspects of securities and derivative litigation and government investigations, initial public offerings, spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcies. Tim's practice also includes representing corporate policyholders in their disputes and litigation with their insurance carriers. He has represented major policyholders in insurance coverage litigation since 1992.


  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers, Executive Counsel Shortlist
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006 (Illinois), 2007 (recommended in "Insurance"), 2008 - present (Band 2 - nationally)

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One East Main Street, Suite 201
Madison, WI 53703-5118
Phone: 608-663-7487
Firm Phone: 608-663-7460

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance Law (Coverage, Fidelity, International Arbitration, Litigation, Professional Liability)

Lawyer of the Year


  • Weber State University (BA)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Organizations & Affiliations

  • The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel — Fellow
  • American Law Institute — Member
  • American Bar Association — Member
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Insurance Neutrals Review Committee — Member


  • United States Court of Appeals