Kenneth N. Burns became of counsel to SSL Law Firm in 2010 after more than 30 years of litigation practice at Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson pc, where he represented property owners, landlords and tenants in a wide variety of disputes concerning real property acquisition, development, land use and environmental regulation, as well as eviction and other landlord-tenant litigation. Mr. Burns graduated from Princeton University in 1972 and received his J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1975. He was an associate for two years with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison before becoming a partner in Ellman Burke in 1977. He has appeared in venues ranging from California’s rural Justice Court to the United States Supreme Court, with concentration on disputes under the California Environmental Quality Act and related land use legislation. His practice over several decades has also included representation of major landlords and tenants in disputes over leases in high-rise office buildings and a variety of other commercial properties in California. His successes in the appellate courts have included Circle Star Center Associates v. Liberate Technologies, 147 Cal. App. 4th 1203 (2007), which vindicated the right of a landlord to recover attorney fees incurred in obtaining dismissal of a tenant’s spurious bankruptcy filing. Mr. Burns has also taught continuing education courses for California lawyers on landlord-tenant and eviction law.
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