I was born in Yerington, Nevada in 1942. I attended the local grammar, junior and high schools there, graduating in 1960. While in high school, if I wasn't participating in school or sports activities, I either worked in my father's grocery store or at one of the local farms or mines in the valley.
I attended the University of Nevada, Reno Campus, graduating in January 1965. In college, I was active in campus politics (Senior Class President) athletics (football) and a fraternity (Alpha Tau Omega). I also had a part time job most of the time. Additionally, I enrolled in the advanced ROTC program and, upon graduation, I received a B.S. in physical education, a minor in business and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery.
I entered active duty with the U.S. Army in April of 1965 and was honorably discharged as a Captain in August 1970. I served in South Korea, Oklahoma and South Vietnam. My primary assignment during those years was as a commander of company-sized units. In addition to the theater ribbons associated with duty in South Vietnam, I was awarded Commendation medals and the Bronze Star.
Upon being discharged, I entered law school at Hastings College of Law, University of California. Three years later I graduated and moved to Las Vegas with my wife Judy, son Mitchell and daughter Jennifer. After graduation and before moving I took, successfully, the California Bar Examination.
While in law school and for a year or so thereafter, I served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Unit Commander in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
In 1973 I went to work for the Clark County Public Defender's Office as a law clerk and then as a deputy upon passing the Nevada Bar exam. After a little over two and a half years the law firm of Bell, Leavitt and Green hired me. In both of these I gained extensive experience in the criminal, domestic and civil areas of the law.
After leaving Bell, Leavitt and Green, I worked briefly at a law firm called Swanson, Momot and Burns. Since 1979 I have been practicing as Thomas M. Burns, Ltd., as sole practitioner. My practice includes criminal, DUI, divorce and other family law, probate, bankruptcy and civil litigation.
My wife and I have been married for 41years and have three children, a professional Civil Engineer, a CPA and a Senior at the University of Arizona.
THOMAS M. BURNS, ESQ. Stat Bar No: 757
Date of Jurisdiction of Initial Admission to Practice: California 1973 (currently inactive status) Nevada 1974
Name of Law Schools: University of California, Hastings College of Law
Practice Areas/ Specialization: General practice
Number of Jury trials: 20
Number of Bench Trials: 500+
Number of Administrative Hearings: 300+
Committee Positions Served: Fee Dispute Committee
No disciplinary action by the State Bar