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IMI Certified Mediator
United States
Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
AAA - American Arbitration Association
Mediation Profile

Patrick Burns is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. 

Patrick is peer-review rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He focuses his practice on ADR and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

Patrick was named a Super Lawyer for litigation and ADR in 2014 & 2015 by the Twin Cities Business Journal. Minnesota Lawyer named Patrick one of 20 “Up and Coming Attorneys” in the state in 2007, and in 2010 he was named a “Rising Star” in ADR and litigation by Minnesota Law & Politics. 

Patrick is an active mediator and arbitrator who serves on the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) national panels of mediators and arbitrators. Patrick also volunteers as a mediator through the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and Hennepin County District Court. He was formerly Vice President of the Minneapolis office of the American Arbitration Association and served on active duty as an officer and trial lawyer in the Army JAG Corps. 

Patrick earned his B.S., M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Dakota, where he is an adjunct Professor of Law. Patrick formerly served for a number of years as both Chair and Vice Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's 400+ member Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He holds an LL.M in Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California.

Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Mediator; member - AAA national mediation and arbitration panels; counsel for clients in numerous mediations and arbitrations; volunteer mediator with Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and Hennepin County District Court; Former AAA Vice President.

Flexible to suit party desires - comfortable in evaluative, facilitative and transformative roles.

Business and commercial litigation; consumer; employment; civil rights; franchise and distributor law.

American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section, Litigation Section, Solo/Small Firm Section and Forum on Franchising)

The Minnesota State Bar Association (ADR Section, Vice Chair since 2005; Civil Litigation Section)

Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA Mentor Program participant since 2006; Leaders Impacting the Non-Profit Community [LINC] Graduate, Chair of the Legal Fee Arbitration Committee)

Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court (Barrister), Minneapolis
American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation and Arbitration Panels - neutral
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Mentor Program participant since 2004)
The State Bar of South Dakota (ADR Committee)
The State Bar of Wisconsin (“Lawyer-to-Lawyer” volunteer)

Training and Education

Master of Laws (LL.M) in Dispute Resolution from the perennially number-one ranked law school for dispute resolution in the United States - Pepperdine University School of Law. Additional ADR LL.M coursework at Hamline University School of Law.

Advanced Mediator Training, American Arbitration Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2010

Minnesota CLE, ADR Institutes, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006-2008 and 2010

Minnesota Rule 114 Certified Civil Arbitrator training (6.75 hours), Minnesota CLE, 2007

Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, “Ask the Mediators: Candid Advice About What Works and What Doesn't,” 2007

The State Bar of South Dakota, Dispute Resolution CLE, 2007

Minnesota CLE, Arbitration Series: “Ethical Considerations in Arbitration for Neutrals and Lawyer-Advocates,” 2007

AAA “Arbitration Fundamentals & Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators,” 2007

Minnesota CLE, Mediation Advocacy, 2006

AAA “Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004),” 2006

AAA Staff Mediator Training, 2006

Hamline University School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute, Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral (30 hours), 2006

AAA “Arbitrator I: Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process,” 2005

AAA “Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics,” 2005

Faculty, AAA Arbitrator Training 2006-2008


IMI Code of Professional Conduct
AAA Codes of Conduct for Mediators and Arbitrators

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process

Minnesota Lawyer Mutial - Lawyer and ADR Neutral Professional Liability Insurance. Further details of policy available upon request.

Patrick Burns
United States