Experience Qualification Path
Category 2: American Arbitration Association
Mediation Locations
United States - MN, United States - SD, United States - WI, United States - ND, United States - IA, United States - HI, United States - CA, United States - WY, United States - WA, United States - MT
Mediation languages
Current position and background
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.
Main mediation practice areas
Business and commercial litigation; consumer; employment; civil rights; franchise and distributor law.
Mediation experience
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.
Description of mediation style
Flexible to suit party desires - comfortable in evaluative, facilitative and transformative roles.
Code of professional conduct
IMI Code of Professional Conduct
AAA Codes of Conduct for Mediators and Arbitrators
Complaint process
IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process
Professional indemnity insurance
Minnesota Lawyer Mutial - Lawyer and ADR Neutral Professional Liability Insurance. Further details of policy available upon request.
Feedback Digest
Reviewer: STAFF AAA/ICDR ( imireviewer@adr.org )
Latest Update: 2013-08-27 19:08:55

This Feedback Digest is based on 6 Feedbacks in more than 6 Mediations as of August 27, 2013.

Parties and counsel who have used Patrick Burns would overwhelmingly use his services again and would, without hesitation, recommend him to others. Typical of the comments reflecting Mr. Burns’ acceptability are: (i) He communicates well with the parties, understands and adheres to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights’ (for which he is a volunteer mediator) policies regarding ADR, and is able to adjust his mediation style to fit the needs of the mediation. Mr. Burns is a great mediator. The Department looks forward to working with him in the future; (ii) Mr. Burns stayed on task, got results, and his costs were reasonable; (iii) Mr. Burns will remain a highly successful and sought-after mediator in all types of commercial disputes; and (iv) Patrick is a very adept, insightful, creative, objective and personable mediator who knows how to help parties address and seek to resolve the important issues in their disputes, who would otherwise be unable to address those issues constructively. I am very pleased to have been able to have worked again with Patrick, and I plan to continue to request and recommend him and his services at every opportunity.

Mr. Burns’ mediation skills and abilities are rated as highly effective. Typical of feedback received in this regard are: (i) Mr. Burns is able to effectively communite with parties involved - he is able to listen and be realistic with the parties when the situation calls for it. He is also able to let the parties speak and actively listen to the parties; (ii) Mr. Burns invested considerable time, effort, and skill in bringing about a settlement despite serious obstacles that made the prospect of settlement highly unlikely prior to the mediation. He's calm, patient, attentive both to the facts of the dispute and the personal dynamics at work between the parties. He's eager to take up the challenge of dispute resoluation under circumstances in which other neutrals might toss up their hands and walk away; (iii) His patience and willingness to take up the challenge of bringing together parties who had been at loggerheads for more than a year made a decisive difference in the outcome; and (iv) Patrick’s skills and abilities as a mediator are unexcelled. I have worked with many mediators over the years, and Patrick is clearly amongst the top three, if not the very best of them. He has objectivity, empathy, deep insight into each side’s concerns, issues and personality traits, creativity, adroit handling of each party’s personal issues, and more.

Mr. Burns is also highly regarded for his ability to effect a positive outcome. For example, one provider of feedback noted that the value in his mediation process was his client's ability to achieve his primary goals, while also making acceptable concessions to the other side. The other side had not been willing to do what the parties ultimately agreed upon at the mediation. Mr. Burns made the outcome possible because he was sensitive to the business concerns of both parties, while, at the same time, pointing out to each side the benefits of the settlement. Another provider of feedback noted that Patrick was able to help the parties secure the best result possible given the parties involved and their respective issues and personalities.

Costs were widely reported as reasonable in the context of the value of the disputes mediated by Mr. Burns, and in general a very high degree of satisfaction was reported.

No reportable negative comments have been received since Mr. Burns’ designation as an IMI Certified Mediator.

Professional affiliations
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)
Mediation education and training
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


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