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Dwayne D. Burns

Dwayne D. Burns


Dwayne Burns is an experienced trial attorney who defends clients in complex litigation, including product liability, medical device and asbestos matters. He has represented clients in product liability and other matters involving catastrophic injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. He has first-chaired more than 50 bench trials to verdict and handled two jury cases which settled after juries were empaneled. Dwayne has also conducted more than 60 mediations and multiple arbitration proceedings. In addition to drafting and arguing motions and conducting depositions of defendants, witnesses and expert witnesses, he has completed field investigations and proxy testing with experts. 

Dwayne has handled product liability cases involving seatback failure, roof crush, glazing, tire failure and airbags as well as medical devices and other products. He has also worked on personal injury cases involving cryoburns associated with surgical procedures. In one case, he also advised a client on claims of criminal wrongdoing brought in addition to product liability claims.

Prior to entering private practice, Dwayne served as a criminal defense trial attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. In the course of handling criminal allegations of assault, theft, burglary and drug offenses, he analyzed complex unlawful search and seizure, confrontation clause and Miranda issues and drafted corresponding suppression motions.

Outside of the office, Dwayne enjoys travel, having visited Guam, Hawaii, Germany, Luxembourg and France, and having lived for six years in Japan.


Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona


  • Arizona State University, B.A., 2009
    Major: English
  • Arizona Summit Law School, J.D., 2014
    Staff Editor, Arizona Summit Law Journal

Professional Associations

    • State Bar of Arizona
    • Maricopa County Bar Association
      —Diversity & Inclusion Committee
      —Board of Directors


    • The National Black Lawyers Association
      —Top 40 Under 40, 2021 – 2022
    • Phoenix Business Journal
      —Next Generation Rising Star, 2021
    • AZ Big Media
      —Named to Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2022
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Southwest Rising Stars, 2022

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