Lynn P. Burleson

Lynn P. Burleson

Lynn Burleson is a native of Albemarle, North Carolina. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina after receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law.  Before joining Tharrington Smith, Mr. Burleson served as a district court judge and was a partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton.  He has served as an adjunct professor of law for the Wake Forest University School of Law and High Point University.

Mr. Burleson practices exclusively in the field of family law. He is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is Chair Emeritus of the Arbitration Committee and has sat on the Board of Governors as a Chapter Delegate to the national American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He frequently serves as a faculty member of the national AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitration Institute. In 2009, he became one of only 100 divorce attorneys from across the United States to be inducted as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.   He is listed among the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina. He is listed as one of the “Super Lawyers” by Charlotte and Law and Politics magazines. He is listed in the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America and has been named the “Raleigh Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year”. He has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association. Mr. Burleson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for his service to the Family Law Section. He has served as president of both the Twenty-First Judicial District and the Forsyth County Bar Associations.

Mr. Burleson is a frequent speaker at law schools and at continuing legal education programs and has presented manuscripts on a wide range of topics including absolute divorce, divorce from bed and board, alimony, child support, sanctions, qualified domestic relations orders, employee benefits, discovery of corporate records by minority shareholders, ethics, counsel fees, mediation, neutral evaluation, use of referees, classification and distribution of marital assets, marital property valuation, family law contracts, breach of confidential relationships, and arbitration.

Mr. Burleson is certified as an arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He has served as an Observer-Member of the Uniform Laws Commission Family Law Arbitration Act Drafting Committee.


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Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer
North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, 1991
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1993 – present
AAML Certified Arbitrator, 1999- present
American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate, 2008 – present
North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Distinguished Service Award, 1990
North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award, 2007
North Carolina Super Lawyers, since 2006, Top 100 List 2006, 2007, 2008
Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite Family Law Section, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law Section, since 1995, Raleigh Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” 2009

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law

  • J.D., 1980

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.A. Public Administration, 1974
  • B.A. Public Administration, 1970

Work History:

  • Former Assistant District Attorney, 21st Judicial District in Winston-Salem, NC, 1981-1984
  • Former District Court Judge, 21st Judicial District in Winston-Salem, NC, 1984-1987
  • Kilpatrick Stockton, 1987-1999 in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, adjunct professor, 1982-1984
  • High Point University, adjunct professor, 1986-1987 and 1994-1999

Memberships & Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar, Member, 1980
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1980
  • Family Law Section, Member, 1980
  • Board of Governors – Family Law Chair, 1991-1992
  • Uniform Laws Commission Family Law Arbitration Act Drafting Committee, Observer-Member, 2013 – present
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member, 1999 – present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member, 1999 – present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1993
  • North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, member
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate, 2008
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Member, 1980-1999
  • Twenty-First Judicial District Bar Member, 1980

Professional Dedication

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • National Board of Governors, 2006-2009
    • Chair Arbitration Committee, 2004 (?) to present
    • Matrimonial Law Arbitration Institute Faculty, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers- North Carolina Chapter
    • President, 2000
    • Arbitration Committee Chair, 1997-1999
    • Former member of Board of Managers
    • Former Member of Board of Examiners
  • 21st Judicial District Bar
    • Past President , 1993-1994
    • Chair of Ethics Committee, 1990-1991
  • Forsyth County Bar Associations
    • Past President , 1993-1994
    • Vice President, 1991-1992
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Chair, Family Law Section, 1991-1992
    • Chair, Legislative Committee, 1990-1991
    • Board of Governors, 2005-2008

    Community Engagement

    • Citizens Committee for an Adequate I-40 Member, 1982
    • Winston-Salem Human Relations Committee Member, 1982-1983
    • Winston-Salem Fair Housing Committee Member, 1982-1983
    • American National Red Cross: Volunteer, 1970-1974
    • Citizen’s Committee for an Adequate I-40, 1983
    • Forsyth Court Volunteers, Inc.: Board of Directors
    • Knollwood Baptist Church: Board of Directors, Moderator, Trustee, Choir, Refugee Resettlement Committee, Constitution Committee Chair, Sunday School Teacher, Senior Pastor Selection Committee, Personnel Committee Chair, Usher, 1980-1998
    • Law Explorer Post 21: Post Advisor, 1982
    • Lawyers Finance Committee Co-Chair for Re-Election of Judge Biggs to District Court Bench in Forsyth County
    • Forsyth County Juvenile Justice Council: Executive Committee, Review and Comment Committee Chair
    • Forsyth County Co-Chair of Committee to Re-elect K. Edward Greene to the North Carolina Court of Appeals
    • Mental Health Association of Forsyth County: Board of Directors, President, 1984
    • Neighborhood Justice Center: Board of Directors, 1983
    • North Carolina State Special Olympics: Olympic Village Director, 1976
    • North Carolina Statewide Co-Chair of Committee to Elect Clarence P. Horton, Jr. to the North Carolina Court of Appeals
    • SAFEchild – Board of Directors, Personnel Committee Chair and Corporate Committee Co-Chair, 2007
    • 610 Hillsborough Street Condominium Homeowners Association, Inc., Board of Directors, President, 2000
    • Steering Committee to Elect Judge William B. Reingold to North Carolina Superior Court
    • Steering Committee to Re-elect District Court Judge William B. Reingold
    • Steering Committee to Re-elect District Court Judge Margaret Sharpe
    • Steering Committee to Re-elect Judge Linda McGee to North Carolina Court of Appeals
    • Steering Committee to Re-elect District Court Judge Roland B. Hayes
    • StepUp Ministry: Life Skills Co-Partner, 2011-2012
    • Theater in the Park: Board of Directors- 1974
    • United Way Campaign Representative, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, 1994
    • Wake Forest University School of Law: Trial Court Judge, Judge in Regional Client Interview Competition
    • Winston-Salem Fair Housing Committee, 1983
    • Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, 1983
    • Young Men’s Christian Association: Central Branch, Board of Directors, Youth Services Committee Chair and Executive Committee Member; Metropolitan YMCA of Greater Winston-Salem, Board of Director, 1991

    Presentations (since 2000):

    • “There’s Money on the Table: Issues in High End Family Law Cases: High Alimony and Child Support Awards,” Family Law Intensive Seminar, North Carolina Bar Foundation, October 29, 2015, February 4, 2016.
    • “Family Law Arbitration,” Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, French Lick, Indiana, October 8, 2015.
    • Course Planner, It’s a Small World After All, 2012 Family Law Section Annual Meeting, North Carolina Bar Foundation, May 4­5, 2012.
    • “Arbitration,” Deal or No Deal? Attacking/Enforcing Agreements, Orders and Awards, North Carolina Bar Foundation, September 25, 2009.
    • “Family Law Arbitration: Third­ Party ADR,” Campbell Law Symposium, Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 22, 2008.
    • “Family Law Arbitration,” Family Law Issues, Wake County Bar Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 2, 2007.
    • “Arbitrating Under the North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act,” Family Law Section of Mecklenburg County Bar Association and North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Charlotte, North Carolina, December 1, 2006. Presenter and Course Planner.
    • “Arbitrating Family Law Cases,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Regional Workshops, October 13, 2001, May 18, 2002, September 27, 2002, May 9, 2003, October 24, 2003, October 31, 2003, December 1, 2006.
    • “Codifying Marital Torts,” 2006 family Law Specialists’ Meeting, July 14-15, 2006.
    • “Family Law Arbitration From The Court Perspective,” North Carolina District Court Judges Conference, June 14, 2006.
    • “Amendments to the N.C. Family Law Arbitration Act, Arbitrator Liability, Ethical Standards for Arbitrators and Appellate Review, Perils and Pitfalls in ADR, North Carolina Bar Foundation, September 16, 2005. Presenter and Course Planner.
    • “Arbitration – A New Concept in Family Law”, Family Law in Our Changing World, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Kentucky Chapter and Louisville Bar Association, April 15, 2005.
    • Course Planner, Basics of Family Law, North Carolina Bar Foundation, November 7-8, 2002, November 18-19, 2004.
    • “Matrimonial Law Arbitration”, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2004.
    • Arbitration Training Institute, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Louisville, Kentucky, Faculty, August 20-22, 2004.
    • “Hot Tips for Matrimonial Arbitration,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 8, 2003.
    • “Professionalism”, Equitable Distribution, Wake Forest University School of Law, October 17, 2003.
    • “Family Law Arbitration”, Family Law Specialists Seminar, North Carolina State Bar, July 18-19, 2003.
    • Course Planner, Family Law Specialists Seminar, North Carolina State Bar, July 18-19, 2003.
    • “Professional Responsibility,” Practical Family Law 2002, Wake Forest University School of Law, October 17, 2002.
    • “Arbitration for the Family Lawyer,” Mecklenburg County Family Law Section, September 19, 2002.
    • “Ethics and Professionalism in Custody Cases,” What About the Children? Child Custody and Support in 2002, North Carolina Bar Foundation, September 13, 2002.
    • “History and Overview of Family Law Arbitration”, Arbitration of Marital Issues, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, North Carolina Chapter, October 13, 2001, May 18, 2002.
    • “Professionalism”, Family Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, October 5, 2001, October 17, 2002.
    • Arbitration Training Institute, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Charlotte, North Carolina, Faculty, September 21-24, 2000.
    • “North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act,” Family Law Section Annual Meeting, North Carolina Bar Association, May 5-6, 2000.
    • Course Planner, Family Law Section Annual Meeting, North Carolina Bar, Association, May 5-6, 2000.
    • “North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act,” Family Law Intensive Seminar, North Carolina Bar Foundation, November 12, 1999, February 11, 2000.