Robert W. Burns

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Workplaces and schools are two of the most dynamic and sometimes controversial areas in our society, and often times the “laboratories” for legislative policy enactment. Bob’s practice serves both. He helps employers and school administrators navigate a wide variety of legal issues.

Bob approaches matters from the perspective of his clients. He keeps the big picture in mind even when contemplating seemingly minor issues. Bob represents employers of all sizes, including those with union and non-union workforces. He handles labor negotiations, discrimination defense, disability and ADA issues, wrongful discharge or employment contract disputes, non-compete issues and other sensitive personnel transactions. He provides advice on a wide variety of school law issues. Bob also works with businesses and governmental entities as general or special counsel.


Membership & Involvement

  • Member: American and Brown County Bar Associations; State Bar of Wisconsin; Society of Human Resource Management - Green Bay, Sheboygan; St. Norbert College President's Advisory Council
  • Master: Hon. Robert J. Parins Legal Society
  • Former President: Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Board Member: St. Thomas More Society, Diocese of Green Bay

  • Former Board Member, Brown County United Way; St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center of Green Bay, Inc.; St. Vincent Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis; Meyer Theatre Corporation; Freedom House Ministries, Inc.

  • Former Board Chair, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc.

  • Former President/Former Board Member: Green Bay Country Club, Inc.;

  • Board Member/Secretary, Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation


  • Selected to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers List: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Selected to Best Lawyers® in America - Employment Law – Management, and Labor Law – Management: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Selected to Best Lawyers® in America - Green Bay, Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year": 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021
  • Selected to Best Lawyers® in America - Green Bay, Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year": 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020, 2022
  • George Tipler Award, WSAA (2017)
  • Leader in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal (2012)
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • St. Norbert College: Distinguished Service to the College Award, 1998; Ambassador Award, 1992, 1993
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated

Resources & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Published Works


Willamette University, J.D.

St. Norbert College, B.A., cum laude


  • Wisconsin
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