Darren Burns

Darren Burns’ practice centers on litigation, particularly cases involving commercial construction, employment, contract, business, real property, and cable/satellite piracy issues. His clients include developers, contractors, property managers, retail businesses, restaurants and property owners. He represents his clients in courts throughout Maryland as well as in federal court, administrative hearings, arbitration and mediation. In addition to litigation, Mr. Burns advises clients on contracts and business formation, and he handles regulatory matters before various Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis agencies including liquor licenses and other trade requirements.

An experienced education lawyer, Mr. Burns served for six years as the in-house counsel for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. He has represented boards of education, local governments and public officials in numerous contract, tort and civil rights cases.

Professionally, Mr. Burns is an officer for the Construction Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and former trustee of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association. His two decades of experience in court began with his judicial clerkship for the Hon. Robert H. Heller Jr. in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

In the community, Mr. Burns is active with the boards of his community association and the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis. He coaches youth sports for his four children and continues to play in the Maryland Masters Lacrosse League.

Representative Decisions:

  • J & J Sports Productions, Inc. v. TAG Galleries, LLC, Civ. No. WMN 11-333, 2012 WL2577632 (D. Md. July 3, 2012)
  • Stevens v. Showalter, 458 B.R. 852 (D. Md. 2011)
  • Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Dock Street Enterprises, Inc. Civ. No. WMN 11-1973, 2011 WL6141058 (D. Md. Dec. 8, 2011)
  • Board of Educ. v. Norville, 390 Md. 93 (2005)
  • Riverdale Baptist Church v. CertainTeed Corp., 349 F. Supp. 2d 943 (D. Md. 2004)
  • Chesapeake Charter v. Bd. of Educ., 358 Md. 129 (2000)
  • Battles v. Anne Arundel County Bd. of Educ., 904 F. Supp. 471 (D. Md. 1995), aff’d, 95 F.3d 41 (4th Circ. 1996)
  • United Prison Equipment Co., Inc. v. Board of County Com’rs of Caroline County, Md., 907 F. Supp. 908 (D.Md. 1995)
  • Griffith v. Truette, 866 F. Supp. 254 (D.Md.1994)
  • Racine v. Cecil County, Md., 843 F. Supp. 53 (D. Md. 1994)
  • Bourexis v. Carroll County Narcotics Task Force, 96 Md.App. 459, 625 A.2d 391 (1993), cert. denied, 332 Md. 453, 632 A.2d 150, cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1195 (1994)

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Law
  • Education Law
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • College of William & Mary, J.D.
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A.

Professional Associations:

  • Maryland State Bar Association Construction, Litigation, Business and Real Property Sections
  • Maryland State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council Treasurer
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association Board of trustees (2003-2005)
  • American Bar Association Business & Administrative Law Section
  • Education Law Association
  • Maryland Council of Local School Board Attorneys
  • Howard County Bar Associatio

Community Involvement:

  • All Children's Chorus of Annapolis President
  • Annapolis Touchdown Club Past president
  • Bon Haven Community Association Past president
  • Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Consumer member (appointed by the Governor, 2005-2007)