Robert B. Burns

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Robert B.Burns
Phone: 208.562.4900
Direct: 208.562.4894

Robert B. Burns is a shareholder in the firm’s Boise office and leads the firm’s real estate practice in Idaho. His practice includes acquisitions and sales, commercial real estate lending, development, leasing, and conflicts over entitlement issues and commercial and residential property interests, including challenging property taxes and prosecuting and defending mechanic liens.

Mr. Burns has also represented business clients in a wide range of general business activities ranging from the formation of business entities to litigating their dissolution – and most everything in between. In recent years approximately one-half of Mr. Burns’ practice has been devoted to transactional and related work and one-half to litigation and related work.

Mr. Burns was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2016 for "Lawyer of the Year" in Boise for Real Estate.

Prior to joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Mr. Burns was an attorney at Moffatt Thomas Barrett Rock & Fields in Boise, Idaho. Before joining that firm, he was the president of the Los Angeles/Ventura Division of The Baldwin Company, then one of the largest home builders in California. As the general manager of one of the three operating divisions of this Southern California real estate company, Mr. Burns was responsible for the acquisition and development of five master-planned communities comprising approximately 6,500 residential units, together with ancillary commercial uses. Before joining The Baldwin Company in 1988, Mr. Burns developed several commercial projects in California and Idaho.

Mr. Burns began practicing law in Houston, Texas, with Fulbright & Jaworski, an international law firm. Prior to attending law school, he practiced as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in its Salt Lake City office.


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Boise State University (B.B.A., 1975)

Magna cum laude

Stanford Law School (J.D., 1982)


Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate Law and Litigation

Named 2016 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Boise for Real Estate

Chambers USA – Real Estate, Idaho

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Mountain States Super Lawyers – Real Estate Law




Stanford Law School