Robert “Bob” Burns is real estate and business lawyer having extensive experience in both transactional work and commercial litigation, with a practice split almost equally between them. As a former practicing CPA, Mr. Burns’ expertise extends over and beyond the law into a broad range of financial matters.
Bob 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.
Mr. Burns was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016 in Boise for Real Estate, and in 2022 and 2024 in Boise for Litigation - Real Estate.
Before returning to the practice of law in the mid-90s, Mr. Burns 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. Mr. Burns also developed several commercial projects in California and Idaho before joining The Baldwin Company.
Mr. Burns began practicing law in Houston, Texas, with Fulbright & Jaworski, an international law firm, in 1982. Prior to attending law school, he practiced as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in its Salt Lake City office.
Acquisition of Properties
Representing client in the organization of client entities and the acquisition of properties for the development of tunnel car washes, including financing.
Financing and Development
Representing client in financing and development of commercial and residential properties.
Representing client entities in the acquisition, development and sale of residential developments in the greater Boise area, including financing.
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 15 years running
Named 2016 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Boise for Real Estate
Named 2022 and 2024 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Boise for Litigation - Real Estate
Chambers USA – Real Estate, Idaho
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Mountain States Super Lawyers – Real Estate Law
Parsons Behle & Latimer attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyers Ranks 32 Parsons Behle & Latimer Attorneys as Top Practitioners in the Mountain States Region
Parsons Behle & Latimer Ranked Among Top Law Firms by Chambers and Partners USA
"Best Lawyers" Ranks 56 Parsons Attorneys as Top in Intermountain West