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Our Firm

At Burns & Levinson, we practice law differently. While our attorneys agree that results drive our business, building relationships with our clients and providing value added service is the key to our success. We work hard to provide the legal experience and industry knowledge you need, as well as the personal attention you deserve - adding value to your life and the life of your business. At Burns & Levinson, your personal and business success is our top priority - so whatever your legal need, consider it done.

As a Boston-based firm with over 120 attorneys and offices in Providence and New York, as well as in the Merrimack Valley / North Shore, Metro West and South Shore areas of Massachusetts, we are large enough to represent clients in complex and sophisticated matters, yet small enough to be very responsive, providing direct partner-level, proactive advice. Burns & Levinson has two wholly owned subsidiaries, one of which is located in Boston and the other in Montreal, Quebec.

Our lawyers are experienced and extremely motivated. They're willing to go beyond their traditional role and do whatever it takes to get results. No matter what your legal need, we've got you covered.

Here are a few examples of how we get things done:

  • Act as your legal counsel and business advisor
  • Provide strategic solutions for your legal issue
  • Understand your business and industry
  • Think globally, looking at the full picture, not just the matter at hand
  • Advise our individual clients in their personal lives
  • Identify how personal decisions may affect other matters including your business
  • Go the extra mile to help our clients find the resources they need to make the deal happen - help them make connections
  • Access to an integrated team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys
  • Keep clients informed of important changes in the law
  • Prompt responses and personal attention from senior partners
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and results-driven attitude

Our Practices

Our core areas of practice are Business Law, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Private Client legal services, which include all related services from general corporate, intellectual property (including patents), employment, finance, securities, private equity, venture capital, real estate to tax, mediation, litigation, divorce, family law, trusts and estate planning and administration.

Our Method and Culture

Burns & Levinson LLP understands that each client has unique needs. We provide a team approach by utilizing all the talent available within our firm and partnering with others to meet our clients' needs. Our attorneys are client-centered and focused on more than just the matter at hand - they are business advisors, thinking globally - They want to know about your business and legal matter and how they can best support it. This is how they add extra value beyond the legal work.

Our entrepreneurial culture provides a sense of independence, while offering a team approach to support our attorneys' efforts and our clients' endeavors.

Our Clients

We represent dynamic, growth-oriented businesses, privately and publicly held companies, universities, institutions and individuals primarily located in the northeast.

Our clients are in various industries from traditional manufacturing and service businesses, high-technology and life sciences companies, and emerging companies to scientists, entrepreneurs and Canadian, Chinese and Israeli-based companies.

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Our Commitment to Service

We pride ourselves on service. The firm has two subsidiaries to provide additional service to our clients. They are:

Burns & Levinson Asset Management (B&L Asset Management LLC d/b/a Burns & Levinson Asset Management) provides investment advisory and portfolio management services.

Burns & Levinson Canada Co. provides cross-border business consulting services and investment introductions to Canadian companies looking to do business in the U.S. and U.S. companies looking to do business in Canada.

Law Firm Alliance

The firm is a proud member of the Law Firm Alliance (“LFA”), a leading global network of full-service law firms. Established in 2000, the LFA’s goal is to provide clients of member firms with access to high quality, cost effective legal services in jurisdictions worldwide. There is a judicious member selection policy in place and, since its establishment; membership has grown to 50+ law firms with close to 3,000 lawyers practicing throughout North America and internationally.

Burns & Levinson’s LFA affiliation allows us to offer our clients an integrated global service, connecting them with the expertise of colleagues in full-service law firms throughout numerous jurisdictions. Our clients receive the responsiveness and efficiency important to them, while allowing for meaningful personal relationships typically associated with smaller firms, supported by access to the combined knowledge and resources of a larger, multinational firm - without the associated fees.

Law Firm Alliance membership is highly selective and is offered on an invitation-only basis, promising that the caliber of firms selected is exceptionally high. Criteria includes peer and client recommendations, service offerings, as well as ethical standards held within the firms. Prerequisites of membership include firms that offer full-service capabilities, the maintenance of substantial corporate and litigation practices, and an outward display of a commitment to client service. In this way, clients of member firms are assured that they have chosen a firm which is amongst the top rated in its geographical area, and that they can expect this level of service in those jurisdictions where they may need to do business.

Our History

Thomas Burns and Larry Levinson, our Founders, along with William Clancy and Robert Weinstein established Burns & Levinson LLP in 1960 on the principles of being accessible to our clients and being responsive to their needs and ultimately providing the highest quality legal services. These principles have served our clients well. Our continued commitment to the founding principles of the Firm results in an entrepreneurial approach to providing services.

In January 2006, thirty-five attorneys from the Boston-based law firm of Perkins Smith & Cohen LLP joined the firm. The addition of these attorneys, highly known for their patent and intellectual property practices, with a focus on the science and technology sector, added depth and further enhanced our ability to fully service the science and technology industries.

Since then we have continued to support our clients in key areas of practice, adding talented attorneys in a variety of areas, expanding the breadth of expertise and experience to effectively serve their needs.

On February 1, 2010 we celebrated our 50th anniversary. Learn about our past 50 years.