Attorney Ken BurnsKenneth Burns is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and decided to return to Fayetteville to pursue his career.  In 1990 Ken began practicing as an associate and later partner at Blackwell, Luedeke, Hicks and Burns concentrating in the areas of  family law and real estate where he remained until 1994.  In 1994 Ken joined Harris, Mitchell and Hancox as an associate practicing in civil law initially and then criminal defense exclusively.

Later Ken became a partner of Harris, Mitchell & Burns, its successor firm, Harris, Mitchell, Burns & Brewer, and finally as a partner in a newly formed firm of Mitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burns & Boughman.  In 2000 Ken established his own practice known as Kenneth D. Burns, Attorney at Law, P.A.  In 2004 Ken joined The Brady Law Firm where he practiced until 2007. In 2007, Ken joined Downing, Downing & Burns, PLLC as a partner. In 2013 Ken Burns founded Burns Law.

Since 1990 Ken has practiced in every court in Cumberland County, North Carolina and has represented clients in a wide variety of case types. For nearly the last two decades, Ken has practiced criminal defense almost exclusively and has helped thousands of people achieve significantly improved outcomes to the legal problems they faced.


Ken graduated from Douglas Byrd Senior High School in Fayetteville in 1982.  Ken attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North  Carolina State University in 1987.  While at North Carolina State Ken served on the Student Government  Judicial Board.

Ken later attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University located in Buies Creek, North Carolina.  While at Campbell, Ken served as research assistant to Professor Richard Lord and Professor Charles Lewis. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 1990.

During his time in law school he studied abroad at the East China Institute of Politics and Law in Shanghai,  People’s Republic of China.  Ken was also a member of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity at Campbell University.


Ken has been an active community member in Cumberland County. He has volunteered with various athletic teams as a coach pitch, a junior Dixie Youth league baseball coach, as an AAU girls basketball coach, and as a coach of recreational basketball teams.  Ken has mentored several mock trial teams at Terry Sanford High School, as well as served as a guest lecturer providing an overview of criminal law.  He was a RA leader at church as well as Vice President and President of the Fayetteville Young Lawyer’s Association.


Ken is a member of the Cumberland County Bar Association, the Twelfth Judicial District Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Advocacy for DUI Defense and the American Society of Legal Advocates.