John Burns is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Department who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and employment litigation involving diverse types of business disputes.

John has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals of all backgrounds in complex disputes including, but not limited to, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, LLC membership oppression, breach of non-competition agreements, employment law, consumer fraud litigation, healthcare litigation, and landlord-tenant disputes.  John has lead cases as well as provided support through all phases of litigation— from initial demand letters through the close of trial.

John graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law cum laude as an evening student while working full-time at the YMCA Retirement Fund.  After graduating law school, he clerked for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, P.J.Civ. in the Morris Vicinage of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

John lives with his wife and children in Chester, New Jersey, where he participates in the Chester Basketball Association as an assistant travel coach and board member, and serves as an assistant coach for the St. Lawrence Church Girls’ Basketball CYO team.

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These stories are successful case results from our attorneys. Please note that results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

  • Negotiated $1.6 million settlement in shareholder oppression matter after extensive discovery and expert depositions leading up to the week before trial.

  • Negotiated $1.5 million settlement in LLC membership oppression matter after extensive discovery.

  • Obtained 650,000 settlement of breach of contract claim for a client in JAMS mediation.
  • Obtained $450,000 settlement in favor of client facing employment discrimination.

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Loyola University Maryland, B.A., History

The Continuing Saga of NIL in the NCAA

March 28, 2024

The NCAA landscape resembles the "wild west" of NIL litigation, with new challenges emerging monthly. Recent highlights include a federal judge's injunction against the NCAA's recruiting ban and the Dartmouth men's basketball team's 13-2 vote to unionize. Change is swift, leaving NCAA and athletes navigating uncharted terrain.

Unregulated Games: NIL Controversy in College Sports

February 1, 2024

The introduction of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rights has revolutionized college sports, posing legal, ethical, and operational challenges. Chris Zona and John Burns from Mandelbaum Barrett PC dissect this evolution, scrutinizing its impact on athletes, institutions, and the sports industry. They delve into the complexities surrounding NIL, from legal dynamics to ethical considerations, urging a comprehensive approach to navigate this transformative era in collegiate athletics.

Game Changing Analytics: A Legal Perspective on NBA’s Data Battles

January 24, 2024

Chris Zona, Partner in Litigation, and John Burns, Associate in Labor and Employment at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, delve into a compelling legal case involving the use of analytics in the NBA. This case, focusing on a dispute between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors, highlights the increasing importance of statistical analysis in sports strategies and the legal complexities it introduces.

The Increased Use of Analytics in Sports Could Lead to a Rise in Employment and Trade Secret Lawsuits

November 10, 2023

Discover how data-driven strategies are transforming the world of sports, leading to potential legal challenges. Explore the rise of analytics, employment lawsuits, and trade secret battles in the sports industry.

Spelling “Broker” Without the ABCs

March 17, 2023

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently handed down a decision in Kennedy v. Weichert Co., Docket No. A-0518-19, rejecting the use of the well-established “ABC” test when deciding whether a real estate salesperson is an independent contractor or employee under the New Jersey Wage Payment Law (“WPL”).  The Court held that the plain language of […]

18 of our attorneys have been selected for the 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, and 5 were named to the 2024 New Jersey Rising Stars® list.

March 25, 2024

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is delighted to share that 18 of our attorneys have been selected for the 2024 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, and 5 were named to the 2024 New Jersey Rising Stars® list. We are proud to work alongside such an exceptional team. Special shout out to Andy R. Bronsnick for making the Top […]