Daphne A. Burns
Daphne A. Burns is an experienced appellate attorney who has worked in written
advocacy her entire legal career. She gravitated toward legal writing soon after graduating from
law school when the first motion for summary judgment she drafted as a first-year attorney was
granted. Her experience runs the gamut—from representing Fortune 50 clients to serving on the
CJA Panel for a U.S. Court of Appeals. She handles appeals before state and federal appellate
In addition to practicing before the courts, Daphne served as the editor of Voir Dire for
the American Board of Trial Advocates for nearly a decade—taking the publication from an
internal newsletter to a respected legal publication. As an attorney with the National Judicial
College, she drafted a federal grant and worked with judges, attorneys, mental health
practitioners, court personnel and others to devise a best-practices model for handling mental
competency issues in state courts.
She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she was named to
the Dean’s Honor Roll and Phi Delta Phi; she was also class president her second year. She
attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law her third year of law
school where she served as a legal intern for the then-U.S. House of Representatives, Committee
on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights.
University of Oklahoma, J.D.
University of Oklahoma, B.A. (Political Science)
Bar And Court Admissions:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Supreme Court