Hanft Fride Attorneys

William M. Burns

William M. Burns

Attorney At Law
Phone: 218-722-4766
Fax: 218-529-2401
Email: wmb@hanftlaw.com

Mr. Burns handles private and public financing of business enterprises, including utilization of all types of tax credits, tax increment financing and other components to those enterprises, multifamily and commercial real estate development, health care business issues, commercial real estate development, and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with a number of institutions of higher education in dealing with business and regulatory issues.  He also provides general business advice in entity selectino, stock transactions and ownership transitions, as well as management of litigation and other dispute resolution services. His clients include large and small businesses, banks, real estate developers, educational institutions and medical specialists.

Mr. Burns received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees, both with honors, from the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Order of the Coif, Assistant Editor of the Michigan Law Review and Research Assistant for Professor Arthur R. Miller. Mr. Burns is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and American Bar Association. He has annually appeared in the list of "Best Lawyers in America," and has been voted a "Super Lawyer" by his peers in annual surveys since those surveys' inception.

Mr. Burns is a long-time supporter of legal services for low-income individuals. He is currently the Board Chair of Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, was a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance of Minnesota, and is a recipient of the Pro Bono Publico award from the Minnesota State Bar. He is active in other community ventures as well, including Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center where he was Board Chair for eleven years and the College of St. Scholastica where he is a Trustee Emeritus, former Board Chair, and now serves as outside General Counsel. In addition, he is a former Board Chair of United Way of Duluth and of the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area.

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