Burns Bair has filed a lawsuit following threats from Republican lawmakers to impeach Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz, saying that impeachment would be a violation of her constitutional right to free speech. Read more

In a case involving the bankruptcy filed in May 2023 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Judge William J. Lafferty of the Northern District of California has issued an order confirming that the Unsecured Creditors Committee, which represents more than 325 sexual abuse survivors, now has broad authority to intervene in an insurance coverage adversary proceeding between the Diocese and its insurers. Read more

Burns Bair is pleased to announce that the firm’s two partners have been honored in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most-respected guides to the legal industry. Read more

A sexual abuse claim fund created by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester as part of its Chapter 11 plan has reached over $126 million, the diocese recently reported. In a status report filed with a New York bankruptcy court on Friday, July 21, the diocese stated that deals with a pair of its insurers totaling more than $50 million were responsible for the increase. This leaves only one of the diocese’s insurers that hasn’t agreed to pay into the abuse claims trust. Read more

Congratulations to the firm’s Tim Burns and Jesse Bair for being named to the list of the nation’s 500 top bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys by the Lawdragon legal guide. Read more

The firm is delighted to announce that partner Tim Burns has been named as one of only 31 lawyers in the nation recognized in the practice area of Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder by the Chambers USA guide to the legal profession. Read more

Leakhena Au is one of 24 attorneys invited by the State Bar of Wisconsin to attend its annual Leadership Development Summit in Madison. Those invited have displayed leadership capabilities, demonstrated a strong commitment to the legal profession, and possess the potential to be the next generation of State Bar leaders. Congratulations to Leakhena for this tremendous accomplishment!

More information on the Summit can be found here.

On Thursday, May 25th, attorney Tim Burns will present the Dane County Bar Association’s annual U.S. Supreme Court civil case review. Tim will focus on the results of the Court’s decisions in the past few terms, including whether the Court is returning us to a pre-New Deal place in the law. You can learn more about the event and register to attend here.

Firm co-founder Timothy W. Burns has been named to the list of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in the nation for 2023 by the Lawdragon legal guide. He is a leading attorney in high-stakes litigation against insurance companies, often representing individuals as well as large corporations and corporate boards. A significant portion of his practice is currently devoted to representing sexual abuse survivors in bankruptcy litigation that seeks recoveries from perpetrators’ insurance policies.   Read more

Burn Bair is continuing to represent unsecured creditors seeking to resolve ongoing sexual assault claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. Earlier this week the bankruptcy court urged both sides to schedule more mediation sessions to reach a consensual settlement. The judge has requested additional responses from the parties on whether he should reconcile their widely varying estimates on the value of the claims by issuing his own estimate from the bench. You can read more on Law360.