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About Dwayne

Civil defense attorney with experience in commercial and product liability matters

Dwayne Burns defends and advises clients in complex litigation, including aspects of high-exposure product liability matters. He handles matters involving catastrophic injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims.

Earlier in his career, Dwayne served as a criminal defense trial attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. After representing indigent clients, he transitioned into the private civil sector and continued to develop his litigation skills. Dwayne works hard for his clients and provides consistent and efficient representation that furthers long-lasting relationships after matters conclude.

Experience in Action

  • Drafts and argues complex motions.
  • Conducts lay and expert witness examinations.
  • Completes field investigations and proxy testing with experts.


  • Counseled the defendant in a personal injury case involving cryoburns associated with surgical procedures.
  • Advised a client on claims of criminal wrongdoing brought in addition to product liability claims.
  • Handled product liability cases involving seatback failure, roof crush, glazing, tire failure and airbags, as well as medical devices and other products.
  • Has first-chaired more than 50 bench trials to verdict and handled two jury cases that settled after juries were empaneled. Dwayne also has conducted more than 60 mediations and multiple arbitration proceedings.

Professional Recognitions

  • The National Black Lawyers Association, "Top 40 Under 40" (2021, 2022)
  • Phoenix Business Journal, "Next Generation Rising Star" (2021)
  • AZ Big Media, "Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona" (2022)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" (2022-present: Product Liability)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Commissioner Selection Committee for Maricopa County, member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee, member
  • Maricopa County Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, member
  • State Bar of Arizona, member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, fellow, class of 2024

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