Litigation attorney Mackenzie 'Mac' Burns joins McDonald Hopkins


McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Burns to its Litigation Department. Burns’ integration into McDonald Hopkins underscores the firm’s commitment to attracting and nurturing exceptional legal talent, becoming a destination firm for both accomplished attorneys and clients in need of service.

“I’m thrilled to be at McDonald Hopkins. It has an excellent reputation among peers in the legal field. I think it says a lot about a law firm when people talk highly about, not only, the skills and experience the attorneys have to offer but the quality of their character, too,” said Burns. “I’m excited to develop my own practice while having a collaborative and innovative team to lean on in the Litigation Department.”

Burns is passionate about the intersection of law, business, entrepreneurship, and technology. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and general litigation covering a variety of legal and business disputes, including those related to intellectual property and contract matters.

“We’re thrilled to have Mac join our team. He brings a great perspective to the table in addition to a sharp legal mind. Our department isn’t just a collection of successful attorneys, it’s a cohesive unit that shares insights and solutions,” said Michael Latiff, Chair of McDonald Hopkins’ Litigation Department.

Burns has provided counsel to a wide variety of clients - from startups to Fortune 500 businesses - on negotiating settlements, developing defense strategies, and alternative dispute resolution. He noted that he enjoys working through challenges that come with litigation, meeting new clients and learning the nuances of their business.

“I make it my priority to understand the nuances of the client’s business, getting the details is absolutely key. It allows me to anticipate our potential weakness while playing to our strengths, and I find it instills a sense of confidence in the client who may be going through a challenging time,” he said.

In addition to his litigation practice, Burns has experience advising clients on intellectual property, including protecting trademarks; and addressing general data privacy and cybersecurity issues. He is accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States, the gold standard certification for information privacy professionals.

Burns earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, where he worked through the school's Startup Practicum assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners with transactional documents, prosecuting and successfully obtaining trademarks, and advising on potential liabilities. Burns earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.

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