Michael P. Burns, J.D., LL.M.

Paralegal: John Kelly (John.Kelly@brownandstreza.com)

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Michael Burns is a corporate and real estate attorney who represents public and private entities seeking legal counsel on their business and financial objectives. His corporate practice consists of entity selection and formation, securities and employment arrangements, preparation of letters of intent, purchase and sale of businesses, and general corporate representation.

In the area of real estate, Michael represents builders, developers, and investors in the leasing, purchase, sale, and development of commercial real property.

Michael counsels individuals and entities on the federal income tax impact of corporate and real estate transactions, including advising on the tax effect of mergers and acquisitions, partnership allocations, and IRC §1031 exchange requirements. He advocates on behalf of clients in front of the IRS, California Franchise Tax Board, and State Board of Equalization.

Michael earned both his Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. He also has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Brown & Streza LLP, Irvine, California – Attorney – 2017-Present
  • Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP, San Diego, California – Attorney – 2015-2017
  • Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, LLP, Irvine, California – Attorney – 2014-2015
  • Varner & Brandt LLP, Riverside, California – Attorney – 2011-2014
  • Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley – Associate – 2009-2010
  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego School of Law – 2009
  • Juris Doctor, University of San Diego School of Law – 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of the Pacific – 2005
  • “Proposed Guidance Under Internal Revenue Code Section 717 Relating to Disguised Sales of Property”, California Tax Lawyer, Spring 2014
  • Upland Chamber of Commerce – Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • State Bar of California - Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Orange County Bar Association - Member
  • Business Law Section, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Standing Committee – Former Member