John J. Burns Named Attorney General
November 30, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced the appointment of Fairbanks attorney John J. Burns to serve as Alaska’s attorney general.
Burns, a partner in the law firm Borgeson & Burns, will succeed Attorney General Dan Sullivan, who becomes the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources on December 6.
“John Burns is an extraordinary attorney who is committed to Alaskans’ interests,” Governor Parnell said. “With his legal experience, integrity, and understanding of legal issues at all levels, he will make an outstanding attorney general.”
Burns received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a juris doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at UAF, teaching graduate and undergraduate business law courses. Prior to establishing the law firm of Borgeson & Burns in 1999, Burns worked for Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot.
“As a lifelong Alaskan, I welcome the challenge and opportunity to serve this great state and Governor Parnell’s administration,” Burns said. “This is a true honor and privilege. I look forward to focusing my energy and efforts with the Department of Law in addressing the many legal issues that the state will face while securing our economic future.”
Burns is a member of the board of directors of Hospice of the Tanana Valley and serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for UAF. He is also a participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Burns is an avid sport fisherman and spent many seasons commercial fishing in Bristol Bay.