Susan Burns is a business lawyer who specializes in guiding businesses using steady or rapid growth strategies depending on their needs. Her practice serves various industries from service providers, microbiology consultants, and tech startups, to innovative industries such as sustainable food businesses and cannabis farmers and sellers.
Susan functions as the on-call business partner to her clients.. As general counsel and strategic business advisor she finds creative solutions to unexpected issues—including partnering with trusted professionals from her extensive network when necessary. Susan loves interacting with socially engaged clients and audiences.
Susan’s career has focused on “doing well by doing good,” and one of her guiding principles is “a bit of world-bettering is always encouraged.” She thrives on working with businesses that are making a buck and a positive impact on society. Before starting her own law firm, Susan’s work ranged from general practice with small law firms to large-scale litigation with leading Minnesota firms.
Susan holds leadership roles in the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, serving as Deputy to the Chair-Elect and as Co-Chair of the Food, Ag, and Cannabis Committee. She is also a board member of the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force.
A Minnesota native, Susan earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell-Hamline) and her B.A. from the College of St. Benedict. She holds an LL.M. in Food and Agriculture Law from the University of Arkansas. She is the founding partner of the law firm, S Burns & Associates LLC.