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The Honorable Larry Alan Burns

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Department 14A

Biography

The Hon. Larry Alan Burns is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in May 2003 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2003. Judge Burns was selected to serve as Chief Judge for the Southern District in 2019. Prior to his nomination to serve as a District Judge, he had served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District since 1997.

Judge Burns received his B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1976. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1979.

After graduating from law school, Burns became a deputy district attorney with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office in 1979. He held that position until 1985 when he then joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California as an assistant U.S. Attorney. Burns was then selected to serve as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California twelve years later.

During his time on the District Court, Judge Burns has sat by designation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has also sat on assignment in Idaho, Guam and the Southern District of New York. Some of his high-profile cases have involved sentencing a former U.S. Representative to federal prison for accepting bribes from military contractors and also sentencing the head of the notorious Arrellano-Felix drug cartel to life in prison. He has also been a supporter of the ban on assault weapons after serving as the presiding judge in the case involving mass-murderer Jared Lee Loughner, who was accused of killing six people and injuring 12 others, including the former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, at a political rally in Tucson, Arizona.

Judge Burns has served as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Education

J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law (1979)

B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University (1976)

Career

U.S. Magistrate Judge at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego County, California (1997 to 2003)

Assistant U.S. Attorney at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California in San Diego County, California (1985 to 1997)

Deputy District Attorney at San Diego County District Attorney's Office in San Diego County, California (1979 to 1985)

Recent Rulings by Hon Larry Alan Burns

  • POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST. V. CHENG EX REL. CHENG

    Sep 26, 2011 | 

    821 F. Supp. 2d 1197 (2011) POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff, v. Katelyn CHENG, by and through her parents Jerry CHENG and Ann Cheng, Defendants. Case No. 10CV0897-LAB (POR). United States District Court, S.D. California. September 26, 2011. Marlon C. Wadlington, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud and Rom...

  • PRINGLE V. DL RUNNELS

    Jan 25, 2011 | 

    767 F. Supp. 2d 1142 (2011) David PRINGLE, Petitioner, v. D.L. RUNNELS, et al., Respondents. Case No. 07cv1960-LAB (POR). United States District Court, S.D. California. January 25, 2011. Devin Jai Burstein, Steven Hubachek, Douglas Keller, Federal Defenders of San Diego, San Diego, CA, for Petitioner. Atto...

  • QUECHAN TRIBE V. US DEPT. OF INTERIOR

    Dec 15, 2010 | 

    755 F. Supp. 2d 1104 (2010) QUECHAN TRIBE OF the FORT YUMA INDIAN RESERVATION, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF the INTERIOR, et al., Defendants. Case No. 10cv2241-LAB (CAB). United States District Court, S.D. California. December 15, 2010. Bryan R. Snyder, Law...

  • EASTER V. CDC

    Mar 9, 2010 | 

    694 F. Supp. 2d 1177 (2010) Charles EASTER, Plaintiff, v. CDC, et al., Defendants. Case No. 09cv0555-LAB (RBB). United States District Court, S.D. California. March 9, 2010. Charles Easter, Chino, CA, pro se. Attorney General, State of California Office of the Attorney General, San Diego, CA, Susan E. Cole...

  • ALVARADO V. CAJUN OPERATING CO.

    Dec 11, 2009 | 

    588 F.3d 1261 (2009) Tannislado ALVARADO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CAJUN OPERATING COMPANY, dba AFC Enterprises, Inc., Defendant-Appellee. No. 08-15549. United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Argued and Submitted June 2, 2009. Filed December 11, 2009. Richard M. Martinez, Law Office of Richard M. Ma...

  • TANNISLADO ALVARADO V. CAJUN OPERATING COMPANY

    Dec 11, 2009 | 

    TANNISLADO ALVARADO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CAJUN OPERATING COMPANY, dba AFC Enterprises, Inc., Defendant-Appellee. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona Cindy K. Jorgenson, District Judge, Presiding Argued and Submitted June 2, 2009—Las Vegas, Nevada Filed December 11, ...

  • HUTTON V. LAW OFFICES OF COLLINS & LAMORE

    Nov 9, 2009 | 

    668 F. Supp. 2d 1251 (2009) Chris R. HUTTON, Plaintiff, v. LAW OFFICES OF COLLINS & LAMORE, Defendant. Case No. 09CV0752-LAB (CAB). United States District Court, S.D. California. November 9, 2009. Amir Vafaei, Joshua Swigart, Hyde & Swigart, San Diego, CA, for Plaintiff. Valerie Garcia Hong, Pettit Kohn In...

  • MESA GRANDE BAND OF MISSION INDIANS V. SALAZAR

    Sep 25, 2009 | 

    657 F. Supp. 2d 1169 (2009) MESA GRANDE BAND OF MISSION INDIANS, Plaintiff, v. Kenneth L. SALAZAR, Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, and Does 1-100, Defendants. Case No. 08cv1544-LAB (NLS). United States District Court, S.D. California. September 25, 2009. Edgar B. Washburn, Shaye ...

  • JOE HAND PROMOTIONS, INC. V. STRESHLY

    Sep 14, 2009 | 

    655 F. Supp. 2d 1136 (2009) JOE HAND PROMOTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, v. David William STRESHLY, individually and dba Rolling Stone Pizza Factory; and Scotsumy Corporation, an unknown business entity dba Rolling Stone Pizza Factory, Defendants. Case No. 08CV2390-LAB (LSP). United States District Court, S.D. Ca...

  • EVERY NATION CAMPUS MINISTRIES V. ACHTENBERG

    Feb 6, 2009 | 

    597 F. Supp. 2d 1075 (2009) EVERY NATION CAMPUS MINISTRIES AT SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, a student organization at San Diego State University, et al., Plaintiffs, v. ACHTENBERG, et al., Defendants. Case No. 05CV2186-LAB (AJB). United States District Court, S.D. California. February 6, 2009. Jeremy D. Tede...

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