K. King Burnett
Member: Wicomico County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Uniform Laws Commission (President, 2001-2003). Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation.(Contact Mr. Burnett)
Mr. Burnett's legal practice focuses on transactional and litigation matters involving commercial, contract, real estate, trusts and estates, land use and other civil matters. He has been involved in numerous mergers, business sales and acquisitions, commercial leases, commercial loans, and business transactions of every type. In addition, he is involved in estate planning and administration. He has appeared in Federal courts in Maryland, Virginia, Colorado and Kentucky as well as state courts in Maryland and Delaware. He regularly represents manufacturing companies, regional construction companies, a national trucking firm, an independent regional insurance agency, restaurants and other local and regional businesses. Mr. Burnett is also very active on a state and national level in law reform activities with committees of the Maryland State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Uniform Law Conference and the American Law Institute. For many years, he has served as one of Maryland's three Gubernatorially appointed representatives to the Uniform Law Conference (also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) where he has served on dozens of drafting committees and held numerous offices including serving as President in 2001-2003. This service, together with his work with the American Law Institute, has resulted in broad experience with leading experts in many areas of the law including the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, Uniform Limited Partnership and Limited Liability Company Acts, real property, trusts and estates, arbitration, charities and dozens of other subjects.
His educational experience in international and comparative law has led to involvement in development of private international law in conjunction with the Uniform Law Conferences' activities and the ACPIL Office of the U.S. State Department, as well as occasional engagements for clients in international transactions.
Mr. Burnett has also been an active participant in state, regional and community affairs, serving on the Executive Committee of the Greater Salisbury Committee and as legal counsel for the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Environmental Trust, a state agency concerned with the solicitation and administration of donated conservation easements. He also was a founder, Board Member and President of the Salisbury School, Inc., and the Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council, and has been active in matters involving historic preservation and downtown revitalization. He received the Rotary Four-Way Test Award in 2009, presented to those who exemplify the qualities of truth and fairness in dealing with others, and community service.
An elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an elected member of the American Bar Foundation and the Maryland Bar Foundation, he has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and on numerous committees with the Maryland State Bar Association including the Litigation Section Council, the Banking and Business Law Section Council, co-chair of the Environmental Law Section, and Judicial Selection Committee, among others.
In 2010, Mr. Burnett was awarded the H. Vernon Eney Endowment Fund Award by the Maryland Bar Foundation in recognition of his leadership in working to improve government and the administration of justice.
Mr. Burnett received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He received a L.L.M. degree in Comparative Law from New York University School of Law where he was a Ford Fellow, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Faculte de Droit, Sorbonne, Paris, France. When not in the office, Mr. Burnett finds time to follow the career of his youngest daughter, Erin Burnett, a CNN anchor and together with his wife Esther visit with their other two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Practice Areas: Business Law; Litigation; Corporate Law; Estate Law; General Practice.
Admitted: 1960, Virginia; 1961, Maryland; 1963, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
Law School: University of Virginia, J.D., 1960; Ford Fellow, New York University, LL.M. in Comparative Law, 1961
College: University of Virginia, B.A., 1957
Member: Wicomico County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Uniform Laws Commission (President, 2001-2003), American Law Institute.
Biography: Fulbright Scholar at Faculte de droit, Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1961-1962. Member, Governor's Commission to Revise the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1975-1980. Vice Chairman, Maryland State Development Council Task Force, 1981-1986. Member, American Law Institute (1996-). Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation.
Born: Mineola, New York, May 23, 1935