Elizabeth A. Burns


Elizabeth Burns is a partner in the Walnut Creek office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare Practice. She specializes in the defense of healthcare providers including acute care and sub acute hospitals, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, physicians, nurses, group homes for the disabled, home health agencies, residential board and care homes and other health care facilities. Throughout California, Ms. Burns has successfully tried, arbitrated and mediated high-exposure cases involving allegations of catastrophic injury, elder abuse, wrongful death, medical malpractice and fraud. She also has extensive experience in preventative risk management for acute care hospitals and long term care facilities.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California



Awards & Honors

Distinguished Defense Attorney of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2022


Santa Clara University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1995

  • Honors Moot Court Semi-Finalist, 1994
  • Honors Moot Court Board, 1994-1995

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 1990

  •  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors (Concentration: British Politics)
  •  Bachelor of Arts in History (Concentration: British Imperial Policy in India)
  •  History thesis recommended for publication
  •  Hansard Scholar at University of London, 1987
  •  Intern in House of Commons, London, 1987
  •  University of California Honors Society

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