Professional Details

Daniel Burns
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Burns Mediation

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1187 Troy Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
Fax: 518-785-9286


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Since 1995 I have been helped over 3500 couples who were seeking a legal separation or a divorce avoid a hurtful and costly court battle.

Professional Background

I am an attorney with almost 40 years of experience in matrimonial law. I spent 12 years on the bench as a Town Justice and served on the board and as President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.


Over the past 24 years I have worked with over 3,500 couples seeking a legal separation or a divorce. I have also conducted divorce mediation training throughout New York state and am a regular presenter at the Annual Conference for the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.


I received a BA from Union College in 1974 and a JD from Albany Law School in 1980.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
12/1997    Jack Himmelstein    The Center for Mediation in Law
11/1999    James Melamed    The Mediation Center of Eugene Oregon
03/2002    Robert Baruch Bush    From Problem Solving to Transformative Practice


I provide each couple with an on line Mediation Form that they can complete prior to the first meeting. I also provide my clients with a Mediation Guide that contains a Law Summary and suggestions on how to increase the likelihood of a successful mediation. My approach is designed to help each person examine his/her goals and interests in order to find a solution that works for both of you. My role in this process is to help you communicate better, to offer suggestions or ideas of ways to resolve your conflict, to provide you with legal information when needed and to make sure each of you is considering the long-term consequences of your decisions.


Contact me to find out my current rates, or visit my website at for additional information.

Other Information

I am an Advanced Practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, am a current member and past president of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and am a member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. I am also responsible for establishing the legal precedent that allows attorney mediators in New York to prepare legal documents for couples seeking a divorce.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues) (1,800 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (1,200 mediated)
  • Family (10 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (3 mediated)
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.