Professional Details

Daniel Burns
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
I help couples who are seeking a legal separation or a divorce avoid a hurtful and costly court battle. I focus my practice on Divorce and Family Mediation and provide Divorce Mediation training thoughout New York state.

Professional Background

I am an attorney with over 30 years of experience in matrimonial law and recently retired as Niskayuna Town Judge after 12 years on the bench. I was formerly the President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation


Over the past 16 years I have worked with over 3,000 individuals to successfully mediate legal separations and/or divorces.


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 a copy of my Mediation Workbook and Guide that contains a financial checklist and parenting information so couples can prepare for each mediation session. Unlike litigation, which encourages you to establish hard positions based on the belief that there is a winner (and loser), mediation is designed to help each of you to examine your 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.


My rates are extremely reasonable especially when compared to the cost of divorce litigation. Contact me to find out my current rates, or visit my website at for additional information.

Other Information

I am currently the immediate past president of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, am an Advanced Practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and belong to the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. I also am 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)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.