John Bursch represents Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. John has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2011 and 32 state supreme court cases, including 30 in the Michigan Supreme Court. John has successfully litigated hundreds of matters around the country, including five with more than $1 billion at stake. Recent victories include a 6th Circuit opinion reinstating a multi-million-dollar commercial case on behalf of 5-hour ENERGY®, a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling vindicating a Certificate of Need for DTE Energy's proposed billion-dollar, natural-gas plant, and a win for the financial services industry, reversing an adverse decision regarding how financial corporations calculate their Michigan taxes. His current matters include a challenge to Michigan's new redistricting commission, representation of the Michigan Legislature defending a law that requires ballot initiatives to demonstrate broad geographic support, and litigation on behalf of former legislators seeking to invalidate Michigan's term limits, the strictest and harshest in the nation.
A recent study found that over the 2012-15 Terms, John's Supreme Court cert. petitions had one of the highest grant rates in the country. Another included John on "a veritable who's who of Supreme Court litigators" list. Yet another concluded that among frequent U.S. Supreme Court advocates who were not part of the federal government, John was the 3rd-most successful at winning Justices' votes for his position. Overall, John has compiled a Supreme Court merits record that the National Law Journal observed "even more veteran high court advocates would envy."
John is one of only seven Michigan lawyers inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and one of only 62 Michigan attorneys serving as a Member of the American Law Institute. Michigan Super Lawyers has recognized him with a cover profile and "Top Ten" ranking among all Michigan attorneys. John has also enjoyed repeated listings in Best Lawyers for Appellate Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation. Bursch Law is a Benchmark Litigation "Recommended firm," one of only 12 in Michigan, and Benchmark names John as a "State litigation star."
John's clients have included DTE Energy, The Dow Chemical Company, Flagstar Bank, Innovation Ventures (5-hour Energy), TCF Bank, Tesla, and TruGreen; the states of Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah; Canada; various Governors and Attorneys General; and the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John has also served as national appellate coordinating counsel for a Fortune 400 insurance company.