John Bursch represents Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. John recently argued and won his 11th U.S. Supreme Court case since 2011 (Lee v. United States)—more than all but a handful of attorneys. And he has argued 28 Michigan Supreme Court cases, including multiple arguments in eight consecutive Terms. John has successfully litigated hundreds of matters around the country, including five with more than $1 billion at stake. Recent victories include a favorable 8th Circuit opinion in an $80 million class-action dispute, and upholding the boundaries of Congressional District 23 on behalf of Texas Congressman Will Hurd.
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, with the 6th highest win rate among all lawyers with four or more 5-4 Supreme Court decisions since the 2005 Term. 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. John's work has resulted in repeated listings in Michigan Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, the latter for Appellate Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation, the former with a cover profile. Bursch Law is a Benchmark Litigation "Recommended firm," one of only 12 in Michigan, and Benchmark names John as a "State litigation star." John is also the principal author of the Michigan Supreme Court's Guide for Counsel.
John's clients have included Amway, The Dow Chemical Company, Innovation Ventures (5-hour Energy), Robert Bosch, SpartanNash, Tesla, and Whirlpool; the states of Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Utah; Canada; various Governors and Attorneys General; and the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John is also national appellate coordinating counsel for a Fortune 400 company.