John is one of only seven Michigan lawyers inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is also a member of the American Law Institute. He has enjoyed repeated listings in Best Lawyers (for Bet-the-Company, Commercial, and Appellate Litigation), Michigan Super Lawyers (including a Top 10 in Michigan listing), and Benchmark Litigation (which has described him as a "State litigation star"). Best Lawyers has recognized John twice as a "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice and once for Bet-the-Company Litigation.


National commentators have described John's oral advocacy as "unflappable" and his demeanor "excellent." "He's sure-footed, never wavers from his coherent theory of the case, leaves nothing on the table, and ends on exactly the right note." John has received three Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General for his work in the U.S. Supreme Court, and a record nine Distinguished Brief Awards for Michigan Supreme Court litigation.

"His performance during [Schuette v. Coalition to Defend] was typical of his appearances before the court--unflappable in the face of sustained, and at times hostile, questioning . . ." [Associated Press]

"Between March 2011 and the end of 2013, Mr. Bursch will have appeared for oral arguments in more than 6% of all of the cases before the high court during that time." [The Wall Street Journal]

"John Bursch is the name partner and litigator behind the curtain, boasting an impressive track record arguing before the Michigan and US Supreme Courts." [Benchmark Litigation]

John is "one of Michigan's legal big guns," whose "extensive appellate cases have spanned numerous areas of law - business and environmental litigation, intellectual property disputes, election law and constitutional challenges." [Crain's Detroit Business]