Bursch Law PLLC concentrates on complex litigation matters involving high-stakes issues, substantial publicity, and the highest levels of the court system. With a regular U.S. Supreme Court practice and a dominant Michigan Supreme Court presence, John represents some of the nation's largest and most respected companies as well as States, Governors, Attorney Generals, and other public officials. 


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 eight Distinguished Brief Awards for Michigan Supreme Court litigation.

  • Supreme Court & Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Contract Litigation
  • Constitutional/Public Law
  • Election Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Liberty & Conscience Litigation
  • Tax
  • Tort/Product Liability
  • Trusts & Estates

"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]