Brian P. Burns is an American entrepreneur, attorney and philanthropist. A leader in the Irish-American community, Burns is a distinguished collector of Irish art. In December 2016, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported that then president-elect Donald Trump intended to name Burns as the next United States Ambassador to Ireland. However, in June 2017, Burns withdrew his name from consideration, due to ill health.
In 1959, at the age of 23, Brian P. Burns received a law degree from Harvard Law School. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1957. He is a graduate of St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, MA.
Personal Life & Family
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Brian P. Burns is a third-generation Irish-American who traces his ancestry to County Kerry in the South-West region of Ireland. Burns’s father, the Honorable John J. Burns (1901–1957), became a full professor of law at Harvard Law School at the age of 29, and sat on the Massachusetts Superior Court at age 30. Similarly, Burns Sr. was the first General Counsel to the newly formed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chaired by Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., and established by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934. Later, in 1936, after resigning his position as counsel to the SEC, Burns Sr. entered private legal practice as a senior partner in the firm of Burns, Currie, Rich and Rice of New York.
Brian P. Burns and his wife Eileen have eight children and fifteen grandchildren. During the presentation of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s American Free Enterprise medal to Brian P. Burns in 2012, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux remarked that Burns and wife Eileen were the second married couple to receive PBA’s highest awards, the American Free Enterprise medal and the Women of Distinction Award which Eileen Burns received in 2011.
Brian P. Burns is currently chairman of BF Enterprises, Inc., a publicly owned real estate holding and development company. Moreover, he was a partner at several law firms in San Francisco including, Burns & Whitehead (1978–1986). Similarly, Cullinan, Burns & Helmer (1975–1978); and Cullinan, Hancock, Rothert & Burns (since 1965–1974). Moreover, Burns was a director of the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, from 1979 to 1989 and served as the first Chairman of its Finance Committee. He also served as a director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, Inc. Further, he began his career as an associate at Webster, Sheffield, Fleischmann, Hitchcock & Brookfield in New York City (1960–1964). Later, in 1958–1959, he was Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.
On March 21, 2013, Brian P. Burns was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame alongside former Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden. He was introduced at the ceremony by John L. Lahey, President of Quinnipiac University. Lkewise, Burns received Palm Beach Atlantic University’s American Free Enterprise medal on November 8, 2012. Later, in 2013, Burns was inducted as a member of The Order of St. Patric. Similarly, a prestigious award created by Heritage Publishing to honor major achievements of Irish Americans.
Burns was featured in Patricia Harty’s 2000 book, The Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th Century, and named one of the top 100 Art Collectors by Arts and Antiques magazine in 1996. Also in 1996, Burns received the Eire Society of Boston’s Gold Medal award, an honor he shares with other well-known Irish and Irish-American figures, including the author Colm Tóibín and former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.
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Similarly, as per fsmllaw.com, A graduate of Harvard Law School at the age of 23 and the son of the first General Counsel to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Burns was a partner at several leading law firms in San Francisco, including Burns & Whitehead (1978-1986); Cullinan, Burns & Helmer (1975-1978); and Cullinan, Hancock, Rothert & Burns (1965-1974). He began his career as an associate at Webster, Sheffield, Fleischmann, Hitchcock & Brookfield in New York City (1960-1964). He was Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator of the S.E.C.’s New York Regional Office.
In 2001, Mr. Burns was named one of the “Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th Century” by Irish America Magazine.
- Full Name: Brian P. Burns
- Date of Birth: July 12, 1936
- Age: 83 years
- Birth place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Education: College of the Holy Cross, Harvard Law School
- Height: N/A
- Income: $1.8 Million
- Net Worth: $18 Million
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