Perry Dampf


Robert J. Burns, Jr.

Robert J. Burns, Jr. was graduated from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law in 1991. He entered private practice immediately and has been almost exclusively involved in litigation matters since that time, serving as lead counsel in trials in 17 different Louisiana parishes.

In 2002, he was nominated by the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association to the first class of "Leadership LSBA." In 2005, he was elected to the Baton Rouge Bar Association Board of Directors and continues that service today. He has also served as an elected member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates since 2004 and is a partner with the law firm of Perry, Balhoff, Mengis & Burns, L.L.C. He is also a mediator, having established a mediation practice in 2000. He is a partner and managing member of Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions, a mediation firm founded in that same year. Mr. Burns has conducted more than 2,000 mediations and in 2009 completed the Harvard Negotiation Institute Course on Mediation.

Mr. Burns has four sons and is married to Melissa Reeves Burns of New Roads, Louisiana.

Areas of Concentration

Employment Law


General Casualty

Transportation Law

Premise Liability


B.A., Louisiana State University (1988)

J.D., Louisiana State University School of Law (1991)


Served as mediator in over 2,000 matters

Over 150 Trials in 17 Different Parishes

Twenty-seven years of practice in Insurance, Personal Injury and General Casualty

Court Appointed Mediator and Arbitrator since 1998

Secretary/Treasurer of Louisiana State Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2012

Section Council Member of Louisiana State Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010-present

American College of Civil Trial Mediators®, Distinguished Fellow since 2010

Harvard Negotiation Institute Program on Mediation, Sep. 2009

Elected to the Louisiana State Bar Association
House of Delegates, 2004-2006

Member, 2003 Class, Leadership LSBA

Past Speaker and 2003 Co-chair of LSBA Annual Seminar
"Practicing Law -The Early Years"


“That was a difficult and emotional case.  I thought you did a really good job of not getting upset with my clients.  You kept us focused and got the job done.”

“…Bubby went out of his way to keep the negotiations going and tirelessly made himself available – even over the weekends, which ultimately prompted an acceptable resolution…”

“Bubby was exceptional in helping the parties to find common ground, and the case settled that afternoon.  …  My clients felt that they had been treated with respect by the mediator and were very satisfied with the outcome.”

“Your expertise was crucial in getting both sides together to arrive at the ultimate settlement figure.”