Mr. Burian practices primarily in civil litigation, trial in state and federal courts, and alternative dispute resolution. He brings a range of experience in multiple areas of law to his advice and advocacy in complex matters. While his focus is on defending against claims and reducing risk for clients, he also prosecutes plaintiff cases. Mr. Burian is experienced in litigation involving production and use of Electronically Stored Information under federal and state rules. He enjoys his practice most during trial before juries and judges, but he makes creative opportunities to narrow or resolve disputes when in the best economic interests of his clients.
Mr. Burian is a native of Eastern Iowa. He enjoys spending free time by participating in a variety of civic and philanthropic activities with his family. He brings a diverse array of personal, military, and hands-on work experiences to his practice of law.
Personal Injury, Premises and Product Liability. Mr. Burian represents clients in a broad range of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. Although he successfully handles cases involving unusual facts, representative cases involve claims of negligent operation of motor vehicles or equipment, and claims of defective design or design in commercial and consumer products.
Construction and Design Litigation. Mr. Burian represents engineers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and owners in construction and design disputes on public and private construction projects. His experience ranges from allocation of responsibilities in the initial contracting phase to resolution and litigation of matters that arise well after final acceptance of the project.
Commercial Litigation and Business Torts. Mr. Burian represents companies and individuals in cases involving breach of contract, trade secrets, trade marks, breaches of fiduciary duty, interference with contract, and non-competition covenants. The particular subject matters of cases are as diverse as the businesses in the economy, but examples of matters include livestock contracts, use of restaurant names, misappropriation of customer information, land use disputes, and financing torts.
Insurance. Mr. Burian represents several insurance companies. In addition to defending policy holders in all areas of covered claims, Mr. Burian advises insurance carriers on application and interpretation of policies, coverage disputes, business considerations, and strategic analysis of claims before lawsuits are filed.
Health Care Oversight. Mr. Burian represents individuals and organizations providing health care in matters involving administrative oversight. Representative matters include audits of billing procedures and investigations of sentinel events (unexpected patient outcomes) by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Eight SPMB Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Contributions Matthew J. Brandes, Phil Brooks, Phil A. Burian, Paul Gamez, Larry Gutz, Mike McDonough, Kyle W. Wilcox, and Susan H. Willey have been recognized by the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) for donating hours of legal assistance through Iowa’s volunteer lawyer projects and other pro bono activities. The Pro Bono Honor Roll includes attorneys who reported from July 2012 – June 2013 that they had closed one or more pro bono referral cases. In addition to taking cases, many attorneys provide valuable assistance to the legal services community by talking with clients, training and research, serving as mediators and as support to the court.