Casey M. Burns is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law. While at Stetson, Ms. Burns was on the board of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and worked to organize events to inform students of the importance of equality in the legal field. Ms. Burns also volunteered with the Bay Area Legal Services' Family Forms Clinic, where she assisted indigent clients in filling out vital legal forms, such as applying to receive child and spousal support. Ms. Burns completed her undergraduate education at the University of Tampa, where she graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Government and World Affairs. While at the University of Tampa, Ms. Burns traveled the country competing for the National Collegiate Moot Court Competition, learning to advocate and present oral arguments. Ms. Burns has been a member of the O'Brien Hatfield team since 2013, beginning as a receptionist before becoming a legal intern, and ultimately, an associate.
As a woman, why did you choose criminal defense?
I have felt drawn to the legal profession for as long as I can remember. While in college I started applying to law school, and I already knew that I enjoyed criminal defense because of my internships at O'Brien Hatfield. However, once I started law school I learned quickly that women are severely underrepresented in criminal defense, especially here in the south. I feel honored to work as a woman in a male-dominated field in the hope of continuing to move our profession towards equality.
Are you a member of the Florida Bar?
I passed the Florida bar exam on my first attempt. I graduated from Stetson University College of Law, which is ranked first in the nation for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report. I received the top grade in several of my classes in law school. At Stetson, I worked with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to host events to educate students on the importance of equality in the legal profession. My experience in law school provided me with the tools necessary to practice law with competence and skill.
Where did you go to college?
I attended the University of Tampa for my undergraduate education, where I graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Government and World Affairs. While attending the University of Tampa, I was on the board of Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law legal fraternity tasked with preparing students to get into the top law schools. Also at the University of Tampa, I competed around the country on the National Collegiate Moot Court Competition team, where I learned to present effective oral arguments and advocate for clients.
Did you intern while in law school?
I have interned with O'Brien Hatfield, PA, since September of 2013. I began working for O'Brien Hatfield answering the phones. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I worked as a legal assistant. Once in law school, I returned to O'Brien Hatfield both throughout the school year and over summer breaks to work as a legal intern. During my internships, I learned how to be an exceptional attorney while directly working with
Mark J. O'Brien, Victoria E. Hatfield, and Rachael E. Reese. My internships, and observations of their work as attorneys, taught me that being an effective attorney requires around-the-clock care for your clients and your cases.
Areas Of Practice
- State Appeals
- State Post-Conviction Motions
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, pro hac vice
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, pro hac vice
- Plea Bargaining: A Practice of Convenience or a Line-Crossing System of Coercion, Stetson Law Advocacy Journal, 2018