Lavey and Burnett


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Senior partner in the Little Rock law firm of Lavey and Burnett. The law firm is exclusively engaged in the practice of union-side labor, employment and civil rights law.


U.S. Marine Corps JAG officer from 1958 to 1960. Legal assistant to Member John H. Fanning of the National Labor Relations Board from 1961 to 1963. A field attorney for the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board assigned to the Sixteenth Regional Office, Fort Worth, Texas, from 1963 to 1966. An associate with the Little Rock, Arkansas, law firm of McMath, Leatherman, Woods and Youngdahl from 1966 to 1969. A partner in the Little Rock, Arkansas, law firm of Walker, Kaplan, Lavey and Mays, which was the first integrated law firm in the State of Arkansas, from 1969 to 1971. The chief counsel for the Arkansas Department of Labor from 1971 to 1974.


Author of labor and employment law papers presented to the Arkansas Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Seminars and guest lecturer in labor and employment law at the Bowen School of Law of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and labor and employment law symposiums, over a period of 15 years. Chairperson of the Labor Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association for 1993-1994. In 1994, the Arkansas Bar Association chose Mr. Lavey and another attorney as the outstanding Continuing Legal Education planners. Since 1989, Mr. Lavey has been rated as one of the best labor and employment lawyers in Arkansas/America by Steven Naifeh and Gregory Smith.


Mr. Lavey has been on the Board of Directors of the History Institute of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since at least 1992. In 2001, Mr. Lavey became a member of the Board of Directors of Central High Museum, Inc..

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John L. Burnett was born and raised in Little Rock. He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1974, and his J.D. from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1977, where he was Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. He served as law clerk to the Hon. G. Thomas Eisele, Chief Judge, U. S. District Court, in Little Rock from 1977-1979. From 1979 to the present he has practiced labor and civil rights law, representing unions and individuals, and is a partner in the firm of Lavey and Burnett. He has been listed in Smith & Naifeh, The Best Lawyers in America, for over 15 years, and is rated "A/V" by Martindale-Hubble. He is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the Arkansas Bar Association.

John L. Burnett is also actively involved with the ACLU. He has served the ACLU as a cooperating attorney in various cases since 1980. He has served as the Arkansas affiliate's volunteer legal director for over a decade and currently chairs the Board's legal committee. He was elected to the Arkansas ACLU Board of Directors in 1987 and has served continuously since then. In 1989 he was elected President of the Board, and served in that office through 1994. He served as the affiliate's member on the ACLU National Board from 1997-2001.