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Yancy Brian Burns

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Practice Areas:

  • Workers' Compensation Claims
  • Premises Liability (Slip and Fall) Claims
  • Car & Truck Wrecks


Yancy has served as lead counsel in approximately forty (40) state court jury trials, fifteen (15) bench trials, and more than two hundred (200) Mississippi Workers' Compensation hearings. Yancy was selected as a 2013 - 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyer and is Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney.  Yancy also received a Preeminent client review rating by Martindale Hubbell. He was a member of the Bench-Bar Committee, Mississippi Bar Association (2006-2008), and the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Educational Committee (2007-2008). He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, a certified member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBOTA), and Board Certified member of the Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy section of the NBOTA.

Military Training

Yancy is a former U.S. Army Armor Officer and combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a Battalion staff officer assigned to 1-198th Armor Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team, An Najaf, Iraq. During his tour in Iraq, he also served as the Judicial & Security Liaison Officer to Najaf & Karbala provincial judicial system (U.S. Army; Operation Iraqi Freedom III, 2005-2006). He was honorably discharged at the rank and grade of Major while serving as a Plans Officer & Support Operations Officer, MSARNG.


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Corporations
  • University of Mississippi
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: Army ROTC
    • Honors: Distinguished Military Graduate
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Mississippi, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1998
  • Tribal Court of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998

Publications and Presentations 

  • Litigating Slip, Trip & Fall Cases in Mississippi, National Business Institute, June 2013
  • Medicare Set-Asides in Workers’ Compensation, National Business Institute, February 2014
  • Voir Dire and Jury Selection, National Business Institute, April 2015
  • Workers’ Compensation from A to Z, National Business Institute, July 2015
  • Damages in Personal Injury, National Business Institute, March 2017
  • Advanced Issues in Workers’ Compensation, National Business Institute, July 2017
  • Ethical, Medical, Legal & Vocational Aspects of Injury, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, MS Chapter, February 2018
  • Auto Injury Litigation: the Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute, July 2019
  • Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim, National Business Institute, July 2019
  • Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff Strategies, National Business Institute, June 2020
  • Law Office Management in the Age of Millennials, Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, March 18, 2021.
  • Workers’ Compensation in Mississippi: Critical Essentials from Both Sides of the Aisle, National Business Institute, June 11, 2021
  • Damages & Liens in Personal Injury, National Business Institute, July 2021