Donnelly Nelson Depolo
Murray & Efremsky
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Frances Burns

Frances Burns

Walnut Creek, California
Ms. Burns is a native Californian who grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2008.  While there, Ms. Burns received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Health Law. She was also the beneficiary of a number of awards and honors for her performance in both intra-school and outside Moot Court competitions and was selected for the U.C. Davis National Moot Court team.
Ms. Burns joined the firm in 2015 and practices in the areas of medical malpractice, elder and dependent adult abuse and medical professional advocacy.  Since 2008, she has been working in the defense of physicians, allied health professionals and entities in civil proceedings as well as in the disciplinary setting before a licensing board.  Ms. Burns is licensed to practice law in the State of California and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • University of California, Davis School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, 2008
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • B.A., Political Science, 2004


Our Office

Donnelly Nelson Depolo
Murray & Efremsky
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

201 North Civic Drive
Suite 239
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-287-8181
Fax: 925-287-8188
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