Guy is the firm’s managing partner. He has over 40 years of trial experience with over 100 trials in State and Federal Courts, as well as dozens of trials conducted before arbitration panels. He primarily represents plaintiffs in complex commercial, securities, financial malpractice and consumer fraud litigation and in class actions, generally on a contingency fee basis. He also represents defendants in selected large, complex commercial disputes. He has successfully represented plaintiffs in numerous disputes against brokerage firms, investment advisers, insurance companies, law firms, accounting firms and other corporate and financial institutions. Guy has represented clients who have record-setting awards and settlements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
Guy has a long history of representing plaintiffs on a pro bono basis in numerous public interest cases in both State and Federal Courts. These cases have arisen out of discrimination based upon race, gender and sexual orientation. He has also represented plaintiffs in litigating constitutional claims relating to education and public housing.
Guy has been listed for many years as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for commercial and financial litigation, and he has regularly been named to the lists of “Florida’s Legal Elite”, “Bet the Company Trial Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers”. For 2013, he was named by Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Banking and Financial Litigation. He has now been named as “Lawyer of the Year” three times in the categories dealing with securities and financial litigation.
Distinctions & Memberships
- The Best Lawyers in America© since 1999, in the fields of
- Litigation – Banking and Finance
- Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
- Litigation – Securities, Securities / Capital Markets Law
- American Bar Association Member
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Hillsborough County Bar Association Member
- Admitted to The Florida Bar – 1973
- University of Missouri B.A. – 1970; J.D. – 1973
- 30 Lawyers from Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP Recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America®” 2018 and Two Partners as “Lawyer of the Year” in Their Areas of Practice
- Johnson Pope Lawyers Named 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”
- FINRA Arbitration Panel Finds Investment Banking Firm Morgan Stanley Smith Barney And Two Of Its Stockbrokers Exploited And Defrauded The Estate Of Former Home Shopping Network Founder Roy M. Speer And His Foundation, Reports Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns
- Best Lawyers 2016
- ‘Florida Super Lawyers’ Recognizes 17 Attorneys from Johnson Pope
- Qui Tam “Whistleblower” Lawsuits Protect Government Against Fraud
- 14 JP Lawyers Listed as “Best Lawyers 2014”
- Guy Burns Named “Lawyer of the Year”