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Attorney makes bid for high court

Tim Burns

MADISON — Madison attorney Tim Burns announced his candidacy Monday for Wisconsin Supreme Court, almost one year out from the 2018 election.

Justice Michael Gableman's term expires in April 2018.

This announcement comes two weeks after Justice Gableman and four other justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused a proposal requiring judges to recuse themselves from cases involving big campaign donors.

The Court's decision violates citizens' rights to a fair and impartial court, Burns said in a prepared statement.

"I'm running for Supreme Court because I believe in our democracy," Burns said. "I believe our country works best when everyone has a voice in governing, not just special interests and wealthy donors. I believe in democracy because it affirms the dignity and value of each person, no matter how wealthy or how poor, no matter their education, no matter their race, no matter their creed. I also believe that the strength of our economy is inextricably tied to the strength of our democracy. When our democracy is strong, our economy is strong."

Burns is a partner at a law firm in Madison. He is a former co-chairman of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association.

A graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, he is licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. Burns national practice focuses on making insurance companies live up to their obligations to their policyholders.

"When I was young, our courts were the great equalizer," Burns said. "They made sure that everybody got a fair shot. Now our courts have become the tools of special interests and their efforts to obtain opportunities for themselves. Those special interests are now getting a free ride, and they are weakening our democracy to make sure their free ride continues. That has to stop."