When attorney Peter Burnett first moved into his office on Loudoun Street near Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, a friend told him that he was making a huge mistake.
“He said it was so far out of town,” said Mayor Kelly Burk when she recounted the story. While Leesburg has grown, Burnett has remained a major player in town.
Leesburg Town Council signed a proclamation to honor Burnett on June 11 for his milestone work in Loudoun and for being inducted into the 2019 Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.
The Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame honors lawyers 60 years of age and older who have contributed to the quality of justice in the commonwealth.
Burnett was also recently voted for inclusion into the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America.
Burnett opened a practice in Leesburg in 1978 and founded Leesburg’s first personal injury specialty practice, Burnett & Williams, in 1988.
During his career, he has broken Loudoun and Virginia records for the highest wrongful death verdict, with settlements going into seven digits.
Burnett has served the state and community on multiple commissions, as well. He has served as the chairman of the Diversity Conference and the Judicial Nominations Committee for the Virginia State Bar and was appointed chair of the Virginia Racing Commission.
In Leesburg, he took a leading role on the reconstruction of the county courthouse.
When council presented the proclamation, Burnett thanked council for its cooperation and service to the community: “There’s no better letter in the alphabet than an ampersand,” he said.