Erlmest E. Burns, III, J.D.

Attorney at Law, Massachusetts, USA


Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers 2021: "Ones to Watch 2021" in the field of construction law in Germany
FOCUS Magazine’s Top-Law Firms in Germany (2020 and 2021)


Mr. Burns is an international construction lawyer and has been an attorney at Breyer Rechtsanwälte since 2018. Based in Stuttgart, Erl is a member of Dr. Breyer’s International Team and assists clients with specialized contentious and non-contentious matters related to international construction law and private international law.
Erl advises on international standard form construction contracts (including FIDIC, NEC, JCT, AIA). An invaluable member of the International Team, one of Erl’s key strengths is his ability to advise clients and manage complex international negotiations in both German and English.
Prior to joining the firm, Erl worked for a local Boston-based law firm specialized in commercial law and small business management. In addition, he was also a Massachusetts Bar Examination Teacher and a professional language instructor (English and German), who is qualified to teach integration courses in Germany.
Erl also assists Dr. Wolfgang Breyer with administering the International Construction Law Master’s program at the University of Stuttgart and the International Construction Law Association (ICLA).
In his spare time, he is a soccer enthusiast and referee in the Landesliga (WFV).

Attorney and Counselor-at-Law, Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (USA)
Doctor of Laws (J.D.), Suffolk University School of Law (USA)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), German, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (USA)

Research Activity

"Construction & Engineering Law and Regulations 2021 - Germany", in: The International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG), by Global Legal Group (GLG), August 2021
"Country Comparative Guide 2021 - Construction Germany" in: The Legal 500, Mai 2021
"Construction & Engineering Law and Regulations 2020 - Germany", in: The International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG), by Global Legal Group (GLG), August 2020