Best & Flanagan


John A. Burton


John A. Burton is a member of the firm’s Private Wealth Planning practice area. He serves individuals with personal estate planning needs, individuals acting as trustees or personal representatives, and corporate trustees. He works extensively with families to develop multi-generational wealth transfer plans.

John has been named a Fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has consistently been named among the Best Lawyers in America and a Super Lawyer in Minnesota. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970-1978 in the Transportation Corps and the Judge Advocate General Corps.

Active in a range of community activities, John has served on the Church Council and Planned Giving Board of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and is a member of the Minnesota Valley Country Club.


  • University of Iowa, M.B.A., 1976
  • University of Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 1972
  • University of Iowa, B.B.A. in Finance, 1969

Practice Areas


  • State of Illinois, 1973
  • State of Minnesota, 1977

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Probate Committee