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J. Philip Burt

Of Counsel

Phil Burt has been practicing law since 1961, and was honored for his 50 years of service by the Allen County Bar Association in 2011. After graduating from the University of Michigan with both his Bachelor of Arts and L.L.B., he helped draft Indiana's first civil rights litigation and served as first legal counsel for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

In 2005, Mr. Burt was the recipient of the American Bar Association's prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award. Throughout his practice, he has represented numerous pro bono clients and helped establish a pro bono assistance program at a local church long before a volunteer lawyer initiative was established in Fort Wayne. Mr. Burt served on the Indiana Pro Bono Commission from 1999 to 2005, and served as the Commission's chair from 2002 to 2005.

Bar Admissions:

  • Indiana, 1961


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    1958 - Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    1961 - L.L.B.

Areas of Practice:

  • Banking
  • Commercial Lending
  • Real Estate
  • Mortgages

Professional Affiliations:

  • Allen County Bar Association (Past President)
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee (Past Member and Chair)
  • Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • American Bar Association, National Peer Consulting Team (2002-2005)
  • Tax Court of the United States


  • Recipient, American Bar Association 2005 Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Author, Indiana Depositions and Discovery, 1967
  • Author, Legal Malpractice in Real Estate Transactions, 1988
  • Author, 1977 Police & Fire Pension Fund for the State of Indiana
  • Author, Nationwide Retail Banking Manual, Bank of America

Community Involvement:

  • Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust