Charles W. Burson


Charles W. Burson

Senior Lecturer in Law


B.A., 1966, University of Michigan
M.A., 1968, Cambridge University
J.D., 1970, Harvard University

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-8166


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 592


Nancy Cummings - (314) 935-7967

Courses Taught

Fall 2009: Supreme Court & Presidential Elections Seminar; Corporations. 
Fall 2008: Lawyer's Role in Corporate Crisis Management; Supreme Court & Presidential Elections Seminar
Fall 2007: The Legacy of Bush v. Gore


Charles Burson has an extensive professional career including Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Monsanto Company from 2001-2006; Counsel to the Vice President, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at The White House, Office of the Vice President from 1997-2001; Attorney General for the State of Tennessee from 1988-1997; Partner at Wildman, Harold, Allen, Dixon and McDonnell from 1979-1988; and Partner at Burson and Burson from 1970-1979.

Professor Burson earned his J.D. degree from Harvard University Law School in 1970 as well as an M.A. degree at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England in 1968. He earned a B.A. in Political Science, with honors and distinction, at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1966.

In addition to serving as a Delegate at the 1977 Tennessee Constitutional Convention and as a member and President of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, Prof. Burson has argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court.