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Grant Burns

Vice President and General Counsel


"At AFL, I have the opportunity to be a part of a very forward-thinking, talented, and results-focused company. AFL’s core values are in absolute alignment with my approach to contributing in the workplace. I’m excited to be part of such a driven and innovative leadership team."

Grant Burns serves as vice president and general counsel. In this capacity, Grant oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance as well as government affairs. In addition, Grant is also involved in the strategic and legal activities of several other Fujikura group companies, including Fujikura Automotive America (FAA) and Fujikura America Incorporated (FAI). AFL's human resources function also reports to Grant.

Grant’s legal experience spans over twenty-five years. Prior to AFL, Grant was most recently a Member at Nexsen Pruet, LLC, where he focused primarily on first chair litigation, compliance, labor and employment matters. Additionally, Grant mediated a wide variety of complex business disputes by court appointment.  He previously had been a Shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, where he tried numerous cases to juries in state and federal courts. Further, he advised clients on labor, employment and contractual issues.  During his career in private practice, he was recognized for excellence by publications such as The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell (AV).

A member of the South Carolina Bar and the Virginia State Bar, Grant has been admitted to also practice in numerous federal district courts, appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court.  He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Defense Research Institute’s Corporate Counsel Committee.

Grant is a graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Economics. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Grant has worked extensively with his alma mater, Clemson University, where he formerly served on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and as a past president of the university’s alumni association.

Grant is active in several civic and philanthropic organizations in the upstate of South Carolina including serving as the Chair of Spartanburg Community College's Foundation Board in addition to his service on the Executive Committee of the Upstate SC Alliance, the Greenville Chamber's Board of Advisors and the Clemson University MBA Executive Board. Grant is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina.

In 2016, Grant was honored with the Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award which recognizes outstanding alumni who have given back to the Clemson community. Presented by the Clemson Alumni Association, the award is the highest honor that the Association bestows on an alumnus or alumna.