Burton Fletcher was born into a hardworking farm family in Northern Florida. It was in this family, son to an entrepreneur father and mother that he learned to appreciate hard work, dedication, and thoroughness in all things. The lessons Burton Fletcher learned on that farm and from his family still ring true to him today.
Burton Fletcher possesses a unique background. He served honorably for three years in the United States Marine Corps from 1970-1973. During that time, he was trained as a military police officer.
After leaving the military, he continued with his education graduating in 1975 with honors, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and in 1976 he received a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida. Four years later, he would receive his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton.
During law school, Burton Fletcher began his legal career as a Certified Law Clerk working for the District Attorney’s Office in Fullerton Municipal Court; a demanding job made more so by the pressures of law school. He taught business and law courses during two summers of law school for Lake City Community College, now Florida Gateway College, in Florida.
Burton Fletcher thrived in law school, graduating with distinction. He was a member of Honors Moot Court for four semesters. His team won a second-place award for oral advocacy during his first semester in moot court competition. During his last three semesters of law school, he served as the Director of Honors Moot Court and oversaw an award-winning program. Additionally, he was also a member of the editorial board of the Western State University College of Law – Law Review.
During his last semester of law school, in 1980, Burton Fletcher studied for the Georgia Bar Exam, maintained a full load of classes, and simultaneously was teaching a course in Business for El Camino College. He passed the Georgia Bar Exam on his first try, becoming the first person in his law school class to become a licensed attorney.
In the fall of 1980, Burton commenced full-time employment as a classroom instructor for El Camino College, in Torrance, California, where he taught for 18 years (1980-1998). He was tenured and a credentialed instructor in Management, Marketing, and Law. The Academic Senate awarded him the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and the preeminent rank of Full Professor, Business Administration. When he resigned in 1998 to engage in other professional pursuits, El Camino College awarded Burton a plaque with the inscription: “In Recognition For 18 Years of Meritorious Service, Dr. Burton Fletcher, 1980-1998.”
During an educational career spanning 27 years, Burton was a servant leader, activist, and advocate, who gave voice to issues, and served in various roles, including: Author; Adjunct Instructor; Instructor; Senior Instructor; Adjunct Professor of Management; Adjunct Professor of Marketing; Adjunct Professor of Law; Assistant Professor of Business Administration; Associate Professor of Business Administration; Full Professor of Business Administration; College and University leader; Chairman; Director; and Administrator; serving more than 10,000 students and professionals. He was recruited by several colleges, and universities, before retiring from his academic profession in 2004.
Burton Fletcher passed the California Bar Exam in 1981 and thus began an ongoing career in civil litigation. In this capacity, he founded his own general practice firm specializing in litigation under the DBA of Fletcher & Associates in 1982. At its zenith, Fletcher & Associates employed approximately 15 attorneys and staff. This law firm has assisted thousands of people with their consumer injuries and civil injustices.
Since its conception, Fletcher & Associates provided experienced and aggressive representation and maintained a record of serving others. Burton Fletcher brought to his firm his lifelong beliefs in hard work and dedication. While no longer accepting clients, Fletcher & Associates enjoyed fighting for the rights of its clients.
Throughout his career, Burton Fletcher taught a wide variety of courses including: Legal Environment of Business; Legal Aspects of Business Transactions; Introduction to Paralegal Studies; Small Business Management; Business Law; Criminal and Civil Evidence; Legal Writing; General California Law; Negotiations; Personnel Law; Human Resources Management; Advanced Entrepreneurship; Applied Management; Professional Development of Managers; Principles of Marketing; Contemporary World Issues (7 Habits of Highly Effective People); Introduction to International Business; Introduction to Business; Cooperative Career Education; Personal Selling; Business Management; and Oral Business Communications.
Burton had an outstanding record of leadership and service, highlighted by inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in California. His activities included membership on the Boards of Directors for Pop Warner Football of Torrance (founding member); Center for Prevention of Child Abuse; South Bay Children’s Health Center; and West Los Angeles College Paralegal Advisory Board; Los Angeles Southwest College Paralegal Advisory Board; and other nonprofit organizations.
From 2004 to 2006, Burton owned and managed ValdostaMemorials.com, LLC. He was a well-known memorialist, with numerous publications to his credit. During this time, he founded the Georgia Monument Builders Association.
In 2006, Burton established Georgia Signing Agents.com, LLC, later named Loan Closing Attorneys.com, LLC, providing real estate and loan closing services throughout Georgia and South Carolina. The law firm employed more than one hundred attorneys. Burton retired from the State Bar of Georgia as an emeritus attorney.
Throughout his career, Burton has been recognized on various occasions for his service to others, receiving distinguished recognition ranging from Outstanding Young Men of America; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1974-75; 1980); and the Corpus Juris Secundum award, “for Significant Legal Scholarship.” He has been recognized for his service and lifetime achievements by his Division; College Campus; City; County Government; State Assembly; State Senate; State Governor; and United States senators, for his conspicuous and distinguished service, and his countless acts of beneficence.
Burton was an accomplished educator with demonstrated ability to instruct and motivate his students. He was enthusiastic about his work and committed to student success. He had the ability to recruit business owners to address his students, and he loved giving his students projects to interview entrepreneurs. Burton cherished the classroom and found it immensely gratifying. He was dynamic and overflowing with suggestions and reassurance. Burton had experience in creating lesson plans and curriculum targeted at a wide range of students. He collaborated well with colleagues while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
Burton has a special place in his heart for all creatures, but none more so than rescue animals. He always encourages others to adopt, rather than buy their pets. He is a patron to animal welfare organizations which engage in the rescuing, rehabilitation, and re-homing of mistreated and neglected animals, and he supports, spay, neuter, and microchipping programs to help reduce animal overpopulation.
He supports fostering and adoption of shelter animals and is a so-called “foster failure” who fell in love with his fosters and adopted. He derives boundless joy from his canine friends, and during his lifetime, he has adopted numerous special companions. His pets have benefited him through the phases of his life, serving as substitutes for children. He enjoys animal-centered discussions, and his support of animal welfare, in both his personal and work life, increased his capacity for compassion.
Burton has established and serves as president of the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc; a non-profit corporation dedicated to rescuing injured, abused, abandoned, and feral animals in South Georgia. Burton’s foundation partners with animal shelters, humane societies, animal welfare organizations, and individuals in need whose support of animal welfare requests improved the plight of animals. Burton’s estate will further fund the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. and it is dedicated to working with charitable organizations which benefit animal welfare.
While both Fletcher & Associates and Loan Closing Attorneys.com, LLC are now closed for business, we thank you for stopping by our website.