Professor Burton Fletcher, J.D., MBA (Ret.) is one of those rare human beings who comes along and lives his life. Not just lives in a self-determinative sense but lives in the entire understanding of the word. Truly living one’s life is dependent upon the nature of one’s character, the nature of one’s choices on a disciplined, daily basis, and the nature of one’s ability to look and extend themselves beyond the immediacies of their person. Burton not only excels in this, but it also comes to him naturally. Part of this may have to do with his background.
Burton is the son of hardworking farmers. He was raised in a family that valued morals, one’s self-worth, and family love. In a decidedly anti-cliché from the typical rags-to-riches story, Burton’s upbringing was a source of his most significant accomplishments, not something he ran away from or eschewed. It served as the pillar for his attaining long-lasting and widespread success in his adult years.
Burton Fletcher was a Vietnam-era veteran, achieving the rank of corporal during his three-year service in the United States Marine Corps. Afterward, he graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with honors. He subsequently received an MBA in Business Administration before receiving his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California.
In the fall of 1980, Burton assumed the academic role of classroom instructor credentialled in Business & Industrial Management, Marketing & Distribution, and Law at El Camino College in Torrance. Concurrent to his teaching at El Camino College, Fletcher became a licensed attorney in California in 1981 and started the firm Fletcher & Associates in 1982, assisting thousands of Los Angeles clientele with personal and consumer injury cases, as well as civil injustices.
Burton Fletcher’s advocacy and community service matched the heft and consideration of his career-based achievements outside of his professional world. Burton was a member of notable organizations such as the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the West Los Angeles College Paralegal Advisory Board, and the South Bay Children’s Health Center. He would later become a staunch advocate for the Democratic Party and stalwart critic of the modern-day Republican Party and Republican Party affiliates, such as Fox News and Newsmax TV, referring to them as ‘propaganda’ networks.
Burton was also an advocate for the fostering and adoption of animals, deriving great joy from his canine friends and adopting numerous special companions during his lifetime. Burton Fletcher’s estate has fittingly created the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.
Someone like Burton Fletcher, who worked his way up from nothing, is a standard-bearer and stark contrast in today’s world. He is passionate but never at the risk of being sardonic, a straight shooter who tells it like it is, but never with the absence of hope. A celebrated Los Angeles attorney, a decorated professor at El Camino College, a community leader, a man of devout, Christian faith, and a rare human being. He is an example of someone worthy of looking up to. Look around today and ask yourself, what can be better than that?