Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC

MBE WBE

  • WBE

Firm Size

  • 6-10

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC is a boutique defense law firm, providing professional, experienced representation for clients in a variety of industries.   The attorneys at Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC have decades of experience defending clients against a myriad of claims involving property damage, bodily injury and wrongful death, throughout New York State and Western Pennsylvania.    We build a formidable defense through thorough investigation, a detail-driven discovery process, and our considerable trial experience.    Our attorneys have decades of trial experience, defending cases across a wide-variety of practice areas, including trying high exposure lawsuits involving seven figure claims, as well as claims with the potential for excess exposure.   We are also often called upon to take over the defense of cases in advance of mediation or trial, or to coordinate with other counsel to prepare for trial.  Our vast litigation experience allows us to successfully evaluate and identify the grounds for an appeal after trial.  

 

Contact

Buffalo, NY

605 Brisbane Building, 403 Main Street

Person of contact: Donna L. Burden

Buffalo, NY

605 Brisbane Building, 403 Main Street

Person of contact: Phyliss A. Hafner

Buffalo, NY

605 Brisbane Building, 403 Main Street

Person of contact: Sarah E. Hansen

Practice Areas

  • ADR/Arbitration
  • Alcohol
  • Construction
    • Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Insurance
    • Auto
    • Construction
    • Employment Practices
    • Environmental and Toxic Tort
    • Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Product Liability
    • Professional Liability/E&O/D&O
    • Property/Premises/Homeowners
    • Regulatory
    • Subrogation
    • Transportation
    • Umbrella
  • Labor & Employment
    • Arbitration
    • Leave and Pay Acts (e.g. FLSA / FMLA / Service Contracts Act / Davis Bacon Act / Walsh-Healey)
    • Litigation
    • Regulators/Regulations (e.g. DOL, NLRB, OFCCP, OSHA, OWBPA, SOX,)
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Construction
    • Consumer and Product Liability Litigation
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)
    • Insurance
    • Malpractice
    • Personal Injury (Torts, Premises Liability, Toxic Torts)
    • Professional Liability
    • Public Entity Law
    • Regulatory (Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law)
    • Restaurant Retail & Hospitality
  • Transportation (Railroad, Other)

Firm Bio

Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC is a boutique defense law firm, providing professional, experienced representation for clients in a variety of industries.   The attorneys at Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC have decades of experience defending clients against a myriad of claims involving property damage, bodily injury and wrongful death, throughout New York State and Western Pennsylvania.    We build a formidable defense through thorough investigation, a detail-driven discovery process, and our considerable trial experience.   Our attorneys have decades of trial experience, defending cases across a wide-variety of practice areas, including trying high exposure lawsuits involving seven figure claims, as well as claims with the potential for excess exposure.   We are also often called upon to take over the defense of cases in advance of mediation or trial, or to coordinate with other counsel to prepare for trial.  Our vast litigation experience allows us to successfully evaluate and identify the grounds for an appeal after trial. 

Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC was founded by Managing Partner, Donna L. Burden, Esq., over ten years ago. Donna Burden has over 25 years of experience as a trial attorney defending catastrophic personal injury cases, primarily in the areas of trucking and transportation negligence, as well as product liability, municipal law/governmental liability, employment law, professional liability, labor law and premises liability. Ms. Burden is an accomplished trial attorney who has been honored with membership in several highly selective and exclusive national and international organizations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). Ms. Burden served as the IADC Transportation Committee Chair for 2013-2014 and Vice Chair for 2012-2013 and served on the Nominating Committee for its leadership in 2016. She is on the TIDA Board of Directors. Ms. Burden was a National Director of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) from 2009-2012, Chair of the DRI Trucking Law Committee in 2007-2008 and Program Chair of the 2006 DRI Trucking Seminar. She was on the faculty of the IADC Trial Academy in 2015 and has frequently spoken and published on topics of interest to a variety of industries. Together with partner Sarah Hansen, she contributed a chapter to the IADC Trial Handbook, published in 2016.

Partner Phyliss Hafner, Esq. is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in defending personal injury cases all across New York State, primarily in the areas of product liability, labor law, trucking/transportation negligence, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and municipal liability. Ms. Hafner is also licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Hafner frequently speaks on topics of importance to the transportation and automobile defense industries, including on No-Fault, Uninsured Motorist (UM) and Supplementary Underinsured Motorist (SUM) Claims.  Ms. Hafner has been selected for membership with the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). 

Partner Sarah Hansen, Esq. is a trial attorney who predominantly defends personal injury cases arising out of trucking and automobile accidents, employment law matters, labor law, municipal law/governmental liability, premises liability cases, product liability cases and general negligence matters. She is on the Steering Committee for DRI’s Trucking Law Committee and Employment and Labor Law Committee and is past editor of DRI’s “The Whisper.”   Ms. Hansen is the Webinar Chair for DRI Trucking Committee, has spoken on topics in the transportation field and frequently publishes in national publications and newsletters on transportation and employment topics.   Ms. Hansen has been selected for membership with the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). 

Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC is committed to having a strong and diverse workforce with a collective goal of providing high quality representation to clients across a variety of fields, including in the following areas of law:  Transportation Negligence (Truck, Bus, Common Carrier, Railroad), Automobile Liability, Construction Defect, Labor Law, Fire, First-Party & Subrogation, Municipal Law/Governmental Liability, Premises Liability, Medical/Pharmacy Malpractice, Nursing Home Negligence, Professional Liability, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality, Employment Law, Toxic Torts, Civil Rights, Sexual Assault, Discrimination, No-fault, Uninsured Motorist (UM) and Supplementary Underinsured Motorist (SUM) Claims, and General Negligence.  

Please visit us at: www.bhhattorneys.com.

 

 

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