Burns White Attorneys Named to 2017 New Jersey Rising Stars List

Burns White Associates Ahsan A. Jafry and Brian D. Pagano of the firm’s Cherry Hill office were recognized as Rising Stars in the 2017 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers.

Mr. Jafry has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars for the past six years. In his practice, he defends physicians, nurses, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other medical providers in medical malpractice matters. In addition, he teaches trial advocacy at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. Mr. Jafry also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges from 2010-2014, and is currently participating as a Fellow as part of a program developed by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He graduated from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.

Named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list since 2014, Mr. Pagano focuses his litigation practice on long-term care and medical and nursing home malpractice defense. Prior to joining Burns White, he practiced in the areas of professional liability and health care litigation, municipal and public entity litigation, and employment litigation. Mr. Pagano also served in the United States Army and the New Jersey National Guard. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University.

Rising Stars is an annual rating service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division. No more than 2.5% of lawyers statewide are named to Rising Stars. To be eligible for list inclusion, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. The selection process for Rising Stars consists of:

• a statewide survey of lawyers in more than 70 practice areas,
• independent research to identify outstanding lawyers,
• candidate evaluations based on 12 indicators of peer recognition,
• a panel review by practice area, and
• a discipline check of each candidate

Jessica Jurasko Named 2017 Woman of the Year by Duquesne University’s School of Law Women’s Law Association

Burns White attorney, Jessica M. Jurasko, was named the 2017 Woman of the Year by Duquesne University’s School of Law’s Women’s Law Association (WLA). The annual event, held Thursday, April 20th, recognizes a female alumna who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women within the legal profession. In addition, the recipient has influenced women to pursue legal careers, has opened doors that historically have been closed to women lawyers, and has earned the respect of her colleagues by exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.

“This award is so meaningful to me because I was selected as Woman of the Year by the students,” said Ms. Jurasko. “I am hopeful that any young woman in less than ideal circumstances, who has that will ‘stirring within’ to aspire, can see me and know that she too could one day be standing before a crowded room full of wonderful people, having the privilege to work for one the largest and most successful law firms in Pittsburgh, as she receives the Woman of the Year Award from her beloved law school.”

Ms. Jurasko is a 2004 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, and has been an active member of the school’s alumni association for more than a decade. She served as an elected member of the Board of Governors, and as the President of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association in 2015-2016. She focuses her practice at Burns White in the areas of Health Care and Long-Term Care, Litigation, and Professional Liability.

Document Specialist – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Document Specialist

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

As a member of the firmwide Production Center, utilize advanced technical knowledge to determine most efficient and effective way to complete projects.  The Document Specialist will prepare, revise, and format various legal documents.  Assignments could include advanced word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and other projects.  This position will also provide absence coverage for Legal Assistants in the local office.

Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  College degree or some college preferred.  Training or certification in relevant applications and technologies preferred.
  • Relevant experience in a legal environment required such as Legal Secretary, Document Specialist, Word Processor, Technical Support, Legal Assistant, or Paralegal.  Knowledge and experience in litigation required.  Experience using advanced functions in Word, Outlook, eCopy or similar, and document management systems required.  Strong/advanced knowledge of other applications also desired, such as Excel, PowerPoint, and familiarity with database concepts.
  • Fast and accurate typing skills required.  Ability to work quickly and multi-task.  Ability to organize and prioritize workload.  Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Professional manner with clients, attorneys, and others.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching.  Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.  Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.  Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with clients in person and via telephone.  Ability to crawl, reach, and stretch so as to prepare and maintain files.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities.  Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies.  Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours.  Occasional overtime as required.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE

 


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Legal Secretary – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Legal Secretary

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Responsible for supporting multiple attorneys in their day-to-day practice, completing various administrative tasks, and serving as a point of contact and providing customer service to clients.  Coordinate workflow to/from the Production Center, ensuring work is completed within deadlines and according to attorneys’ specifications.  Make travel arrangements, schedule meetings, and coordinate internal logistics for space and other needs.  Review client work products and get them out the door.  Maintain filing systems (primarily electronic).  Strong skills in MS Office, organization, prioritization, communication, and interpersonal skills to interact with clients and other contacts.

Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  College, business school, or other relevant continuing education preferred.
  • At least four years’ experience as a Legal Secretary, with at least two years’ Litigation experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.  Strong secretarial skills including typing, proofreading, spelling, grammar, and math.  Knowledge of MS Office Suite applications, especially MS Word.  Ability to organize and prioritize workload, efficiently handle multiple projects, and prioritize tasks with competing deadlines.  Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Professional manner with clients, attorneys, and others.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching.  Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.  Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.  Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate in person and via telephone with internal and external customers.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities.  Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies.  Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE

 


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Health Care Attorney – Wilmington, DE

Job Title: Attorney

Location: Wilmington, DE

About the Job

Burns White seeks to hire a Health Care Associate to join their Wilmington, Delaware office.

Job Requirements

  • The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of experience in health care, long-term care, medical malpractice and/or related fields.
  • Candidates must be licensed to practice in Delaware.

Additional Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are prerequisites.
  • Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work individually and in teams and will work closely with experienced lawyers.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate with clients in person and via telephone.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies. Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours. Occasional overtime as required.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please.
EOE

 


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Receptionist – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: Receptionist

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Answer multi-line phone system and receive clients, visitors, and other guests of the firm.  Announce or escort visitors as appropriate.  Field questions and requests from internal and external contacts, and direct to appropriate individuals or departments.  Provide excellent customer service in a friendly and professional manner.  Interact with all levels of the organization and work as a team to provide the highest level of hospitality.  Serve as the point of contact for security guards.  Assist with occasional administrative projects as needed.

Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • At least two years experience in a professional office environment, preferably in a receptionist or other position with frequent customer contact.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.  Excellent communication skills including command of the English language.  Ability to effectively interact with all organizational levels.  Ability to develop an immediate rapport with clients and other callers/visitors.  Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Professional manner with clients, attorneys, and others.  Can remain calm under pressure and during difficult situations.  Possess basic PC skills including familiarity with MS Outlook and  Word.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods.  Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.  Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and frequently/continually communicate with clients in person and via telephone.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities.  Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies.  Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours.  Occasional overtime as required.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE

 


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Legal Secretary/Document Specialist – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Legal Secretary/Document Specialist

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

Responsible for providing absence coverage for legal secretarial positions in Healthcare, Litigation, and Workers Compensation practice groups.  Document Specialist in the Production Center preparing client documents for variety of practice groups firmwide.  This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced legal secretary/assistant who enjoys variety and exposure to different areas of law.

Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • At least five years’ legal secretarial or legal document specialist experience required.
  • Strong technical skills.  Fast and accurate typing skills required.  Ability to work quickly and multi-task.  Ability to organize and prioritize workload.  Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done.  Can understand and follow specific, detailed instructions.  Attentive to detail and highly accurate.  Professional manner with clients, attorneys, and others.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching.  Occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.  Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.  Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate in person and via telephone with internal and external customers.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities.  Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies.  Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE

 


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

IT Help Desk – Pittsburgh, PA

Job Title: IT Help Desk

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

About the Job

Provide general software and hardware support and training to end users via telephone, email, desk side, and small group setting. Prioritize and escalate issues as appropriate.  Maintain call tracking system and assist with special projects and user communications. Support desktops, handheld devices, printers, and other related equipment.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in IT-related discipline preferred, or comparable combination of experience and education. Training/certification in an IT-related discipline preferred.
  • Two years experience in an IT user support or help desk position. Experience in a law firm or other service environment preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of PC hardware and software, especially the MS Office Suite. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels.  Possess a customer focus and have a track record of providing the highest level of customer service.  Able to organize and prioritize issues and workload.  Good decision maker and proven ability to manage time.  Ability to take initiative in handling projects and anticipating what needs to be done.  Able to solve problems quickly, effectively, and diplomatically.  Reliability, flexibility, and ability to adapt to changing priorities.

Equipment, Physical/Mental Demands, Working Conditions

Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, duplicating machine, etc.

Sitting for extended periods, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 30 pounds when installing PCs, monitors, printers, and other equipment.  Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines.  Range of hearing and vision sufficient to operate standard office machines and communicate extensively via telephone.  Ability to crawl, reach, and stretch to install and/or service computers and other equipment.

Able to deal with stress in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities. Make decisions and adapt to changing work situations.  Grasp and apply new ideas and technologies.  Communicate and successfully interact with various personalities at all organizational levels.

Typical office setting, normally Monday through Friday business hours. Rotating on-call weekend emergency support coverage, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Occasional overtime as required.

 

Burns White conducts criminal background screenings for all newly hired employees.

No search firms
No phone calls, please
EOE

 


Interested candidates who meet the job requirements stated above should submit a resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email (jobs@burnswhite.com), fax (412.995.3300), or mail. No search firms. No phone calls, please.

Burns White Cuts Ribbon on Corporate Headquarters

Burns White, in conjunction with Oxford Development Company, cut the ribbon on its new corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood.

Known as Burns White Center, the firm’s new headquarters at 3 Crossings, a new neighborhood development, is a 110,000 square-foot building along Railroad Street and the Allegheny River. Burns White is the sole tenant of the facility.

“The move to 3 Crossings in the Strip District is an exciting step for Burns White as we continue to grow our business and footprint as an employer in Pittsburgh and beyond,” said David B. White. “We wanted a new and innovative space to accommodate the firm’s growth, creating a place that serves both our business and staff needs, while ultimately benefiting our clients.”

Burns White’s new space is different than more traditional law firm spaces, reflecting the needs of today’s workforce with a state-of-the-art building that focuses on collaborative work spaces, increased employee interaction, and efficiencies clients are looking for today. Additional amenities, such as a professional-grade fitness center and cafe with outdoor seating, provide places for employees to gather.

Burns White Center is part of the revitalization of a new and exciting corporate destination. The building is designed, and built to USBGC LEED Silver standards (certifications pending).

Burns White Appoints Attorneys Schadel and Sargent to Serve as Firm’s Counsel

Burns White has appointed attorneys James R. Schadel as General Counsel, and Amanda H. Sargent as Associate General counsel for the law firm, effective immediately. In their new roles, Schadel and Sargent will evaluate potential firm conflicts, offer guidance on ethics issues, review firm contracts, and represent firm interests as appropriate. Schadel and Sargent will report directly to the firm’s five-member Executive Committee.

“Burns White is committed to the effective and principled practice of law. The appointment of these two talented legal professionals to serve as the firm’s counsel reinforces this commitment to our firm and the clients we serve,” said David B. White. “We are very pleased that Ms. Sargent and Mr. Schadel will guide the firm in these import, newly-created positions.”

Mr. Schadel has devoted the majority of his practice to defending lawyers and other professionals in liability matters and ethics defense. He is frequently asked to speak on the topics of legal malpractice, lawyer ethics, and risk management by various bar associations and legal organizations, and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Lawyers’ Professional Liability Committee, the PBA and Allegheny County Bar Association’s (ACBA) ethics committees, and ACBA Lawyer Insurance Committee. Additionally, he serves on the PBA House of Delegates and the Board of Governors for the ACBA.

Ms. Sargent is an experienced litigator who advises companies on product distribution and products liability matters, as well as on risk management tactics, risk avoidance techniques, and regulatory compliance issues. She represents a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, and has concentrated her practice on transportation law, general liability, and business matters, including contracts entity formation, and business disputes. Ms. Sargent also serves on the Burns White Mentoring Committee, aiding in the professional development of attorneys within the firm; is the co-chair of the firms Pro Bono committee overseeing service activities; and assists in firm recruitment by participating in on-campus interviews and mock interviews of law students.

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