Philadelphia Office to Host Employment Seminar

Burns White will be hosting an Employment Law Seminar on Friday, January 19th from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include:

  • Current status of Department of Labor Regulations
  • Workers’ Compensation best practices
  • Non-Discriminatory reasons for termination
  • Immigration
  • Sexual harrassment
  • Practical lessons in Employment Law

Participating attorneys include: Jeffrey Adler, Stuart O’Neal, Angela Cronk, Meghan Campbell, Max Kimbrough, Mark Sottile, Gilda Arroyo, and Katherine McLay.

Attendees can receive three (3) CLE and SHRM credits. To sign up for the seminar, please contact Jennifer Love at by January 10th, 2018.

Litigation Legal Assistant – Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

Job Title: Litigation Legal Assistant

Location: Philadelphia (West Conshohocken), PA

About the Job

A dynamic, growing multi-office Healthcare/Long-Term Care Defense Litigation practice is in need of an experienced assistant and legal secretary.  Responsibilities include supporting attorneys in their day-to-day practices, having an opportunity to take ownership and initiative, serve as a right hand, and have client contact.  This position offers interesting and challenging work, a fun and flexible work environment, and generous benefits package.

Job Requirements

  • Experience as a Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, and/or Paralegal in a litigation practice.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload, efficiently handle multiple projects, and prioritize tasks with competing deadlines.  Strong secretarial skills including typing, proofreading, spelling, grammar, and math.  Strong technical skills including MS Office Suite applications, especially MS Word.  Able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative, and anticipate what needs to be done.  Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.  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

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

Burns White to Host Employment Law Seminar December 7th

Burns White will host a seminar on Employment Law on Thursday, December 7th at its offices in the Strip District. The half-day session will review, among other topics:

  • EEOC Enforcements Actions and Priorities
  • Family Medical Leave Act/ADA
  • Immigration
  • Overtime/Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Social Media/Background Checks

Attendees will receive 2.5 CLE and 2.5 SHRM PDC Credits. (Approval pending)

To register, please contact Jennifer Love at by November 30th.

Employment Law Seminar Details


Attorney Granaudo-Gesty Obtains Motion to Dismiss for Radiologist

A medical negligence action was filed against a Delaware radiologist for allegedly contributing to a patient’s death by misinterpreting CT scans. In response, Attorney Maria Granaudo-Gesty filed a Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s claim for failing to comply with the requirements to toll the statute of limitations. The Court granted the motion after accepting Ms. Granaudo-Gesty’s proposed interpretation of the statute. The radiologist was dismissed as a party, saving the client significant discovery costs.

Laurie Barkman Named Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer

Burns White announced that Laurie Barkman has been named as Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer to grow the Firm’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Ms. Barkman is an accomplished executive with marketing and business development experience across various industries including transportation and logistics, technology, and retail. During her 20+ year career, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in diverse businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to joining Burns White, Ms. Barkman was Managing Partner of Topanga Partners, a private equity firm, and served on the Board of Managers for the portfolio companies. Previously, she was CEO of GENCO Marketplace, a subsidiary of GENCO Corporation, acquired by FedEx Corporation in 2015. Ms. Barkman has more than 15 years of experience in senior-level marketing positions including American Eagle Outfitters, The Art Institutes, as well as venture-backed technology companies.

Ms. Barkman received her Masters of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

“I’m excited to join Burns White to amplify the growth of our business and footprint in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region,” Ms. Barkman said. “Burns White was an early innovator of alternative fee arrangements, and our attorney practice groups take a flexible business approach to providing value to clients.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Laurie to the Burns White team,” said Burns White Executive Committee Member, David B. White. “Laurie brings an incredible breadth of leadership experience and business skills to the Firm, and we look forward to developing new opportunities for growth in the transportation, healthcare, energy, and technology industries.”

Ms. Barkman can be reached at 412-995-3003 or by email at:



Burns White Ranks Among Best Law Firms

Burns White LLC has been recognized among the Best Law Firms, earning 13 rankings in the 2018 U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. The firm received a national first-tier ranking in Railroad Law for the eighth consecutive year, and a national tier three ranking in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Defendants.

“This award is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their fields nationwide,” said David White, Executive Committee Member. “We are very pleased, once again, to be recognized nationally as a top firm among our peers.”

Those surveyed provide feedback on the individual practice group’s expertise, responsiveness, an understanding of business needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, integrity and likelihood of referral.

In addition to the national rankings, Burns White’s Pittsburgh office was recognized in the Metropolitan rankings in three separate tiers.

Tier One: Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants, Litigation—Labor & Employment, Medical Malpractice Law—Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants
Railroad Law, Workers’ Compensation Law—Employers

Tier 2: Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants, Media Law

Tier 3: Litigation—Construction

A complete listing of law firm results is available online:

Burns White Funds Diversity in the Law Scholarship at Duquesne University


Burns White announced its plans to fund a scholarship for first-year, diverse law students at Duquesne University’s School of Law. The annual Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving candidate who adds diversity to the incoming class, and will include a paid summer clerkship at the firm following the successful completion of the recipient’s second year of law school. In addition, each awardee will be paired with a mentor from Burns White for the duration of his or her legal education.

“Burns White is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in Pittsburgh’s legal community,” noted David White, Executive Committee Member. “This annual scholarship—which includes practical work experience and mentoring—will help to broaden opportunities for individuals with diverse backgrounds. We are pleased to be working with Duquesne University’s School of Law on this exciting new initiative.”

The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. “Scholarship funds help us to ensure that all students have access to a legal education at Duquesne Law,” said Dean Maureen Lally-Green. “We are most grateful to partner with Burns White to announce this incredible new opportunity.”

Admitted students under consideration for the award submit a resume and personal statement for review. A scholarship committee, which includes a Burns White representative, recommends the candidate. More information is available by contacting Duquesne Law’s Office of Admissions.





Attorneys Cronk and Adler Obtain Defense Verdict for Nursing Home Client

Following a bench trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Angela Cronk, Esquire and Jeffrey Adler, Esquire obtained a defense verdict in favor of their Nursing Home Employer Client on an American with Disabilities Act Retaliation claim filed by a former employee. Four out of five of Plaintiff’ original claims, including ethnic discrimination and violations under the FMLA, were dismissed via summary judgment prior to trial. As a result, the client was successful on all counts.

Attorneys DiFrancesco and Beresky to Present at Kentucky Mineral Conference

Attorneys Jenna DiFrancesco and Jennifer Beresky will present, From Fracking to FERC to Finland: A Case Study of the Rover Pipeline and an Analysis of Federal Regulations and Market Factors Impacting Interstate Transportation and Export of Liquefied Natural Gas, at the Kentucky Mineral Conference in Lexington, October 18th – 19th. The session explores the federal regulations affecting the transport of natural gas from the well site, across state lines, to liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and the market factors and regulations affecting LNG exports.

To learn more about the conference, click here.


Attorney, Lakeisha Robinson, Sworn in as Member of Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Executive Board

On September 13th, Burns White attorney, Lakeisha Robinson, was sworn in as a member of the 2017-2018 Executive Board of The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia. The Association helps address the professional needs and development of black lawyers in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas through programs such as seminars, cultural events, and publications.

Mrs. Robinson appears second from left.

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