Adrienne R. Abner

Adrienne R. Abner

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1001 Conshohocken State Road
STE 1-515
West Conshohocken, PA 19428



Adrienne R. Abner is an Associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office, focusing her practice in the area of Healthcare and Long-Term care law. Ms. Abner defends doctors, hospitals, and long-term care health facilities in medical malpractice and liability matters.

Prior to joining Burns White, Ms. Abner was an attorney at the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project where she advocated for incarcerated individuals denied access to medication for-opioid use disorder (“MOUD”) and medication-for-assisted-treatment for opioid use disorder (“MAT”) in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Ms. Abner received her Juris Doctor from Roger William University School of Law and her Master of Laws in Health Law and Policy from Hofstra University School of Law. Prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor, she received her Master of Business Administration from Wilmington University, her Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate in Forensics and General practice from Widener University School of Law Legal Education Institute. Additionally, Ms. Abner obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from Wilmington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener University.


Areas of Law

  • Healthcare and Long-Term Care
  • Medical Malpractice Defense


  • Hofstra University School of Law (LL.M., 2020)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., 2018)
  • Wilmington University (MBA, 1990)
  • University of Pennsylvania (MSN, 1982)
  • Widener University (BSN, 1980)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, 2007-Present
  • American Nurses Association Board Certified Nurse Executive, 1990-Present
  • American College of Certified Wound Specialists Fellow, 2010-2016
  • American Association of Wound Specialist Board Certified 2010-2016
  • American Professional Wound Care Association Certified Diplomat, 2006-2016
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • American Health Law Association
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys

Accolades & Involvement

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Delaware Disabled Veterans Shelter, Project Warm Committee Member
  • Belvedere Nursing Home Angel Tree Project
  • Sierra Leone Project Clean Water Donation Project, Chair
  • Darfur Stove Campaign, Chair


  • Substance Use Disorders and Recovery 2022: Representing the Legal Services, Nonprofit, and Pro Bono Client, Practicing Law Institute, July 2022
  • Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project Symposium -MOUD/MAT in the Criminal Legal System, Topic: The State of MOUD/MAT in Pennsylvania County Jails- A Descriptive Study, April 2022


  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Pennsylvania Jails and Prisons, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, September 2022
  • Other Voices: Opioid addiction is a disease, not a crime,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2021
  • Editorial Board Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Summarized Op-Ed., July 2021