Edwin B. Palmer

Edwin B. Palmer is a Member of Burns White, practicing in the firm’s Railroad Law Group. His practice focuses on the defense personal injury claims involving complex medical and scientific issues relating to occupational and/or environmental exposures to solvents, diesel fumes, and other substances, and the defense of repetitive stress injury matters.

Mr. Palmer joined the law firm of Burns White in 1999 as an Associate and became a Member of the firm in 2005.

Mr. Palmer has represented numerous companies, including chemical manufacturers and distributors and railroads in environmental, occupational, and regulatory compliance matters. His trial experience includes the successful defense of a client against multiple claims of toxic solvent encephalopathy as a result of the plaintiffs’ claimed exposures to degreasing solvents during the course of their employment.

In December 2007, Burns White Members T.H. Lyda and Edwin Palmer obtained two defense verdicts in alleged solvent-induced brain damage cases tried in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Palmer is currently defending several personal injury claims of brain damage and various cancers alleged to have resulted from occupational and environmental solvent exposures at an EPA Superfund Site.

In addition to his toxic tort practice, Mr. Palmer has advised and represented clients in claims involving whole body vibration, musculoskeletal disorders, occupational hearing loss, products liability, workers’ compensation litigation, risk assessment, and Social Security disability matters. Mr. Palmer also consults with clients on contractual matters, including contract drafting, and risk management and risk avoidance techniques. Mr. Palmer also has an understanding of the issues surrounding food-borne illness claims, and writes and presents about those claims and the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act.

Mr. Palmer is admitted in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of West Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Palmer is a member of the American Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and the West Virginia State Bar Association.

Mr. Palmer has been an invited speaker at railroad and insurance industry conferences, Mealey’s, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Mr. Palmer received his B.A. magna cum laude in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1994 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1997.

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Areas of Law

  • Transportation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Occupational Illness Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Food Liability Litigation


  • University of Notre Dame (J.D. 1997, B.A. 1994)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • The Supreme Court of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association

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