Mary-Jo Rebelo

Mary-Jo Rebelo is Burns White’s Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment Practices Liability and Complex and Commercial Litigation/Dispute Resolution practice groups, and a senior member of the Business Practices and Litigation groups. A seasoned litigator and business advisor with more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Rebelo has successfully represented manufacturers, distributors, retailers, property owners, business owners, boards of directors and other governing bodies, physicians, physician practices, health systems, and other medical service providers in a broad range of matters. From violations of federal and state securities laws and business fraud to misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, contract disputes, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge, Ms. Rebelo has the insight and experience to deliver positive outcomes in the most difficult cases.

In the area of employment law, Ms. Rebelo regularly defends actions involving claims for race, sex, age, religious and disability discrimination, as well as claims for harassment, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation and breach of employment related contracts, including but not limited to employment agreements, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements. Ms. Rebelo also counsels employers regarding obligations under federal and state employment statutes and assists clients in implementing human resources policies concerning recruitment, employee evaluation and discipline, termination, severance, and employee handbooks. In addition, Ms. Rebelo regularly negotiates and drafts employment related contracts.

In the areas of business practices and litigation, Ms. Rebelo’s practice spans a variety of industries and involves both risk management (i.e., litigation avoidance) and litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Ms. Rebelo regularly represents clients on corporate governance issues, officers and directors liability, insurance coverage, family business disputes, shareholder and partner disputes, contract disputes, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and non-compete/non-solicitation issues, and unfair competition.

Ms. Rebelo has been appointed as a Special Master by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and is the Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA). Additionally, she serves on the ACBA’s Federal Court Section Council.

Prior to joining Burns White, Ms. Rebelo was a shareholder and Director in the litigation and employment groups at a mid-size Pittsburgh-based law firm. She is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, and was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Women’s Law Association at the University for her professional, moral and ethical integrity, and commitment to the community. She received her undergraduate degree from Elms College.

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Areas of Law

  • Employment Practices Liability Law
  • Business Practices
  • Litigation


  • Duquesne University (J.D., cum laude, editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Law Review)
  • Elms College (B.A., magna cum laude)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court


  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Fellows Program
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Judiciary Committee
    • Federal Court Section Council
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Deloitte’s Board Ready Women Program, Class of 2019
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Turnaround Management Association, Board Member
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Future of Board Leadership Committee Member
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    • Former President of the Alumni Board of Governors
    • Former Member of the Dean’s Advisory Board


  • Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2021
  • Best Lawyers Business, Women in the Law 2018
  • Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania 2014-2020
  • Woman of the Year, Woman’s Law Association of the Duquesne University School of Law, 2008


  • DRI Employment, Program Planning Committee
  • “Key Issues in Creating a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Webinar” Master Builders’ Association Webinar, January 2021
  • “Pennsylvania’s Evolving Cybersecurity Law: What Employers Should Know” Burns White Webinar, October 2019
  • “Utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution Tactics In Employment Matters” National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, October 2019
  • “Pennsylvania’s Evolving Cybersecurity Law: What You Need to Know” Pennsylvania Association of
  • Community Bankers Annual Convention, September 2019
  • Burns White Employment Law Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, April 2019
  • “Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – Intermittent Leave: How can employers best manage?” Burns White Employment Law Webinar, June 2019
  • Burns White Employment Law Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2019
  • “Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace” In-house client presentation, May 2018
    Harassment Training, In-house client presentation, June 2018
  • “Impact of the #METOO and Time’s Up Movements on Employers and their EPLI Carriers” Society of Chartered Property and Casualty
  • Underwriters All Industry Day, October 2018
  • “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2016
  • “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets: What you need to know” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, September 2017
  • “Defense of Trade Secrets” Academy of Trial Lawyers, December 2018

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