Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC

A boutique defense firm providing professional, experienced representation for clients in a variety of industries across New York State and Western Pennsylvania

Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC is a law firm serving individuals, corporations, insurers and other businesses in all matters that can arise in day-to-day operations. Each client is unique and as a boutique firm, we tailor our approach to the interests and goals of each. We never lose sight of the client’s objectives.

Our attorneys defend negligence claims, including those targeting the transportation, nursing home, and child care industries. We defend against claims involving automobile liability, municipal law/government liability, premises liability, product liability, and professional liability. We vigorously represent clients in the areas of construction defect; labor law; fire, first-party and subrogation; retail, restaurant and hospitality; medical/pharmacy malpractice; employment law; civil rights; commercial litigation; sexual assault; discrimination; and school law.

Contact Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC today at (716) 849-6800 for immediate assistance.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • Donna L. Burden
  • Phyliss A. Hafner
  • Sarah E. Hansen
  • Jaclyn S. Wanemaker

Donna L. Burden

An experienced trial attorney and a founding member of the firm, who practices in the areas of trucking and transportation negligence, automobile liability, labor law, employment law, sexual harassment and discrimination, school law, products liability, medical device, municipal law/government liability, professional liability and premises liability…

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Phyliss A. Hafner

A partner at the firm who concentrates her practice in defending personal injury cases focused on products liability, labor law, trucking/transportation negligence, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and municipal liability…

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Sarah E. Hansen

A partner at the firm who focuses her practice on defending personal injury cases representing clients trucking and automobile accidents, employment law, labor law, municipal law/governmental liability, premises liability, products liability and general negligence…

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Jaclyn S. Wanemaker

A litigation associate with the law firm, and she represents defendants in cases involving catastrophic injuries and death…

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Our Recognition

Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected such certifications in the nation, demanding a rigorous vetting process.

Managing Partner Donna L. Burden founded the firm over 10 years ago. Ms. Burden’s more than three decades of experience defending against catastrophic personal injury claims and prominence as a trucking attorney have helped elevate Burden, Hafner & Hansen’s profile throughout New York and nationally.

Ms. Burden and partners Phyliss A. Hafner and Sarah E. Hansen have been selected for membership in the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the only international organization devoted to the defense of the trucking industry in personal injury, property damage and workers’ compensation claims.

The firm’s partners are complimented by a group of talented associates, paralegals, and other support staff that make it their purpose to service the need of our clients in a responsive manner, paying particular attention to the specific business needs, goals and objectives of our clients.

Burden, Hafner & Hansen is committed to having a strong, diverse workforce with a collective goal of being responsive and providing prompt and quality service to our clients with professional, experienced representation.

  • Themis Advocates Group
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – WBENC
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms