Phyliss A. Hafner

Partner

P: (716) 849-6800
F: (716) 849-6806
E: pah@bhhattorneys.com

Phyliss A. Hafner is a partner at Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC. She is an experienced trial attorney who concentrates her practice in defending personal injury cases.

Ms. Hafner focuses primarily in the areas of products liability, labor law, trucking/transportation negligence, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and municipal liability. She has 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.

Ms. Hafner handles cases throughout New York State and in Pennsylvania.

Professional Affiliations/Activities

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Themis Advocates Group
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Upstate New York Chapter
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Erie County (N.Y.) Bar Association
  • Buffalo Claims Association

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Analysis, Defense & Trends, Hudson Insurance, July 2018
  • Speaker, Technology Involving U.S. Trucking Claims, 2017 Trucking Insurance Seminar in London, United Kingdom, November 2017
  • Speaker, Defending Claims Involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Themis Annual Meeting, January 2017
  • Speaker, UM/SUM Coverage Update, New York State Bar Association, April 2017
  • Speaker, Legal Implications and Analysis of Drone Usage in Collision Reconstruction, Arkansas Trucking Annual Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, Minimum Training Requirements for Entry Level Commercial Vehicle Drivers, Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, “Practical Skills: Basic Tort and Insurance Law Practice,” New York State Bar Association 2008
  • Speaker, “Responding to the No-Fault Application: Procedural Issues, Defense Strategies,” New York State Bar Association 2007
  • Speaker, “Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in New York,” Lorman Education Services 2003
  • No-Fault: A Re-Examination and Analysis of the New Regulations, New York State Bar Association 2000
  • Co-author, “Governmental and Individual Claims in Gun Litigation and Coverage: Where to Go from Here?; Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Quarterly (2000)
  • Gun & Lead Litigation, Erie County Bar Association 1999

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D. 1997
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Management (summa cum laude) 1994
  • Niagara County Community College, A.A.S., Business Administration (with high distinction) 1992

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State — All Courts
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D. 1997
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Management (summa cum laude) 1994
  • Niagara County Community College, A.A.S., Business Administration (with high distinction) 1992

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State — All Courts
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York