Employment and Employee Benefits Litigation
Serving Clients in New York and Pennsylvania
William E. Burkhart, Jr. is the firm's founder and principal. He is a dual-professional,
holding both a Master of Science degree in Career and Human Resource Development (Organizational Development)
from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law.
While at Widener University, he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and argued Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) issues in the
prestigious Wagner Labor Law Interscholastic Moot Court Competition. Mr. Burkhart is admitted to practice
law in the State of New York and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Disability,
Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Monroe County, New York, Bar Association.
Our firm focuses on employment and employee benefits litigation.
Typical cases include negotiating severance benefits, litigating wrongful discharge claims,
and reversing long-term disability determinations. Moore's Federal Practice, the United States
Code Service (Lawyer's Edition), the New York Consolidated Laws Service, and Jonathan R. Mook,
Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
(Matthew Bender 2004 Supp.) use Mr. Burkhart's cases to annotate substantive definitions
and procedural rules. We are available to --
· represent clients
· consult with other law firms
· act as local or co-counsel on litigation matters
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) litigation is of particular interest.
Mr. Burkhart was one of the 35 ERISA litigators to attend the 2003 American Law
Institute - American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) Employee Benefit Litigation seminar, held in
San Francisco, CA. Sunderlin v. First Reliance Std. Life Ins. Co., 235 F. Supp. 2d 222, 2002 U.S.
Dist. LEXIS 22646, 29 Employee Benefits Cases (BNA) 2227 (W.D.N.Y.) is a recent ERISA case
litigated by our firm. Sunderlin has been cited by Moore's Federal Practice and by three
sections of the United States Code Service (Lawyer's Edition).
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