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Heather M. Burns

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Heather Burns represents aggrieved employees and injured victims in matters of employment discrimination, wrongful termination and medical malpractice.

As an employment litigation attorney, she represents primarily plaintiffs dealing with discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, and other employment cases involving both federal and state law. Her medical malpractice practice involves representing plaintiffs in medical negligence cases in state and federal court.

She has successfully litigated cases in both the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, state superior courts and the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Heather also regularly represents employees before the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security and the New Hampshire Department of Labor.

She has a Martindale Hubbell AV rating. Heather has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® and in New England Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Business Edition for Employment and Labor.

Assistant: Mickey Snow

Education
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, JD Graduate School
  • Carnegie Mellon University University
Memberships
  • Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the NH Bar Association 2003-2004 and member of the Labor & Employment Section
  • Member of the Federal Practice Section of the NH Bar Association
  • Member of the Gender Equality Committee of the NH Bar Association
  • Member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association since its inception in 1998
  • Membership in National Employment Lawyers Association since 1990’s
  • Membership in New Hampshire Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association since in or 1993
  • Membership in the New Hampshire Association for Justice f/k/a The New Hampshire Trial Lawyers’ Association since 1990
  • President of The New Hampshire Trial Lawyers’ Association n/k/a the New Hampshire Association for Justice from 2006–2007
  • Membership in the American Association for Justice since November, 2005
  • Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, inducted 2012
  • Granite United Way Campaign Cabinet member
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Womenade of Concord
Awards
Community Involvement

She volunteers as a mediator for the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission mediation program and has been listed in the New England Super Lawyers under Employment & Labor since 2010. She speaks frequently on employment law and trial practice at Continuing Legal Education Seminars.

Locations

Representative Matters

  • Medical Malpractice Failure to Treat

    A verdict of $5 million for a 25-year old woman who went to the Emergency Room of a New Hampshire hospital complaining of a severe headache. Although the CT imaging of her brain showed evidence of a stroke she was not provided treatment for her stroke and as a result, suffered serious permanent injuries.

  • Medical Malpractice Failure to Treat

    A verdict of $1.415 million for an injured man and $400,000 for his wife, where the man presented to his physician with symptoms of a stroke, and yet the physician and hospital failed to treat him for the stroke, resulting in serious permanent injuries.

  • Medical Malpractice Medical Negligence

    A combined verdict of $983,000 for the estate of an elderly woman, and her surviving spouse, where the woman with diabetes had been hospitalized for a heart procedure, suffered an episode of hypoglycemia during her hospitalization, was improperly treated for the hypoglycemia by being given an intravenous dose of D50 in her hand, which extravasated into the vein in her hand, causing a wound in her hand which then contracted MRSA. Ultimately, the woman had the fingers on her hand amputated one at a time, and

  • Employment Discrimination Boisvert v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.

    Gender discrimination under Title VII - U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Total Verdict - $1,168,500

  • Medical Malpractice Estate of Katherine Coffey v. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    Medical negligence, U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

  • Employment Discrimination Madeja v. MPB Corporation d/b/a Split Ballbearing

    Sexual harassment and retaliation, Sullivan County Superior Court.

  • Medical Malpractice Noel and Adam Jodoin v. Ellen Johnson, M.D.

    Medical negligence, Rockingham County Superior Court.

  • Medical Malpractice $5 Million Verdict for Client in Medical Malpractice Case

    $5 million dollar verdict in favor of Noel and Adam Jodoin in a medical negligence case against Dr. Ellen Johnson and Advanced Diagnostic Imaging.

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