Dove A.E. Burns
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Phone: (917) 994-2550

Dove A.E. Burns focuses her practice on employment law and professional liability. She has experience defending corporate clients and executives, professional service providers, multibillion-dollar international restaurant chains, hospitals, municipalities, housing authorities, nonprofits, and boards of directors in a variety of high-exposure matters.

She has tried numerous cases to verdict and has resolved disputes through arbitration, mediation, and conciliation.

Ms. Burns’ experience includes the following:

  • Representing executives in matters involving allegations of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct, racial harassment, and corporate malfeasance
  • Handling complex wage and hour matters
  • Restrictive covenant disputes
  • Securities and antitrust litigation
  • Defending higher education Institutions
  • Condominium/co-op law
  • Defending lawyers, mental health professionals, architects, engineers, real estate professionals, property managers, and registered representatives regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • General liability, municipal liability, and commercial matters

She provides proactive counsel to employers, handles employment and severance agreements, drafts policy manuals and other management documents and conducts training sessions to aide employers in minimizing and the risk of litigation. 

Honors & Awards

  • Connecticut Super Lawyers ® (2016-2018)
  • New York - Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Star ® (2015-2018)
  • Martindale Peer Review Rating - AV Preeminent 

Professional & Community Activities

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Hartford Chapter: Co-Chair, Educational Committee; Secretary, Steering Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Insurance Federation of New York (IFNY)

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderator, "EEOC Update," Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Scottsdale, AZ, April 25, 2017
  • Moderator, "Building Your Brand Both Inside and Beyond Your Organization," Women in Insurance Leadership ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, April 18, 2017
  • Author, "EEOC Guidance on Mental Health Disorders and the Resulting Ramifications," New York Law Journal, April 11, 2017 (subscription required)
  • Moderator, "The eWorkplace: Exposures in the Digital Age," 2016 PLUS Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 9, 2016
  • Presenter, "The Supreme Court’s Recent Decisions and the Impact on the Employment Law Landscape Going Forward,"12th Annual National Employment Practices Liability ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, September 27, 2016
  • Co-Author, “ADA Website Accessibility: The Time for Compliance Is Now ,” USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016
  • Author, "New DOL Overtime Rule: Where Does This Leave Connecticut Businesses and Employees?" Connecticut Law Tribune, July 25, 2016
  • Presenter, "Uncharted Waters: Transgender Protections Under Title IX," Inaugural Title IX ExecuSummit, July 26, 2016
  • Presenter, "First Department Finds Closure of 25-a Unconstitutional: What Happens Next?" Workers' Compensation Webinar Series, July 13, 2016
  • Presenter, "EEOC Focus on LGBT Employment Matters: Expanding Title VII's Protections, Transgender Accommodations, and the Effect of Marriage Equality," CLM 2016 Midwest Conference, Omaha, NE, June 23, 2016
  • Moderator, "Claims Perspective on Building Relationships With Outside Counsel," ACI's Women Leaders in Insurance Defense, Claims, and Compliance Conference, July 21, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, "EPLI Claims Trends: How the Recent Supreme Court Decisions and EEOC Investigations and Enforcement Impact Employers," USLI Claims Trends: EPLI, June 20, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, "ADA Website Accessibility: The Time Is Now," Webinar, June 2, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, "Transgender Employees and the Status of the Law," PLUS Hartford Chapter, May 26, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Joint Employment Jeopardy: New DOL Interpretation Poses Liability Risk for Employers,” PLDF Quarterly, Winter 2016
  • Quoted in “Conn.-Based Lawyers With Out-of-State Practices Can Run Afoul of UPL Rules ,” Connecticut Law Tribune , November 13, 2015
  • Quoted in "Should Women Consider the Insurance Industry a Good Place for a Successful Career Without Limits?” Claims Management, October 22, 2015
  • Moderator, "Employment Law Case Update and Legislative Review," Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 2, 2015
  • Presenter, "Fast and Furious: The Employment and Labor Law Five-Minute Drill," USLAW Fall 2015 Client Conference, Boston, MA, September 18, 2015
  • Author, "Employers' Guide to Navigating the Criminal Background Check and Application Process," IndustryWeek, August 21, 2015
  • Presenter, "Claims Perspective on Building Relationships with Outside Counsel," ACI Women Leaders in Insurance, New York, NY, July 31, 2015
  • Quoted in " Circuit Clears Way for Lawyer's OT Suit Against Skadden ," New York Law Journal, July 24, 2015
  • Quoted in "Why Your Firm Should Do Psych Profiles On New Hires ,” Law360, April 13, 2015
  • Presenter, "New Legislative Rules and Proposals, Enhanced Collaboration Between Federal
  • Agencies, and an In-Depth Review of Recent Case Law," ACI EPL Conference, New York, NY, March 2, 2015
  • Author, “2015 and the Employer Health Care Mandate ,” Connecticut Law Tribune, February 16, 2015
  • Quoted in “As Ebola Threat Fades, Risks Remain ,” The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2014
  • Presenter, Employment Practice Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, 2011–2014
  • Presenter, “Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims,” ACI’s 21st National Conference on
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Chicago, IL, June 23, 2014
  • Panelist, “Regulators in Professional Liability,” PLUS Hartford Chapter Seminar, Hartford, CT December 11, 2013
  • Presenter, American Staffing Association Staffing World Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2010
  • Presenter, Risk Control Services Summit, Las Vegas, NV, 2010

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