Stephanie L. Burns


Areas of Practice

Professional Experience

Together with other members and associates in the firm, Stephanie Burns represents public school districts as General Counsel in Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland Counties, New York. Ms. Burns handles student disciplinary proceedings, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, impartial special education hearings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and NY Education Law. She advises school districts and municipalities in all phases of construction, including architect and construction management agreements, competitive bidding, change orders, arbitrations and litigations. She also advises school districts, as well as other public entities, regarding Freedom of Information and Open Meetings law issues, contracts and real property tax assessment.

Ms. Burns has defended public and private sector employers in federal civil rights actions, which include discrimination and retaliation claims and has represented clients in federal and state courts in matters involving land use, municipal, construction, landlord/tenant and commercial disputes.

Ms. Burns joined the firm in 1997 directly from law school.


  • State and Federal Courts of New York
  • State and Federal Courts of New Jersey 

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section; Member, Municipal Law Section)
  • Westchester County Bar Association (Past President; Member, Diversity Committee; Member, Education Law Committee; Managing Editor of Westchester Lawyer)
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association
  • New York State School Boards Association

Professional Activities/Publications

Ms. Burns has been a lecturer for seminars sponsored by Pace University School of Law, Lorman Educational Services, Westchester County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Lower Hudson Association of School Business Officials on issues related to education law and labor law.


  • 1997, J.D., cum laude, Pace University School of Law
  • 1997, Environmental Law Certificate, Pace University School of Law
  • 1994, M.S., Dartmouth College
  • 1992, B.A., cum laude, Colgate University
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