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Ms. Burr has lectured extensively on issues related to lead poisoning litigation, including presentations made at seminars sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, and presentations made to property owners groups and insurers. In October 2000, she presided over a focus group at the Mealey's National Lead Paint Litigation Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. In October 2014, Ms. Burr headed a panel discussion on important insurance issues in lead paint litigation at the HB National Lead Paint Litigation Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

Biography

Kathleen A. Burr joined Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, in 2002. She represents children injured by lead paint poisoning. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Burr has been involved in lead paint litigation, and she brings her experience to serve the children and families she now represents.   Over the years, Ms. Burr has been involved in a number of appellate court cases that helped to form the legal standards that govern lead poisoning litigation in New York State, and is is an accomplished appellate practitioner.

Ms. Burr also has a strong background in insurance coverage issues. At Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, Ms. Burr represents policy holders in first party property loss cases; and handles coverage issues that can arise in lead poisoning litigation.

The policyholder cases handled by Ms. Burr involve property and business income losses caused by fire, and weather-related conditions. Her work on behalf of two Rochester business owners in a fire loss case resulted in a significant recent decision by the New York Court of Appeals in the arena of first-party insurance disputes. The case, Bi-Economy Market Inc. v. Harleysville Insurance Co. of New York, et al., 10 NY 3d 187 (2008), gives policyholders a much-needed remedy to claim consequential damages as a result of improper or wrongful claims handling by insurers. 

Ms. Burr’s earlier work on behalf of a Niagara Falls business owner in an insurance coverage dispute over a water loss resulted in a large settlement against an insurer.

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Ms. Burr has lectured extensively on issues related to lead poisoning litigation, including presentations made at seminars sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, and presentations made to property owners groups and insurers. In October 2000, she presided over a focus group at the Mealey's National Lead Paint Litigation Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. In October 2014, Ms. Burr headed a panel discussion on important insurance issues in lead paint litigation at the HB National Lead Paint Litigation Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Womens' Bar Association Erie County
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Education

Education

  • J.D., 1990, cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    • Robert J. Connelly Award for Trial Advocacy
  • B.S., 1974, summa cum laude, Journalism, Ohio State University
    • Desmond Moot Court Competition Finalist

Admissions

  • 1991 - New York State, U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • 2001 - U.S. District Court - Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York