"I invest personal time, up front, in getting to know my clients. Understanding their short- and long-term goals – and staying apprised of legal trends impacting their business – allows me to offer informed, reliable advice whenever they require it."
Liz is an advocate and sounding board for clients looking to avoid or manage workplace disputes. She advises business owners and management on a broad range of employment law concerns, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, wage and hour law, discrimination, retaliation, family and medical leave, wrongful discharge, and disability accommodations.
Liz also provides day-to-day human resources counseling, partnering with employers to develop effective policies and creative solutions for handling employment law-related matters. She ensures clients have a strong foundation for managing workplace challenges – drafting and revising workplace policies and handbooks; preparing and enforcing employment contracts; and handling employee terminations and reductions in force.
When disputes escalate, Liz aggressively defends her clients through all phases of litigation, including mediation, settlement conferences, motions practice and trial in both state and federal court, and post-trial matters.
Liz graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was awarded the Charles T. Norman Award for the best all-around graduating student. While in law school, Liz served on the University of Richmond Law Review and had the honor of interning for the Honorable David J. Novak and the Honorable Henry E. Hudson in Virginia’s Eastern District.
Selected as "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" in Richmond for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2022
Appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board for Service and Volunteerism, 2017
Charles T. Norman Award, University of Richmond School of Law, 2018
Draft and negotiate Non-Compete, Non-Solicit, and Non-Disclosure Agreements.
Draft and negotiate employee separation agreements and employee handbooks for clients in diverse industries.
Draft COVID-19 workplace safety policies, vaccine policies, and vaccine exemption request forms.
Represented employers in the construction industry in an FLSA collective action involving overtime pay and joint employer status.
Successfully settled a disability discrimination lawsuit related to drug testing in Eastern District of Virginia for environmental construction company.
Obtained dismissal of unfair labor practices charge before the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of a medical facility.
Successfully enforced a Non-Compete Agreement for a physician and practice owner.
Secured favorable settlement of disability discrimination claim related to telework accommodations at an EEOC mediation.
Successfully defended a general contractor against defamation claims brought by employee of subcontractor.
Obtained a permanent injunction, monetary damages, and attorneys’ fees in trademark violation litigation against data harvesting company.
Obtained six-figure attorneys’ fees judgment for industrial water supply company client in Western District of Virginia.
On behalf of a public energy company, obtained favorable result in a highly technical certified question case before the Virginia Supreme Court.
- 26 Hirschler Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers®, 4 Named “Lawyers of the Year” and 3 Listed Among “Ones to Watch”08.20.2020
- Liz Burneson and Matt Sarfan Outline Key Considerations for Vaccine Mandates for VBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter05.04.2022
- What Employers Need To Know About the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing11.05.2021
- New Year, New COVID-19 HR Issues: What Employers Should Know About The Expiration Of FFCRA Leave And The EEOC’s New Vaccine Guidance01.06.2021
- Age Discrimination Concerns When Instituting Layoffs: Special Considerations For Drafting a Valid Release04.20.2020
- New DOL Regulations on Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Top Five Takeaways for Employers04.06.2020
- Many Companies Will Need to Reduce Employee Payroll Costs Due to COVID-19—What’s the Difference Between a Furlough and Layoff?03.24.2020
- Kelly Bundy and Liz Burneson Offer Tips for Subcontractors Faced with Pay-if-Paid Provisions, in Contractor Magazine02.25.2020
- The Invisible Minority: Discrimination Against Bisexuals in the Workplace , 52 U. Rich. L. Rev. Online 61 (2018)01.28.2018
- What Employers Need To Know About the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and TestingConstruction Law Blog, 11.05.2021
- Construction Law Blog, 04.19.2021
- Construction Law Blog, 04.09.2021
- Construction Law Blog, 01.15.2021
- Construction Law Blog, 10.21.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 08.10.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 07.08.2020
- Virginia Supreme Court Allows Sub-Sub Material Supplier To Recover Directly From General Contractor For Unpaid MaterialConstruction Law Blog, 06.16.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 06.01.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 05.29.2020
- New OSHA Guidance Suspends Enforcement of Record-Keeping Requirements for COVID-19 Cases in Most IndustriesConstruction Law Blog, 04.17.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 03.30.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 03.25.2020
- Closure of “Non-Essential Businesses” and “Stay at Home” Orders: What Do These Mean for the Construction Industry?Construction Law Blog, 03.24.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 03.23.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 03.19.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 03.12.2020
- Kelly Bundy and Liz Burneson Discuss Tips for Subcontractors faced with Pay-if-Paid Provisions in Contractor MagazineConstruction Law Blog, 02.25.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 02.11.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 02.10.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 02.04.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 01.30.2020
- Virginia Department of General Services Issues Final report on Statute of Limitations Exemption for State Construction ContractsConstruction Law Blog, 01.22.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 01.09.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 01.03.2020
- Construction Law Blog, 11.08.2019
- New Virginia Supreme Court Case Refocuses Attention on Commonwealth's Immunity from Statutes of LimitationConstruction Law Blog, 11.04.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 08.26.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 08.06.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 04.22.2019
- Courtney Paulk and Kelly Bundy Discuss “Unpreventable Employee Misconduct” Defense in Article for Construction ExecutiveConstruction Law Blog, 04.16.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 04.08.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 02.21.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 02.14.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 01.23.2019
- Courtney Paulk to Participate in University of Richmond - Robins School of Business's C-Suite ConversationsConstruction Law Blog, 01.18.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 01.09.2019
- Construction Law Blog, 12.27.2018
- Construction Law Blog, 12.21.2018
Beyond the Law
Beyond the Law
Growing up in rural Bedford County, Virginia, Liz developed a love of the outdoors. An avid rock climber, though now she gets her thrills in the courtroom. Moving to Richmond in 2012, Liz found a love for both politics and community volunteering. While studying at University of Richmond Law, she founded a bi-partisan political discussion group, and she can often be found asking anyone and everyone if they’re registered to vote at their current address.
Liz’s ideal weekends are those spent enjoying the city’s restaurants and breweries with her husband, Brandon, her daughter, Lucia and her little terrier mutt, Ernie. Liz and Brandon love traveling to new places and visiting their old favorites, including Smith Mountain Lake and the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
- Magna Cum Laude
- Winner, Charles T. Norman Award for Best All-Around Graduating Student
- Assistant Online Editor, University of Richmond Law Review
- McNeill Law Society
- Order of the Coif
Lynchburg College, B.A., Philosophy and French, magna cum laude
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit