Dove A. E. Burns

Dove A. E. Burns

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Hartford, CT

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
 | 185 Asylum Street, City Place II, 15th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-235-0745
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

Dove Burns is Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor Practice Group. She defends 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 employment law and professional liability matters. She has tried numerous cases to verdict and has resolved disputes through arbitration, mediation, and conciliation.

Her extensive professional liability experience includes defending lawyers, mental health professionals, architects, engineers, real estate professionals, property managers, and registered representatives regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in a wide range of claims alleging errors and omissions or other forms of negligence.

In addition, Dove handles a broad array of matters involving employment law and employment practice liability (EPL) claims. She defends executives in matters involving allegations of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct, racial harassment, and corporate malfeasance. She has substantial experience handling complex wage and hour matters as well as actions involving the False Claims Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations, and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act. She represents clients in employment-related matters before various state and federal agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health.

Dove has notable experience in litigation involving non-compete agreements, which includes providing successful counseling and obtaining injunctive relief to help clients enforce their rights and prevent the leakage of proprietary and trade information.

Her experience also includes securities and antitrust litigation, special education law, and condominium/co-op law, as well as general liability, municipal liability, and commercial matters.

Dove regularly provides proactive counsel to employers, handles employment and severance agreements, drafts policy manuals and other management documents, and conducts training sessions to help employers minimize the risk of litigation.

A small sampling of Dove’s experience includes: 

  • Achieving the dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit brought under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act against a school district and its superintendent 
  • Successfully defending a Connecticut city housing authority against alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA 
  • Obtaining judgment in favor of a school teacher, social worker, and principal against claims of infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and equal protection violations 
  • Achieving the dismissal with prejudice of a suit brought by a towing company against a city police department and its chief, in which allegations included violation of due process, violation of equal protection rights, and First Amendment retaliation 
  • Obtaining dismissal on behalf of a multibillion-dollar national fast food chain in a case of first impression involving ADA public accommodation issues 
  • Winning EEOC dismissal of a race and national origin claim against an international fast food giant 
  • Obtaining dismissal of a multimillion-dollar sexual harassment employment matter in federal court 
  • Earning no-cause findings from the EEOC and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities on numerous matters 
  • Successfully defending the board of directors in a condominium/co-op election dispute 
  • Obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of employers in non-compete and trade secret/proprietary disputes 
  • Earning dismissals of Section 1983 claims on behalf of a school board and a municipality 
  • Obtaining dismissal of multimillion-dollar ERISA claims in federal court 
  • Winning summary judgment in a multimillion-dollar property dispute and planning and zoning matter 

Dove has written and lectured on a vast array of employment law topics. She is a regular speaker and chair of seminars and conferences nationwide. She served as Co-Chair of the Employment Practice Liability Insurance ExecuSummit for three consecutive years and has been a speaker for the last four years. She has spoken at the American Conference Institute (ACI) National Employment Practices Liability Insurance Conference and the American Staffing Association Staffing Law Conference, among others.

About Dove Burns

Admitted: 2004, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:


  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Educational Background:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Northwestern University, B.S., 2001
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Office Location for Dove A. E. Burns

185 Asylum Street
City Place II, 15th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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