Loreen M. Burkett

Loreen M. Burkett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Lebanon, PA

Weiss Burkett
 | 802 Walnut Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
Phone: 717-274-1678
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Loreen Burkett has a general practice of law in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, where she has practiced law for 30 years.  Her concentration is in the area of family law, encompassing all areas of custody, divorce, support, adoption, dependency and related legal matters.  She was appointed by the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas to serve as both a custody conciliator and Special Master, deciding custody and divorce cases, for over fourteen years. Burkett served as the County's standing Guardian Ad Litem in dependency cases, ensuring that dependent children have adequate representation, a function she performed for twenty five years.  Burkett is both a family law and general mediator and conducts mediations for the Court and in her private practice.  She has co-founded a private mediation firm, the first in Lebanon County, Conflict Resolution Associates, LLC.  In addition to her private practice, Burkett founded and continues to serve as the instructor for Lebanon County's custody clinic, ensuring that low income residents have access to custody information.  She has written for the PBA Family Lawyer and served on the Council for the PBA's Family Law Section as well as on the Section's Legislative Committee.  In 2014, she was appointed as  Chair of the Adoption and Surrogacy Committee of the Family Law Section, a position she previously held in 2012. From 2015-2016, she was the Family Law Section's liaison to the Children's Rights Committee. She has served as instructor for Continuing Legal Education courses in family law, most recently speaking on March 10, 2015 on Famiy Law from A to Z in Harrisburg. Burkett is a past President of the Lebanon County Bar Association, where she was responsible for opening the first office in the history of the Bar Association and hiring its first Executive Director.  She was named to the Lebanon County Commission for Women in 2010, and served as Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee, recognizing hidden heroes in the local community. In 2018, Burkett was named the Community of Lebanon Business Person of the Year.   In 2017, the firm of Weiss Burkett was voted one of the top five law firms in Lebanon County.  Burkett's previous firm, Keys & Burkett was voted as the number one favorite family law attorney in Central Pennsylvania by the readers of Central Penn Parent magazine in 2010.  In 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 she was named in the Top One Percent of Attorneys nationally by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and in 2015 a top attorney in Central Pennsylvania by Susquehanna Style Magazine. Burkett is a member of the Investigative Division of the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators since 2013, having completed both general and family mediaton training.  She has been a long time member of the House of Delegates, the governing body of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  Burkett serves on the Board of Directors of the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, and in the position of Secretary on the Executive Board of that organization, which aids victims of sexual violence.

About Loreen Burkett

Admitted: 1988, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: www.weissburkett.com/attorney-profiles/loreen-marae-burkett/

Honors/Awards:

  •  National Association of Distinguished Counsel- Named Top One Percent of Attorneys in the Nation 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Top Attorneys in Central Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Style Magazine, 2015
  • Voted #1 Favorite Family Law Attorney in the Central Pennsylvania Area by readers of Central Penn Parent Magazine for 2010., Favorite Family Law Attorney, 2010
  • Community of Lebanon Association Business Person of the Year- 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 2015-2018, 10 Best in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Mediation Certification for General Mediation, 2015
  • Family Law Mediator- Completed 40 hours of mediation training to qualify as a family law mediator., 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Family Law Section/ Childrens Rights Committee Liaison 2015, 2016
  • Chair- Adoption and Surrogacy Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2015
  • Chair- Adoption and Surrogacy Committee of the Family Law Section- Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2014
  • Legislative Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2012
  • President- Lebanon County Bar Association, 2007
  • President, Lebanon County Bar Association, 2006
  • Vice President- Lebanon County Bar Association, 2005
  • Vice President,-Lebanon County Bar Association, 2004
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Division- Lebanon County Bar Association, 1990
  • Pennyslvania Bar Association House of Delegates- 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Family Law Committee Member- Lebanon County Bar Association-2000-present
  • Adoption and Surrogacy Committee of the Family Law Section- Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2010, Chair, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators- 2013- present
  • Investigative Division Panelist of the Pennyslvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, appointed 2012
  • National Association of Counsel for Children, Member
  • Women in the Profession Section-Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Children's Rights Committee- Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Budget Committee-Lebanon County Bar Association- 2007-present
  • Personnel Committee- Lebanon County Bar Association-2007-present
  • Chair- Women Lawyer's Committee- 2000-2003
  • Council Member- Family Law Section of the Pennslvania Bar Association, 2003-2005
  •  Past President- Lebanon County Bar Association 2006-2007
  • Family Law Section Member- Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lebanon County Commission for Women- County Commissioner Appointee 2010 - 2016.  Chair Lebanon County Women's Hall of Fame Committee 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Member of Hall of Fame Committee- 2017, 2018
  • Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center Board of Directors, 2016 Executive Board, Secretary, 2017
  • Board of Directors, United Forces for Veterans- 2009- 2013
  • Cornwall United Methodist Church- Chairperson of Council on Ministries, Member of Administrative Board and Leadership Team
  • Lebanon Valley Sertoma, Member- 2009- present
  • Custody Clinic-Founder, coordinator and sole instructor for Lebanon County Custody Clinic, continuous service since 1992
  • Board of Directors-Cornwall Children's Center 2001-2004
  • Vice President- Domestic Violence Intervention Board of Directors 1994-1996

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presented a symposium for women on issues women face in society, including divorce, custody, support, protection from abuse, wills and child abuse issues., Moderator, Legal Issues for Women, Harrisburg Area Community College, 2008
  • Presented continuing legal education seminar as part of a panel discussing the role of custody masters., Speaker, The View Roundtable Discussion on Custody from the Master's Perspective, Pennsylvania Family Law Section Winter Meeting, 2007
  • Cioffi v. Cioffi, Author, Case Note, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 28, Issue 1, 2006
  • Haentjiens v. Haentjiens, Author, Case Note, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 27, Issue Nos.1-2, 2005
  • Yerkes v. Yerkes, Author, Case Note, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 26, Issue 1, 2004
  • Ball v. Lambert Farms, Author, Case Note, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volue 25, Issue 3, 2003
  •  Summary of the significance of Act 101 of 2010 and its implementation, as well as the practical effects in adoption practice., Author, Highlights of the New Adoption Act, Lebanon County Bar Association Quarterly Brief, July 2011
  • Instructor\Presenter at Family Law from A to Z  Continuing Legal Education Seminar - March 10, 2015
  • Instructor/Presenter at Family Law Mediation Continuing Legal Education Seminar- July 6, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Recipient of Pennsylvania Bar Association County Bar President's Award, 2007
  • Recipient of Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2006

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor- The Dickinson School of Law, 1988
  • B.A. Albright College- Spanish/Political Science, 1985
Office Location for Loreen M. Burkett

802 Walnut Street
Lebanon, PA 17042

 

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Last Updated: 9/10/2018

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