Amanda Burns Selected as Forty Under 40 Honoree

Ward Greenberg is pleased to announce that Partner Amanda Burns has been selected by the Rochester Business Journal as a 2021 Forty Under 40 honoree.  

Forty Under 40 recognizes 40 men and women under the age of 40, who have achieved professional success and are giving back in meaningful ways to the Rochester community. A panel of judges consisting of previous winners from various professions select the Forty Under 40 honorees. Honorees will be profiled in a special issue of the Rochester Business Journal and recognized in a celebration in November.

"This year's Forty Under 40 is comprised of an incredible and talented group of leaders. Each of these individuals is giving back to the community and sharing their passions while still growing their careers. They are a success in their professions and also make time to be actively involved in the community, to make Rochester the best place to work and to live. We at the Rochester Business Journal congratulate them on their success and look forward to their future accomplishments." - Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal

Amanda is an accomplished litigator who maintains an active practice in counseling and representing corporations, educational and institutional clients in a wide range of business litigation, employment and insurance matters. She is a thoughtful strategist for both risk mitigation and crisis management, helping clients navigate commercial disputes, discrimination claims, breach of contract and risk transfer issues.

Firm Partner Scott Jennette is a big fan of Amanda and says her colleagues at Ward Greenberg are thrilled to see her receive this well-deserved recognition. "Amanda was elevated to Partner at Ward Greenberg in January of 2020 based on her leadership skills, integrity, work-ethic and dedication to colleagues, clients and the profession," he said. "She has distinguished herself by taking on significant leadership roles within the firm and plays crucial roles in the firm's Labor & Employment Law and Insurance Recovery practice groups. She also manages the firm’s Diversity Scholar, Summer Associate, and Associate Training Programs. We are all very lucky to be able to collaborate and work with Amanda. She is truly an all-star.”

Amanda is highly committed to the Rochester community and has taken a hands-on approach to bringing needed legal services to city residents who otherwise would not have been able to afford legal counsel. In the past, Amanda actively was involved in tutoring elementary school students in the Rochester City School District and assisting with Rochester’s Teen Court. Currently, she serves on the Board of LawNY, where she also serves as a litigation resource for staff members. She handles pro bono matters to lend further support to the Rochester community. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Rochester-based InterVol where she supports their mission to bring desperately needed medical supplies and services to those in need by providing legal advice, assisting with fundraising events, and volunteering to help distribute medical supplies across the globe.

Others beyond the firm have certainly taken note. In addition to this recognition as a Forty Under 40 honoree, Amanda was recognized as an Up & Coming Attorney by The Daily Record which highlights future leaders in the Rochester legal community. She was selected by the New York State Bar Association Commercial & Federal Litigation Section as the Hon. Judith Kaye Scholarship recipient for 2021 that provides civil litigation trial skill training to the next generation of commercial litigators so they may rise to first chair roles. She also was listed in Best Lawyers in America (Insurance) and New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists.  

Congratulations Amanda on this achievement and recognition!