Phyliss A. Hafner

Phyliss A. Hafner

Phyliss A. Hafner is a partner with the law firm of Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC.  She is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in defending personal injury cases all across New York State, primarily in the areas of products liability, labor law, trucking/transportation negligence, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and municipal liability.

Ms. Hafner can be e-mailed at


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Management, 1994, Summa Cum Laude
  • Niagara County Community College, 1986-1991, A.A.S. Business Administration, 1992, With High Distinction

Practice Areas:

  • Products Liability
  • Labor Law
  • Trucking and Transportation Negligence
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents (including third-party personal injury and first-party claims)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Catastrophic Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability

Admitted to Practice:

  • New York State - All Courts
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations:

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Buffalo Claims Association
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
  • THEMIS Advocates Group
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance)
    • Upstate New York CLM Chapter
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)

Civic Activities:

    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY's Young Professionals Group 


    • Governmental and Individual Claims in Gun Litigation and Coverage:  Where to Go from Here?, co-author, privately published by Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
    • Lecturer, Basic Tort and Insurance Law Practice, New York State Bar Association, 2008
    • Lecturer, Responding to the No-Fault Application: Procedural Issues, Defense Strategies, New York State Bar Association, 2007
    • Lecturer, Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in New York, Lorman Education Services 2003
    • No-Fault: A Re-Examination and Analysis of the New Regulations, New York State Bar Association, 2000
    • Gun & Lead Litigation, Erie County Bar Association, 1999