Sarah E. Hansen

Sarah E. Hansen Sarah E. Hansen is a partner with the law firm of Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC.  She is a litigation attorney who defends personal injury cases arising out of trucking and automobile accidents, employment law matters, labor law, municipal law/governmental liability, premises liability cases, product liability cases and general negligence matters. She is a member of the firm's 24/7 Emergency Response Team. Ms. Hansen handles cases throughout New York in both State and Federal Courts.

Ms. Hansen can be e-mailed at


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D. (cum laude) 2007
    • Buffalo Law Review: Book Review Editor, member of Executive Editorial Board
  • Progressive Law Society: recipient of Activist Gavel Award
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A. (magna cum laude) 2004

Practice Areas:

  • Trucking and Transportation Negligence
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents (including third-party personal injury and first-party claims)
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Municipal Law/Governmental Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • General Negligence
  • Catastrophic Injury Defense

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

Professional Affiliations:

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Webinar Chair for DRI Trucking Subcommittee
    • Past Editor of "The Whisper" publication
    • Vice Chair of Seminar Marketing for DRI Employment and Labor Law Committee
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
  • THEMIS Advocates Group
  • Erie County Bar Association
    • Member of Negligence and Appellate Advocacy subcommittees
  • Participant, International Association of Defense Counsel("IADC") Trial Academy
  • CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance)
    • Upstate New York CLM Chapter


  • “Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace – What Do Employer Clients Need to Know?”, DRI-For the Defense, March 2018
  • "Avoiding Cat-astrophe While Defending Employers: Expanded Cat's Paw Liability Hits the Second Circuit," The Job Description, In publication

  • "Motions in Limine," IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual (3rd Ed. August 2016), with Donna L. Burden

  • "Developments in the Use of Social Media in Litigation and Ethical Considerations," Erie County Bar Association, March 2016

  • "'What You Don't Know Can Hurt You':  Social Media and Attorney Competence," The Voice, July 6, 2016

  • "Avoiding Problems and Pitfalls with Social Media Evidence:  New York and the 'Factual Predicate' Test," The Whisper, June 2016

  • "Electronic Log Books, Driver Logs in the 21st Century," In Transit, March 2015

  • "Diversity of Citizenship Removal: What Transportation Attorneys Should Know About 'Bad Faith' and the One Year Time Limitation," IADC Transportation Newsletter, January 2015

  • "Removing Jurisdictional Gamesmanship from Diversity of Citizenship Removal," The Whisper, May 2014

  • "Not Just a Pretty Picture:  The Continuing Viability of the Logo Liability Doctrine," In Transit, November 2013

  • "Is New York Moving away from Frye?," IADC Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Newsletter, April 2012

  • "No Time to Snooze when Dealing With Punitive Damages," In Transit, April 2012

  • "Warning: Warnings for Seatbelts May Not Be Necessary," IADC Product Liability Newsletter, January 2012

Civic Activities:

  • Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter