About BurnsBarton Attorneys


Christine Burns

Christine Burns’ practice includes a broad spectrum of litigation, specifically focusing on labor and employment.  She represents employers in all employment areas, with a special emphasis on providing front-end employment solutions, and on defending employers from civil rights, wrongful discharge, and class action litigation.  Christine has tried a wide variety of cases before state and federal courts and juries.



David T. Barton

David T. Barton is a veteran employment lawyer who has dedicated his career to the protection of good employers.  He takes a common sense and practical approach to the law, helping employers find ways to accomplish their goals while avoiding legal liability.  Mr. Barton is also a noted speaker and trainer and uses his presentation skills to the advantage of his clients whether in training or in the courtroom.


Benjamin J. Naylor

Benjamin J. Naylor is a skilled employment litigation attorney and a trusted advisor to his clients.  While he has successfully defended employers in courts across the country, he appreciates the chance to work with proactive clients who want to develop policies and practices that keep them out of litigation.  Ben’s areas of focus include wage and hour, and restrictive covenant enforcement.


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Alison Pulaski Carter

Alison Pulaski Carter’s practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial business and employment-related matters.



Fae Sowders

Fae Sowders’ practice is focused on assisting employers bringing qualified foreign nationals into the United States to fill un-met needs.  Ms. Sowders also represents clients in family and employment based immigration.



Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman has practiced management-side employment law throughout her career.  Laura is a skilled and experienced litigator who regularly defends employers against allegations of employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, FMLA and wage and hour violations, wrongful discharge claims and employment-related torts.



Christie A. Hammerle

Christie Hammerle joins BurnsBarton LLP with a wide range of litigation experience, but with a specific focus on employment litigation and counseling.  She represents employers in all employment areas, with special emphasis on litigation, internal investigations, and defending employers against charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC or state agencies.



Katya M. Lancero

Katya M. Lancero joined BurnsBarton in 2014.  Her practice entails all aspects of employment litigation.  During law school, Katya competed in oral arguments at the National Native American Moot Court Competition of 2014 and served as a Third-Year Writer on the Arizona Law Review.




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