Lisa Stephanian Burton

Shareholder || Boston

Lisa Stephanian Burton is a shareholder in the Boston office of Ogletree Deakins.  She defends employers in litigation and counsels on labor and employment issues that include wage and hour, discrimination, leaves of absence, and other US state and federal laws and regulations. Lisa also advises employers on business immigration matters. She works frequently with employers in the life sciences, healthcare, technology, retail, manufacturing, employee staffing and financial services industries.

Lisa’s employment litigation practice includes representing clients before state and federal agencies as well as before state and federal courts. She defends wage and hour class and collective actions involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state law. Lisa also defends clients in employment discrimination challenges, including claims of race, gender, age, and disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases.

In her labor and employment counseling practice, Lisa advises clients on employment practices and policies. She counsels employers on structuring the workforce, labor and employment implications of mergers and acquisitions, hiring, firing, management and reductions in force (RIF).

Lisa’s immigration practice includes helping employees of both large and small companies’ secure employment-based visas and permanent residency. She helps employers achieve immigration solutions for information technology professionals, executive and managerial employees, investors, medical professionals, and scientists and researchers in academia and in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. Lisa also represents clients facing government investigations related to immigration compliance and alleged abuses in immigration-related employment practices.

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Reported Cases

  • Remote Year, Inc. v. We Roam, LLC, No. 1:17-cv-00142 (D. Del. May 4, 2017) (obtained permanent injunction utilizing Defend Trade Secrets Act)
  • Greene v. Walgreen Eastern Co., Inc., 2016 WL 6882622, (D. Mass. 2016) (summary judgment granted in favor of employer in race and age discrimination case)
  • Garmon v. National Rail Road Passenger Corp., 844 F. 3d 307 (1st Cir. 2016) (upholding district court decision in favor of employer on claims of race discrimination under section 1981)
  • DeSaint v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., 2015 WL 1888242 (D. Mass 2015) (summary judgment for Delta Air Lines on claims of violation of state wage and hour laws)
  • Dukanci v. Ann Inc. Retail, 2015 WL 4610468 (D. Mass. 2015) (summary judgment in favor of employer on claims of retaliation for filing claims with Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination)
  • Gordon v. AstraZeneca, AB, 199 F. Supp 3d 325 (D. Mass 2016) (obtained dismissal of ERISA claim)
  • Adamczyk v. Augat, Inc. 52 Mass Ap. Ct. 717 (2001) (affirming dismissal of age discrimination claims based on timeliness and rejection of equitable tolling arguments)


  • J.D., with distinction, Emory University School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., cum laude, Smith College, 1989

Admittance to Practice

  • Massachusetts

Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Women’s Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Eye on Pay Equity: Practical Takeaways From Recent Litigation" - Las Vegas - May 2, 2019
  • Advancing Women in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Policy Symposium - "How Policy Impacts Women's Careers: Responding to the #MeToo Movement" - Boston - March 1, 2019
  • C4CM Webinar - "Accommodating Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace" - June 12, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Fatal Attraction: Dealing With the Obsessive and Serial Pro Se Plaintiff" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Navigating the Harassment Hailstorm" - Boston - January 18, 2018
  • July 20, 2017 - Law360 - "Ogletree Adds Employment Atty From Morgan Lewis"
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Leading Lawyer for Business, Chambers and Partners USA (2017-present)
  • The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment – Immigration (2014)
  • Order of the Coif

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