Lisa Stephanian Burton 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, and financial services industries. Lisa is the leader of the Labor and Employment Practice in the Boston office.
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, and hiring, firing, and reductions in force (RIF). She also guides companies in matters involving the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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.
Emory University School of Law, 1992, J.D.
Smith College, 1989, B.A., Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2017)
Recommended in The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment – Immigration (2014)
Member, Armenian Bar Association
Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
Member, Boston Women's Bar Association
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Bar Association