Julianna Merback Burdo
Julianna Merback Burdo, a Partner at Wapner Newman, is a graduate of Temple University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Real Estate and Business Administration in 1989. Julianna earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1999. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has also been admitted pro hac vice to practice law in New York and Illinois.
Julianna’s legal career began as a litigation/plaintiff’s personal injury paralegal at Fox Rothschild (formerly Fox, Rothschild, O’Brien & Frankel), where she developed a passion for fighting for injured individual’s rights to recover. While at Fox Rothschild, Julianna attended law school, advanced through the firm’s summer associate and clerkship programs, and, upon graduation from Widener, became the firm’s first staff member turned associate attorney. Throughout her time at Fox Rothschild, Julianna devoted herself exclusively to plaintiff’s personal injury cases and ultimately focused her efforts on cases involving medical and dental malpractice. She subsequently joined the law firm of Kline & Specter where she continued to represent individuals who were victims of medical and dental errors. In 2009, Julianna moved her practice to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she joined forces with the personal injury firm of Terry D. Goldberg & Associates until 2013, when they merged into the firm of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith (HGSK). Through 2018, Julianna served as the firm’s Partner and Chair of the Medical Malpractice Department. Following her time at HGSK, Julianna opened her own Bucks County law practice, Burdo Law Firm, and continued to devote 100% of her time and efforts representing individuals injured by motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, product liability, and medical/dental malpractice.
Julianna brings over thirty years of legal experience to Wapner Newman. Over those three decades, Julianna has concentrated heavily on dental malpractice, cardiology cases, surgical and post-operative errors, delayed cancer diagnosis, emergency room and paramedic malpractice, home nursing errors, obstetrical malpractice (labor and delivery errors, stillborn and shoulder dystocia cases, IVF and high-risk pregnancy complications). Julianna is passionate about women’s health issues and to handling cases in the areas of obstetrics, gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, reproductive rights, pregnancy management during unrelated specialty care, and breast imaging.
Julianna has extensive experience as a trial attorney and has achieved many multimillion dollars results for her clients. A sampling of Julianna’s successful results were in cases involving mismanaged labor and delivery resulting in brain damaged newborn, delayed recognition of compartment syndrome, delayed diagnosis and treatment of mandibular osteomyelitis (dental), radial nerve injury resulting in reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) in 19 year old’s dominant arm (dental), failure to suction mucous secretions by home nursing causing death of 11 year old, stillborn birth of full term baby, shoulder dystocia from mismanaged labor and delivery, and operating room fire causing third degree facial burns.
Julianna enjoys writing and has been published in The Legal Intelligencer on topics she feels strongly about including “Associates Should Recognize the Hidden Value of a Mentor” and “Injections and Informed Consent: Pennsylvania’s Disenfrachised Treatment of Patients Receiving Medication Through Transdermal Needle Penetration”. A resident of Bucks County, Julianna is a life-long equestrian.