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Kimberly W. Burns



One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1999, Order of the Coif
B.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1987, Economics
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania

Kimberly W. Burns


Kimberly Ward Burns is a member in our General Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. She has experience serving individuals and corporate clients, including both for-profit and non-profit entities, and established and emerging growth companies.

In addition to providing general counsel and advice to clients on matters including business formation, corporate governance, ownership succession issues, business planning, the preparation and negotiation of a variety of contracts and transactional documents, Kimberly assists clients in evaluating, structuring, negotiating and documenting complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate reorganizations, financing transactions (debt and equity), joint ventures (domestic and international) and real estate acquisitions, sales and leasing. She has served clients in a wide variety of areas, including manufacturing and distribution, transportation and logistics, franchising, healthcare and entertainment industries. Kimberly has also represented individuals in a wide array of matters, including stock redemptions, executive compensation and severance matters. 

Prior to attending law school Kimberly was employed by the New England Regional Office of the American Arbitration Association, where she supervised the commercial, construction, and insurance caseloads and was responsible for coordinating the screening of new members of the arbitration panel and coordinating and conducting arbitrator training programs. During this time Kimberly completed a Basic Mediation Training Program (33 hours) facilitated by the Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center.


  • Presenter, "Big Changes for LLCs, LLPs, LPs and GPs," PBI Seminar, March and July, 2017.
  • Presenter, "Mergers & Acquisitions," Maher Duessel Annual Non-Profit Update Seminar, July 2015.
  • Presenter, "Mergers & Acquisitions: Developments and Practice Tips," PBI Seminar, June 2015.
  • Presenter, "The New Pennsylvania Law on Entity Transactions," PBI Seminar, May 2015.
  • Presenter, "Piercing the Corporate Veil," PBI Seminar, May 2012.
  • "Entering the United States Market: Business Entity Selection, Location and Formation," Communiqué, April 2012.
  • Presenter, “Post Closing Price Adjustments,” Financial Executives International (Pittsburgh Chapter) Seminar, March 2012, TRA Seminar, November 2012.
  • Presenter, “Commercial Document Series 2011 – LLC Documents,” PBI Seminar, March 2011.
  • Presenter, “Preparing LLC Documents,” PBI Seminar, March 2010.
  • Presenter, “Business Valuation Issues and Opportunities in a Down Economy,” TRA seminar, January 2010.
  • Presenter, “Dealing with Financially Troubled Companies,” TRA seminar, June 2009.
American Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Family Hospice and Palliative Care
Member, Board of Directors, Home Nursing Agency and Visiting Nurse Association
Former Member, Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Former Member, Board of Directors, Westminster Child Development Center/Westminster Nursery School
Past Chair and Current Council Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Law Section
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Title 15 Drafting Committee, Business Law Section
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee
Represented manufacturer in establishing maquiladora operations in Mexico.

Counsel to mid-market health care companies including cancer treatment centers, dialysis centers, sleep labs, and ambulatory surgery centers providing lead counsel and coordinating legal counsel on a wide array of matters including corporate matters, operations, acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint venture projects, corporate governance, business planning and financial transactions, and legal compliance.

Represented purchaser of amusement park operator.
Represented distributor of windows and doors in sale of business assets.
Represented numerous tenants in commercial leasing transactions.
Prepare corporate governance materials and advise Board members on compliance with fiduciary duties for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Represented a joint venture purchaser of assets and associated real estate of a producer and distributor of gourmet food products.
Represented the purchaser of a company operating textile manufacturing and finishing facilities.
Represented healthcare organization in acquisition of property for development as headquarters and patient service location.
Attend to assertion and resolution of contractual indemnification claims/disputes.
Represented purchaser of company engaged in pharmaceutical returns management and disposition.
Counsel to seller of property management and security services businesses.
Represented purchaser of a company engaged in U.S. government and military contracting.
Represented seller of commercial real estate used in former business operations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.
Represented entity in acquisition of hospice assets from a community based organization and subsequent sale to a national hospice organization.
Represented purchaser of assets in a Department of Justice ordered divestiture triggered by DOJ’s view that the underlying transaction was anti-competitive.
Represented seller in sale of company engaged in freight movement and logistics.
Negotiate and draft contracts and transactional documents for clients, including commercial purchase and sale agreements, distribution agreements, service agreements, vendor agreements, license agreements, affiliation agreements, employment related agreements, confidentiality agreements, settlement agreements and releases.
Counsel with respect to the sale of a large steel tubing company with operations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Represented non-profit hospice in acquisition of hospice assets from a healthcare system.
Represented seller in the purchase, by way of a management buyout, of a bimetallic wire company and in subsequent sale of the bimetallic wire company to a Chinese manufacturer of bimetallic composite wire products.