Attorney Referrals

A number of our clients are referred to us by other attorneys who understand that employment and family law cases are complex and require legal professionals whose practice is focused on these areas of law. If you have a case in these areas, contact our lawyers today: (856) 512-1461.

Our Victories Speak for Themselves

Lawyers from Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law have ample experience getting results for our clients. Some of our proud victories are highlighted below.

Christine Leeds v. Public Employees’ Retirement System

Michelle J. Douglass represented Christine Leeds when she appealed the denial of her Ordinary Disability benefits application. After initially being denied over claims that she was able to perform her duties, Douglass helped reverse the case and grant her retroactive ordinary disability retirement pension benefits.

William Lutz’s Civil Lawsuit

William Lutz, a former business administrator, was fired by the city of Vineland less than a year after his appointment. He sued the city for defamation of character and violation of his civil rights. Michelle J. Douglass represented him in court and reached a $350,000 settlement for William Lutz.

Conscientious Employee Protection Act Lawsuit

Available information is limited due to a confidentiality provision; however, what can be shared is that our client, a former HR manager, was able to reach a settlement with a media corporation for $250,000 including the legal fees.

Whistleblower Action Trial

In another confidential case, our lawyers were able to secure a victory for our client after a three-week trial. The parties agreed to a $500,000 settlement in favor of our client, again including legal fees.

Ferentz v Borough of West Wildwood

Michelle J. Douglass represented Lt. Ferentz in police disciplinary charges resulting in Lt. Ferentz' full reinstatement and back pay and thereafter tried a whistleblower case against West Wildwood resulting in a $1.7 million verdict and award of more than $700,000.00 in attorneys fees.

Glass v. City of Atlantic City

Deputy Chief Will Glass was "iced out" of his job after he engaged in First Amendment protected union activity and association which led to Michelle J. Douglass bringing a lawsuit on his behalf. After a three week trial in federal Court, a unanimous jury verdict was rendered in Deputy Chief Glass' favor which required the defendants to pay more than $1.2 million.

Petroski v. State of New Jersey

Robert Petroski, a prison guard was harassed and retaliated against by his supervisors after he reported false entities made by his co-worker in a log book. Bob was harassed so bad that he was forced to take an extended leave of absence from his job. Phil Burnham and Michelle Douglass took over this case and brought the matter to a jury trial resulting in a six figure settlement paid by Defendant before the jury returned a verdict.

Conscientious Employee Protection Act Case

Michelle and Phil recently tried a Conscientious Employee Protection Act (whistleblower) case in State Court which resulted in a jury verdict completely in favor of our client and from which an appeal was taken to the State Appellate Court. The matter settled in favor of our client, however, because of a Confidentiality provision, we are not at liberty to disclose the monetary terms. The client and his wife told us that our hard work and determination was greatly appreciated and that they were eternally grateful.

Lawyers Who Get Results for You

Our attorneys understand what it takes to succeed with employment law and family law cases. If you’ve been contacted by a client for one of these matters outside of your specialties, contact our office today. We are available to co-counsel and can help you fight for the outcome your client deserves.

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What Sets Our Firm Apart?

The Difference is Clear 
  • Care

    We approach each client with compassion, empathy and care.

  • Experience

    We have an in-depth understanding of the law and how it relates to your unique case.

  • Personal Attention

    We will provide you with the personal attention your case deserves.

  • Flexible

    We offer video, after hour and weekend appointments for your convenience. 

  • High-Quality Representation

    We deliver high-quality legal work because we handle select cases.

  • Dedication

    We have been serving the needs of our clients for over 30 years and are dedicated to your success.

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The Stories That Matter

See What Our Valued Clients Have to Say
  • I could not have been more pleased with the firm or our result.

    “From the first meeting with Michelle Douglass and Philip Burnham, I knew they were the skilled lawyers I needed. After a bad employment experience, I felt betrayed and hurt but Michelle, Phil, ...”

    - Michelle M.C.
  • Both Michelle and Phil made me feel like I was a family member they were representing.

    “This testimonial will be the most honest you have ever read. My journey is incredible..my case was actually dismissed in summary judgment due to fact I had incompetent counsel previously. Michelle ...”

    - Robert K. Petroski
  • After meeting Michelle, she gave me the confidence I needed to fight for what I deserved.

    “When I first met Michelle, I had so many fears about filing a lawsuit. I was afraid of actually filing against Atlantic City Board of Education simply because what I had gone through was torture. I ...”

    - Maria Marino
  • I never knew compassion, value and honesty could exist in an attorney until I met Philip.

    “I'm hoping there's enough space to comment on my experience with Philip as he assisted me on a very personal matter... I was recommended by two different sources, so I hoped & prayed this would be my ...”

    - Dan
  • She was always very prompt in her follow-up and developed a winning strategy for me.

    “I am very grateful Mrs. Michelle J. Douglass took my case. You demonstrated to me great expertise. She was always very prompt in her follow-up and developed a winning strategy for me. Working with ...”

    - James Runyon
  • Michelle Douglass is a straight shooter and fights for your rights.

    “The firm handled my case in a dedicated and professional manner. Michelle Douglass is a straight shooter and fights for your rights. Her tenaciousness and no nonsense approach quickly set the tone and ...”

    - Dave Daniels
  • Phil's service exceeded my expectations and I found him to be more responsive and sensitive to my situation than the previous lawyer I had used.

    “Phil Burnham is an excellent divorce lawyer! Phil's service exceeded my expectations and I found him to be more responsive and sensitive to my situation than the previous lawyer I had used. He was ...”

    - Abby
  • Ms. Douglass always returned my calls promptly as if I were the most valuable client among the many she represents.

    “It has been a pleasure for the last couple of years working with Michelle Douglass and the entire 'My rights lawyers team'. Michelle's experience and legal knowledge on employee rights impressed me ...”

    - Heather
  • I was helped by Michelle every step of the way, with guidance and answers. She is remarkable and I love her.

    “My name is Joanne Craven. I have been a long time client of the firm and have become a personal friend with Michelle Douglass as a result. Just recently, they helped me through a very difficult time. ...”

    - Joanne Imperatore
  • Ms. Douglass, I got a feeling of genuine concern, unlike that of the prior attorneys I had spoken to.

    “I first met attorney Michelle Douglass in late fall of 2003. I had been to numerous attorneys trying to find one that was not only capable, but willing to take on such a challenge. When I presented my ...”

    - Kathy Jen
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