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Get to Know the Firm

Meet Ben.

Benjamin Burdick, Esq., the owner of Burdick Law PLLC, is a Syracuse native dedicated to providing compassionate, affordable, and above all high-quality legal services to the hardworking people of Central New York.

Before entering law school, Ben studied theoretical physics. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from New York University, he went on to earn a master's degree from the prestigious Perimeter Institute in Canada, where he studied the philosophical and mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics.  Ben loved the intellectual rigor of physics, but decided ​to study law in order to put his writing skills to concrete use improving the lives of ordinary people.

Ben received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Executive Editor and Student Notes Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law.  He published work in the Journal which can be found at 41 BJELL 409 (2020) and 40 BJELL 167 (2019).  During law school, he worked as a law clerk in the Alameda offices of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld P.C., volunteered with the East Bay Community Law Center's Tenants' Rights Workshop, and served as a student director of Legal Aid at Work's Workers' Rights Clinic. 

After graduating law school, Ben served as a law clerk to Justice Lidia Stiglich of the Nevada Supreme Court. Subsequently, he returned home to Syracuse, where he practiced union-side labor law with Blitman & King LLP before forming his own practice. 

In addition to managing Burdick Law PLLC, Ben serves as "of counsel" to Satter Ruhlen Law Firm, PLLC. Burdick Law and Satter Ruhlen are independent law firms that share a commitment to workers' rights, dedication to the labor movement, and an office at 217 South Salina Street.  They collaborate and share resources in order to provide top-notch legal services to clients while retaining their separate identities. If you are a client of Ben's through Satter Ruhlen, please visit their website for further information.

Ben lives in Syracuse with his wife. They have two children and two dogs. In his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing and gardening.

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Results

No attorney can guarantee results with certainty.  Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Substantial Monetary Settlements

Hundreds of thousands of dollars recovered for victims of hiring discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft

Protecting Union Work

Multiple arbitration awards directing employers to stop outsourcing union jobs to non-union subcontractors

Winning Defenses for Workers

Successfully avoided or obtained dismissal of  litigation accusing workers of breaches of nondisclosure and noncompete agreements

Enforcing Union Contracts

Obtained arbitration award ordering employer to give unionized employees a retroactive cost-of-living increase during historic inflation of 2021-22

Reinstatements

Victories in disciplinary arbitrations and public-sector hearings, putting workers back on the job

Preserving Arbitration Victories

Obtained court order confirming and enforcing arbitration award prohibiting public employer from collecting unnecessary personal health information from employees

I was hopeless and frustrated both mentally and financially after replacing two attorneys who kept charging me a lot for endless paperwork but made little progress after almost 4 years of back-n-forth. ... Before I gave up on the system, a friend of mine recommended Benjamin. He not only caught up my case for very reasonable cost, he also showed care and understanding of my situation like no one else before. ... He kept the process very transparent and his strategy was super effective and efficient. 

W. Z.

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