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Jim Burn, a 1985 graduate of Duquesne University, earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton in 1988. In law school, Jim served as President of the Student Bar Association and as President of the law fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, dedicated to promoting the ethical practice of law. With over 20 years experience in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability, Jim has dedicated his professional life to helping injured people. Jim is ranked AV by Martindale Hubble, the highest ranking that can be given to a Practicing Attorney.


From his Presidency of the Student Bar Association in law school to his legal practice to his current elected positions, Jim has always sought to speak up for his community. Jim is the past mayor of the Borough of Millvale, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2005; past chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee; current Allegheny County Council Member since 2006; and current Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

Jim was recently appointed as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, joining a select few whose responsibility is to review the conduct of peers and their practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jim was named Mayor of the Year in 1997 by the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association; was honored as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 political Influencers by Politics PA in 2010. He has appeared on local and national radio and television programs to comment on a variety of legal and political issues affecting his clients and constituents.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 40%
  2. Social Security: 30%
  3. Employment: 30%



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  • Shanin Specter

    I endorse this lawyer. He has represented injured clients for 24 years, after 10 years of practice he received an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has taken cases to the Supreme Court in order to change laws for the benefit of Pennsylvania's injured workers. His service has included being a council member for the Workers Comp Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He is currently serving as a hearing committee member for the Disciplinary Board. He has also been serving the public as an elected official for 20 years, first as the Mayor of Millvale, then as a County Councilman and now as Democratic State Party Chairman.


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  • Richard James Schubert

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim is an industrious hard working lawyer who works diligently for his clients. I recommend him.


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Contact info

Abes Baumann, A Professional Corporation

810 Penn Avenue Fifth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Community AwardMooseheart2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 50 Political InfluencersPolitics, PA2010
Community Service AwardNorth Hills Community Outreach2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Mayor of the YearPA State Mayor's Association1997
American Jurisprudence AwardN/A1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Hearing Committee Member, Disciplinary BoardSupreme Court of Pennsylvania2012 - Present
ChairmanPennsylvania Democratic Party2010 - Present
AttorneyCohen, Placitella & Roth2009 - Present
Councilman, District -3Allegheny County Council2006 - Present
AttorneyAbes Baumann, P.C.1993 - Present
PresidentAllegheny County Council2011 - 2011
ChairmanAllegheny County Democratic Committee2006 - 2011
MayorMillvale Borough1994 - 2005
AttorneyScarlata & Plastino1990 - 1993
AttorneyJohn R. DeAngelis & Associates1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar Association (Workers' Compensation Section)Member1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Vitac Corp. v. WCAB (Rozanc)Favorable ruling
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Duquesne UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985