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Natalie Maureen-Ryan Burston

Child abuse Attorney at Harrisburg, PA

5.0   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Natalie

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​I am a lifelong Central Pennsylvania resident.  I graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1997 and went on to graduate from Kutztown University in 2001.  After graduation, I was employed full-time by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue while attending the night division student program at Widener University School of Law.  After graduating from law school, I remained employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue until accepting a position at the Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office. 

The Public Defender’s office hired me under a MacArthur Foundation grant which was created in the wake of the Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” scandal and sought to improve juvenile representation in the state of Pennsylvania.  As an attorney committed to ensuring that all children receive exemplary representation in the criminal-justice system, I participated in drafting and editing a juvenile defense manual that is used by attorneys throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  For over five years, I served as a board member of the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania.  I have also lectured at numerous presentations on the effective representation of juveniles in the state of Pennsylvania.  

While at the Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office, I also represented hundreds of adult clients in various stages of the criminal process.  I have represented clients at both the magisterial district judge and court of common pleas levels.  In this capacity, I gained invaluable trial experience that ranged from representing clients in less complex misdemeanor trials to serious felony trials. 

After leaving the Dauphin County Public Defender's Office, I joined the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).  While serving in the AOPC's Judicial Education Department, I provided continuing legal education to trial judges across the Commonwealth regarding new and emerging areas of the law.  In addition, I was a contributing writer for one benchbook and oversaw the creation of another benchbook, which state trial judges reference to assist in the disposition of cases. 

Location

The Law Office of Natalie Butston
204 King Avenue
Harrisburg, PA, 17109

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2023
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Reasonable price and excellent representation
Natalie helped me dismiss a public intoxication charge that would have adversely affected me personally as well as professionally. Her rates were very reasonable.
Posted by Ramona | November 19, 2020
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Natalie Burston aka Wonder woman
I was very pleased with the service I received from Natalie Burston from Day 1 , just in consulting with her , she was very precise and concerned , made me feel really confident , so I hired her and in just a matter of days everything was done case closed . At all times being very professional and respectful, She will always be the lawyer I would recommend first, she was well worth my money.
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Posted by Alfonso and Tina | May 13, 2020
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PFA/Custody/ Child Support/Expungement
After hiring and PAYING another lawyer, Natalie was hired and actually DID THE JOB the other attorney was paid to do. She had VERY little time to prepare, but you would never have guessed with how well she was able to handle the case. (defended against PFA in court) So, we tested the breadth of her knowledge with custody, child support and expungement. She is amazing. She's compassionate, knowledgeable, professional, and always calm and well poised. You can't help but feel confident when she's handling your case. From paperwork to the courtroom, she's got you covered!
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Posted by Kevin | September 3, 2019
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THANK YOU Miss Burston
Miss Burston represented me in a case that could have depleted me in many ways. Miss Burston kept in regular contact with me. Explained the legal process in depth with me. I would and will use Miss Burston again no question!!! THANK YOU Miss Burston!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2019
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Outstanding!
As soon as we met Natalie, we knew we made the right choice. Natalie is an expert in her field, she helped us understand the process that was involved in getting custody returned to us. She took the time to explain everything to us, and gave us clear direction on what we needed to do. We had a successful outcome, and we are so happy that we hired Natalie Burston.
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Posted by Renee | May 3, 2019
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Feeling confident
I just retained her as my lawyer for some personal issues and I can say that she is compassionate and listens and I feel confident she will help me with a great outcome!
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2019
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Compassionate lawyer in the Harrisburg area
Natalie helped me to navigate my divorce during a difficult time with compassion and competence, and I recommend her highly to anyone in the area.
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2019
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Helped me drop charges
Helped me dismiss a ticket worth 600. Her fee was far less. Already recommended her to a friend with a high speeding ticket. Great service at affordable rates!
Posted by Kim | October 18, 2018
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Amazing, Caring, Knowledgeable Lawyer
I cannot say enough positive things about Natalie. She really listens to what you have to say, all of your concerns etc. and she always gets back to you in a timely manner with any questions, etc. My husband and I needed to hire a custody lawyer to help our daughter (who was going thru a custody battle with her ex-husband). I googled top 10 custody lawyers in the Harrisburg area and she came up as one of them. She was the first and only one I met with (I hired her right on the spot) as I knew right away we would be making the best decision ever by hiring Natalie. She of course then met with my daughter and my daughter called me immediately after her meeting and said "mom she is so awesome" I know she truly cares. And I said yes, I felt the same way. We had the utmost confidence in Natalie and it is just such a big weight off your shoulders when you know that for something like a custody battle that you have someone like her in your corner that is going to fight for you. And not just fight but genuinely show compassion as well. She isn't just doing it for a paycheck, but to help you. My daughter said during the entire custody hearing Natalie was professional and composed and anything the other lawyer and her ex-husband tried to rouse them with Natalie handled with her expertise in the law and in the best interest of her client. And when you are in a custody battle you want someone who will fight for you in the way she does, which is by caring, being so very smart and most of all with integrity. I know that she does more than custody as well and I believe no matter what you would hire her for she is the best. FYI my daughter won but she did in a way that was in the best interest of my granddaughter which is all my daughter wanted.
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Posted by Moe | September 4, 2018
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Great attorney hands down
She was upfront and did exactly what she said she would which is rare for an attorney
Posted by K | August 3, 2018
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The Absolute Best
During our very first meeting, Natalie gave me her word she would work hard to get me the best outcome possible, and she did. My case was completely withdrawn at the preliminary hearing and I never even had to step in front of a judge. The first attorney I contacted didn’t even meet with me. He told me there was nothing he could do, that my case would be sent to the Court of Common Pleas and he would charge me an arm and a leg for doing nothing. I got Counselor Burston’s information from the Public Defender’s office, where she used to work. I like that she uses her skills to help regular working folk like myself, and that she supports the idea of justice for all, not just the rich and powerful. Natalie’s professionalism was reassuring during an overwhelmingly stressful time. She worked within my budget, fought hard and got me a result I didn’t even think possible. With all the lawyers available, it felt like a complete crapshoot finding a good one. I really got lucky finding her. I hope I never need Natalie again, but if I do, she’ll be the first person I call.
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Posted by Tina & Patrick | July 9, 2018
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Custody Case
Natalie Burston is an amazing lawyer. She really listens to you and helps you through the process. We were new to filing for custody and she was really there for us every step of the way and really explained everything and helped us understand what was happening through the whole process. I would highly recommend Natalie Burston to anyone going through custody or family issues.
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Posted by Madison | May 25, 2018
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Efficient
Natalie Burston is a great attorney as she returns phone calls and listens to the story. She is readily available and willing to help her client. She represented me in a custody case and I was very worried but she was able to help me to calm down and get through the process. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Allison | May 3, 2018
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Amazing Lawyer
Natalie is an absolutely amazing lawyer. She works FOR YOU!!! she keeps in contact always lets you know whats going on and answers phone calls. She knows what she is doing. She is straightforward and tells you from the get go whats going on. She knows the laws BETTER THAN MOST JUDGES. When we were in court other lawyers were coming up to her for advice and with questions. She was actually recommended to me by another firm. She truly is a kick ass attorney and i would hire her again in a second. If you need a lawyer call Natalie Burston she really really is an amazing lawyer.
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Response from Natalie Burston May 3, 2018
Allison-Thank you for the review.
Posted by Amanda | April 19, 2018
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Extremely Satasified
Answered all my emails, txt, and phone calls in a timely manor. Left me feeling safe and secure with all decissions made. Actually cared about the case and not "just another job". Very professional
Posted by Adam | December 14, 2017
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Natalie is the best
I couldn't be more pleased with Natalie's performance and professionalism when it came to representing me I don't know what I would have done without her.. Thanks for everything Natalie!!
Posted by Donald | August 16, 2017
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EXPUNGEMENT
Atty. Burston is exceptionally professional with a personal touch that is uncommon in our society. She listened very carefully to my concerns and request for expungement. She was always timely in the execution of all procedures and continued to contact me with follow-up on a regular basis. I will remain extremely grateful for her help.
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Posted by Brenda | August 14, 2017
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Best attorney ever!!!
Ms. Burston facilitated our adoption making the process as stress-free as possible. She explained the process and steps in a way that was easily understood and always kept us informed. She was always available to answer questions and even provided us with her cell phone number to reach her after hours if necessary. It was nice knowing that she was there if something unexpectedly popped up. However, if we had to leave a message, she responded very quickly. She was knowledgeable and her fees were the best around and well within the norms for an adoption. While a pleasant personality isn't a requirement to do the job well, Ms. Burston is most pleasant and an incredible lady and attorney with a good heart. We'll always be grateful that we discovered her and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Elizabeth | December 27, 2016
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Friendly and compassionate advocate
Ms. Burston listened thoroughly to my concerns and promptly offered several solutions. She laid out best and worst case scenarios for each course and helped guide me to the right decision for me and my family. She utilized past experience and community connections to support the case. She is a genuine and honest person and I trust her completely. She will be your advocate!
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Posted by Russell | December 8, 2016
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Outstanding warrant inquiry
I was falsely identities in an arrest and the chief of police who was handling the case thought it would be a good idea if I got some solid legal advice and even perhaps an official inquiry. Natalie handled everything effortlessly and professionally.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Natalie Burston
  • 2016 - Present
  • Judicial Education Specialist
  • Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts/Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Dauphin County Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Tax Account Specialist
  • Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
  • 2003 - 2009
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PA
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Associations

  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania
  • Board Member (Secretary)
  • 2011 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Fundamentals of a Criminal Law Practice
  • Juvenile Representation in Pennsylvania
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (32)
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Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Other
"Natalie Maureen -Ryan Burston is an excellent attorney. She is passionate about representing her clients and very skilled. I worked along side her in a clinical seminar and have the utmost trust she will get the job done for you"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She fights for her clients with passion and is committed to deepening her advocacy skills, such as through her recent training at the Trial Lawyer's College."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Any attorney who attends Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College is a devoted, caring attorney. Lawyers learn to be outstanding attorneys at this college, a place I frequently find Ms. Burston. She impressed me so much because of her knowledge of the law, her experience, her devotion to her clients, her heart. She really cares for her clients. If she agrees to take your case, consider yourself in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Natalie and I meet at the Jerry Spence Trial Lawyers College for Direct Examination Seminar and we are both are attending the Jerry Spence Defense of the Damned in June of this year. While at the Seminar for Direct Examination she displayed her abilities to win cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Burston was my supervisor when I was an intern at the Dauphin County Public Defender's Office. I worked with her in various court appearances. She is an outstanding and hard-working attorney that will give her clients all of her attention and work her hardest to achieve the best possible outcome for them. Definitely an attorney you'll be glad to have in your corner if you are facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was fortunate enough to have Natalie help me with preparation in one of my serious felony criminal cases. Natalie was truly wonderful and has great insight and a hard work ethic. She also possesses a sensitivity and compassion that is often in short supply in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Just had the GREAT pleasure of spending a long weekend working on cases with Natalie at an exclusive seminar, and she is AMAZING. Having done this for so long, my Radar for "real deal" lawyers is spot on, and Natalie has everything we want for our clients. Caring matters, because it WORKS."
Child abuse Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Natalie is a great attorney and an even better person. I've known Natalie for over 10 years, and she is of the highest professional and personal integrity. I would not hesitate to hire Natalie as my personal attorney. She is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Natalie on a complex family law case recently and found her assistance invaluable. I enjoy collaborating with her and can easily see why clients find her an excellent attorney."
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