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1300 I Street NW, suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

202 538 8120

Local Litigation Star

National Practice Area Star

Top 100 Trial Lawyers


Practice areas:

Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA)
White collar crime


William “Bill” Burck is Co-Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Co-Chair of the Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. Mr. Burck, who is a member of the Washington, D.C. and New York Bars, is also resident in the New York office. Mr. Burck is recognized by The New York Times as “one of the country’s top lawyers” and was named the “D.C. White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Lawyer of the Year” for 2019 by Chambers USA, the world leader in lawyer. He has been named for four consecutive years as a top five white collar defense lawyer in the U.S. by Law360, an unprecedented achievement.  Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Burck the “White Collar/Investigations/Enforcement Lawyer of the Year,” noting he is lauded by peers as “the best of the best” and one of the country’s top trial lawyers. Mr. Burck is co-leader of the practice that has been named, amongst other accolades, “Transatlantic Investigations Team of the Year” by The American Lawyer, “White Collar Practice of the Year” four years in a row by Law360, and “Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year” by Global Investigations Review.


The international media has called Mr. Burck an expert in cross-border cases, and he is described by leading legal periodicals as a “very charismatic trial lawyer,” a “great strategist in adversarial proceedings,” and a “Trailblazer” in white collar defense and corporate investigations. Chambers USA  notes that Mr. Burck is an “extraordinary advocate” who “has a fantastic reputation and he's involved in virtually every large white-collar case that comes out,” adding that "he's always up to speed, tactical and is a very impressive guy." The national press has further described his advocacy for clients as “brilliant, asymmetrical defense.

Mr. Burck is a trial lawyer who represents companies, boards of directors and senior executives in investigations, sensitive matters, corporate crises, litigation and other disputes involving the federal and state governments of the United States (including the DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC, the FTC, District Attorney’s Offices, State Attorneys General, other law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and the United States Congress) and governments of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Mr. Burck’s practice focuses on solving clients’ most difficult legal and regulatory challenges, whether in the context of civil, criminal, congressional or parallel probes. Mr. Burck has considerable experience defending clients in multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation conducted cooperatively by United States, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and African government authorities.

Mr. Burck is former Special Counsel and Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., and a former federal prosecutor in New York City.


Top Cases of 2019:

State of Florida v. Robert Kraft, Case No. 2019MM002348
William A. Burck led the defense team for Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, in connection with solicitation of prostitution charges brought against him by the State of Florida. The charges stem from an investigation launched by the Jupiter Police Department (“JPD”) concerning alleged prostitution taking place at a spa in Jupiter, Florida. As part of that investigation, the JPD obtained a sneak-and-peek search warrant that authorized the JPD to conduct covert video recording inside the private massage rooms within the spa. According to the JPD, those recordings captured footage of Mr. Kraft engaging in paid sex acts. Mr. Burck and his team challenged the constitutionality of the sneak-and-peek search warrant on various grounds, including that it failed to minimize the extent to which lawful conduct was surveilled. Specifically, Mr. Burck argued that the warrant was facially invalid insofar as it permitted the JPD to conduct unfettered recording of all activity—legal or illegal—and any type of person (male or female) entering the spa. After extensive briefing and a three day suppression hearing, the Court granted Mr. Kraft’s motion to suppress, concluding that the warrant “fail[ed] to consider and include instructions on minimizing the impact on women…in a setting with a high legitimate expectation of privacy” and contained “no minimization techniques or directives” to be implemented by the JPD when “viewing male spa clients receiving lawful services.” The State has appealed the ruling. Meanwhile, the videos remain under seal.


Boeing 737 Max Accidents
The firm, led by William A. Burck, represents a large number of current and former Boeing employees and executives in connection with the US government’s investigation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the same model aircraft that was involved in the fatal Lion Air Flight 610 accident in October 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident in March 2019.  Investigations and inquiries by the US DOJ, FAA, DOT, SEC, and Congress involving the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft remain ongoing. News reports as recent as July 19, 2019 suggest that the current grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will cost Boeing at least $4.9 billion as well as an addition corresponding costs for airline companies of at least hundreds of millions of dollars per year.


Last updated September 2019