William Burck is Co-Chair of the firm's D.C. White Collar and Corporate Investigations Group. The New York Times has called Mr. Burck an expert in cross-border cases, and he is described by leading legal periodicals as a "very charismatic trial lawyer" and a "great strategist in adversarial proceedings." Additionally, the national and legal press has described Mr. Burck as "masterful, passionate and articulate" in the courtroom and praised him for his "appropriate sensitivity to client needs and objectives," and called his advocacy for clients "brilliant, asymmetrical defense."
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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. He is former Special Counsel and Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush and a former federal prosecutor in New York City. During his time at the Department of Justice, Mr. Burck investigated and prosecuted a variety of white collar and other criminal cases. He was a member of the trial team in United States v. Martha Stewart, and was lead prosecutor in a number of jury trials.
Odebrecht Group – Lead U.S. counsel to Latin America's largest construction conglomerate in its historic global settlement with the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland resolving allegations of corruption in a dozen countries. The global settlement was unique in both its speed and comprehensiveness, and it introduced the concept of measuring a company’s monetary penalty in the FCPA context by its financial condition and ability to pay.
FIFA – Lead counsel to FIFA in connection with global criminal investigations of corruption in the international football world.
United States v. Robert McDonnell & Maureen McDonnell – Lead counsel to Maureen McDonnell, former First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in a federal criminal case charging Mrs. McDonnell and her husband, former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, with political corruption. Post trial and on appeal, the First Lady's conviction for obstruction was dismissed with prejudice by the trial judge and her other convictions, along with the former Governor's, were thrown out by the Supreme Court of the United States. The Department of Justice subsequently dismissed with prejudice all charges against the Governor and Mrs. McDonnell.
United States v. Joseph Sigelman – Lead counsel to Joseph Sigelman, a successful American entrepreneur who founded and served as co-CEO of an oil services company called PetroTiger, in the highest profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) trial of recent years. In what was described by the national media as a "striking victory for the defense," the U.S. Department of Justice agreed in the middle of trial to drop all of the most serious charges against Mr. Sigelman, including those relating to substantive bribery, kickbacks, defrauding investors and money laundering and wire fraud, permitting Mr. Sigelman to receive no jail time and avoid the 20 years in prison prosecutors had sought.
USA v. Nordlicht – Represents Mark Nordlicht, the founder and former Chief Investment Officer of Platinum Partners, a New York-based hedge fund that at its peak had more than USD 1 billion in assets under management. Lead counsel to Mr. Nordlicht in parallel criminal and civil SEC actions and to the primary Platinum management company in the SEC action. Mr. Nordlicht is the lead defendant in a seven-defendant case involving what the Justice Department has alleged is “one of the largest and most brazen investment frauds perpetrated on the investing public.” Mr. Nordlicht denies the charges and Quinn Emanuel is vigorously defending him against the charges.
Key Practice Areas
- FCPA and Enforcement
- White Collar Crime
Last Updated 14th Augsut 2017