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William “Bill” Burck is Co-Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. Mr. Burck, who is a member of the New York Bar, is also resident in the New York office. For three consecutive years, Mr. Burck has been named one of only a small handful of “White Collar MVP’s” in the nation by Law360, an unprecedented achievement. Benchmark Litigation named Mr. Burck the “White Collar/Investigations/Enforcement Lawyer of the Year” for 2017, noting that Mr. Burck 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” for 2017 by The American Lawyer, “White Collar Practice of the Year” three years in a row for 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Law360, and “Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year” for 2015 by Global Investigations Review (GIR).
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.” The National Law Journal has called him a “Trailblazer” in white collar defense and corporate investigations. Additionally, Chambers 2016 notes that Mr. Burck is described as “masterful, passionate and articulate” in the courtroom and is praised for his “appropriate sensitivity to client needs and objectives.”
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 Department of Justice, the SEC, CFTC, 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.
Last updated October 2018