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. 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” two years in a row for 2015 and 2016 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.” 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 Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (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. He advises clients on a host of white collar matters, including: financial crimes; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); Congressional investigations; political issues; antitrust and market manipulation matters; the securities laws; whistleblower cases; the False Claims Act; government contracting; Dodd-Frank regulatory issues; transnational tax investigations; export controls; and national security and defense. 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. In his role as a senior official at the White House, Mr. Burck provided legal advice to the President and senior White House officials on a wide range of issues, including congressional and other government investigations, national security and foreign affairs, the financial crisis of 2008 and complex constitutional questions. During his time as a senior official in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, 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.