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Chambers USA Names William Burck “DC White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Lawyer of the Year”


Quinn Emanuel partner William Burck was recently named the D.C. White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers USA 2019 Awards – DC Awards, which was held during the Chambers Forum in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2019. The selection process for the winner is based on Chambers’ research from the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “and reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas.” Notable achievements that occurred during the past 12 months are also highlighted; “ including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.”

Mr. Burck is Co-Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel’s Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the Investigations, Government Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. He is recognized by The New York Times as “one of the country’s top lawyers.” Mr. Burck is annually ranked among the top band of white collar lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Chambers & Partners. 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 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.