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PRACTICE EMPHASIS

Christopher M. Burke chairs Scott+Scott’s competition practice and sets the Firm’s litigation standards. His principal practice is in complex antitrust litigation, particularly in the financial services industry. He has served as lead counsel in some of the world’s largest financial services antitrust matters.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Co-lead counsel in In Re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation, No. 13-cv-7789 (S.D.N.Y.) ($2 billion settlement)
  • Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Bank of America Corporation, No. 14-cv-7126 (S.D.N.Y) (ISDAfix litigation) ($325 million settlement)
  • Axiom Investment Advisors, LLC, by and through its Trustee, Gildor Management LLC v. Barclays Bank PLC, No. 15-cv-09323 (S.D.N.Y.) ($50 million settlement)
  • Co-lead counsel in Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, No. 07-cv-12388 (D. Mass.) ($590.5 million settlement)
  • In re Currency Conversion Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1409 (S.D.N.Y.) ($336 million settlement)
  • In re Payment Card Interchange Fee & Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1720 (E.D.N.Y.); LiPuma v. American Express Co., No. 1:04-cv-20314 (S.D. Fla.) ($90 million settlement)
  • One of the trial counsel in Schwartz v. Visa, No. 822505-4 (Alameda Cty. Super. Ct.) ($780 million plaintiff’s judgment after six months of trial)
  • In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1030 (M.D. Fla.). Mr. Burke
  • One of the original lawyers in the Wholesale Elec. Antitrust cases in California, which settled for over $1 billion
  • Trial counsel in Ross v. Bank of America N.A., No. 05-cv-7116, MDL No. 1409 (S.D.N.Y.) and Ross v. American Express Co., No. 04-cv-5723, MDL No. 1409 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Co-lead counsel for indirect purchasers in In re Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1891 (C.D. Cal.) ($86 million settlement), and In re Prudential Ins. Co. of America SGLI/VGLI Contract Litigation, No. 11-md-2208 (D. Mass.) ($40 million settlement)
  • Organized and filed the first of the In re Credit Default Swap Antitrust Litigation, No. 13-md-2476 (S.D.N.Y.)

ADMISSIONS

  • The Supreme Courts of the States of California, New York, and Wisconsin
  • Numerous United States District Courts and Courts of Appeal 

EDUCATION

  • University of Wisconsin (M.A. 1989; J.D. 1993; Ph.D. 1996) 
  • William & Mary (M.A. 1988)
  • The Ohio State University (B.A. 1984)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mr. Burke frequently lectures at professional conferences and CLEs on competition matters, including litigation surrounding financial benchmarks, class-barring arbitration clauses, the effects of Twombly in 12(b)(6) motions, and the increasing use of experts at class certification and trial
  • Recognized for his exemplary work in the Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners matter by the American Antitrust Institute
  • Has regularly been designated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters
  • Has served as Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Has lectured on law-related topics, including constitutional law, law and politics, and civil rights at the State University of New York at Buffalo and at the University of Wisconsin
  • Author of The Appearance of Equality: Racial Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Supreme Court (Greenwood, 1999), which examines conflicts over voting rights and political representation within the competing rhetoric of communitarian and liberal strategies of justification