Christopher M. Burke is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.A. 1984), William & Mary (M.A. 1988) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A. 1989; J.D. 1993; Ph.D. 1996). Mr. Burke's principal practice is in complex antitrust litigation, particularly in the financial services industry. He heads Scott+Scott's competition practices and is a partner in the firm's San Diego office.
Mr. Burke served as co-lead counsel in 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.) ($7.25 billion settlement) (prior to joining Scott+Scott), and was one of the trial counsel in Schwartz v. Visa, Case No. 822505-4 (Alameda Cty. Super. Ct.) ($800 million plaintiff verdict). Mr. Burke was one of the original lawyers in the Wholesale Elec. Antitrust cases in California which settled for over $1 billion.
Currently, Mr. Burke is one of the lead counsel in In Re: Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation, 13-cv-7789 (S.D.N.Y.); Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, 07-cv-12388 (D. Mass.); In re Wellpoint "UCR" Litigation, No. 09-ml-2074 (C.D. Cal.); and In re Prudential Ins. Co. of America SGLI/VGLI Contract Litigation, No. 11-md-2208 (D. Mass.). Further, he was class 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), and was one of the principal attorneys trying those matters, and was co-lead for indirect purchasers in In re Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 07-01891 (C.D. Cal.). Mr. Burke also organized and filed the first of the In re Credit Default Swap Antitrust Litigation, 13-md-2476 (S.D.N.Y.), matters and continues to advise class counsel. Mr. Burke serves on the Executive Committee in In re: Aetna, Inc. Out of Network "UCR" Rates Litigation, MDL No. 2020 (D.N.J.).
Mr. Burke has also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and 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. Mr. Burke lectures periodically on class actions, financial services litigation, and emerging trends in antitrust and consumer law. Mr. Burke's book, The Appearance of Equality: The Supreme Court and Racial Gerrymandering (Greenwood, 1999), examines conflicts over voting rights and political representation within the competing rhetoric of communitarian and liberal strategies of justification.
Mr. Burke is admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of California, the Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin, and numerous additional United States District Courts and Courts of Appeal.