Christopher M. Buke 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 has headed Scott+Scott's competition practice since 2008, and is a partner in the firm's San Diego and New York offices.
Currently, Mr. Burke is 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.) ($590.5 million settlement pending); 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.) ($40 million settlement pending). Mr. Burke serves on the Executive Committee in In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litig., No. 13-md-2420-YGR (DMR) (N.D. Cal.), and In re: Aetna, Inc. Out of Network "UCR" Rates Litigation, MDL No. 2020 (D.N.J.).
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); LiPuma v. American Express Co., Case No. 1:04-cv-20314 (S.D. Fla.) ($90 million settlement); 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.
Further, Mr. Burke 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 counsel for indirect purchasers in In re Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 07-01891 (C.D. Cal.) ($86 million settlement). 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 frequently lectures at professional conferences and CLEs on competition matters such as class barring arbitration clauses, the effects of Twombly in 12(b)(6) motions, and litigation surrounding financial benchmarks.
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'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 Courts of the States of California, New York, and Wisconsin, and numerous United States District Courts and Courts of Appeal.