Christopher M. Burke
Christopher M. Burke

Christopher M. Buke chairs Scott+Scott's competition practice and sets the Firm's litigation standards.  Mr. Burke's principal practice is in complex antitrust litigation, particularly in the financial services industry and he has served as lead counsel in some of the world's largest financial services antitrust matters. He currently sits as 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.); and Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Bank of America Corporation, 14-cv-7126 (S.D.N.Y) (interest rate swap and swaption litigation).  Mr. Burke serves on the Executive Committee in In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation, No. 13-md-2420-YGR (DMR) (N.D. Cal.).

Mr. Burke served as co-lead counsel in Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, 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.) ($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); and In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1030 (M.D. Fla.).  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 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.).  He was also 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).  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.

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.  In 2014, he was recognized for his exemplary work in the Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners matter by the American Antitrust Institute and has regularly been designated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.

Mr. 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).  He 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: Racial Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Supreme Court (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.