- Columbia Law School (J.D., 1993)
- University of Vermont (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989, B.A.), Phi Beta Kappa
Over the last twenty years, Brian Burns has litigated a variety of complex commercial cases through trial and appeal. Mr. Burns regularly appears in New York federal court and the New York State Commercial Division. He has also litigated cases in the Delaware Court of Chancery as well as in federal courts in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Nevada. He has successfully defended clients in high-stakes cases, including a $100 million case brought by a purported whistleblower, a $40 million case relating to a proposed real estate financing, and a $500 million case arising out of the insolvency of his client’s reinsurance subsidiary.
Mr. Burns has an active arbitration practice, where he has represented financial services clients in FINRA proceedings in New York, California, and New Hampshire. He successfully represented a client through a 37-day American Arbitration Association hearing where the parties asserted claims totaling $7.65 billion, which at the time was the highest dollar value in an AAA arbitration.
Mr. Burns principally represents financial institutions and hedge funds, including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and affiliates of Angelo Gordon & Co. He has also represented NYU Hospitals Center, NYU School of Medicine, and various affiliates of Telefonica, S.A.
Mr. Burns previously practiced law at Winston & Strawn and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. In 2006, he received the Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service after winning a trial on behalf of a resident alien facing deportation charges. While in law school, Mr. Burns was an Articles Editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and wrote The Time for Full U.S. Participation in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, 24 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 435-54 (1993). He is fluent in Spanish.