David P. Burns

David P. Burns is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Burns served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Burns represents corporations and executives in federal, state, and regulatory investigations involving securities and commodities fraud, accounting fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international and domestic cartel enforcement, health care fraud, government contracting fraud, and the False Claims Act. He has substantial experience in cross-border investigations and enforcement actions for financial institutions, life sciences companies, and other entities.

Mr. Burns was ranked as a 2014 Rising Star for White Collar Crime and Investigations work in Chambers USA. International Who’s Who recognized him as one of the world’s leading Legal Investigations and Business Crimes Defense Lawyers in 2014. Mr. Burns has also been selected by Super Lawyers magazine for three consecutive years.

Government Experience

As a Department of Justice prosecutor, from 2000 to 2005, Mr. Burns tried more than a dozen federal criminal jury trials and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He investigated and prosecuted cases involving a wide range of offenses, including money laundering, bribery, embezzlement, material support of terrorism, large-scale visa and immigration fraud, violations of the Armed Export Control Act, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, RICO, and murder. In 2004, he received the Director's Award for superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Recent Significant Engagements

Represented a large financial institution in investigations of manipulation of interest rate benchmarks, including LIBOR, conducted by the Criminal and Antitrust Divisions of the DOJ, the CFTC, the SEC, the UK Financial Services Authority, and numerous other international criminal, competition, and regulatory authorities.
Defended the former general counsel of a major regional brokerage firm in a three-week securities enforcement trial before the SEC’s chief administrative law judge and obtained dismissal of all claims.
Represented a special committee of the board of directors of a Canadian pharmaceutical company relating to allegations of accounting fraud.
Defended a government contractor in a multi-year False Claims Act investigation conducted by the DOJ and Department of Defense.
Defended a marine company executive in a criminal price fixing case prosecuted by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ.
Represented a large engineering and infrastructure company in an investigation conducted by the Public Integrity Section of the DOJ.
Represented a United States Congressman in a public corruption investigation conducted by a United States Attorney’s Office.
Represented a software company executive in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation.
Represented an investment bank in an investigation conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority involving initial public offering allocations.
Represented the controller of a large public company in an FCPA investigation conducted by the DOJ and the SEC.
Represented the president of a Brazilian tobacco company in an FCPA investigation conducted by the DOJ and the SEC.
Represented a senior officer of an investment bank in an insider trading investigation conducted by the New York Attorney General’s Office and the SEC.
Represented the former chief financial officer of a large commercial bank in an accounting fraud investigation conducted by the DOJ and the SEC.
Defended the president of a Canadian manufacturing company in a criminal antitrust prosecution brought by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ.

Mr. Burns graduated in 1995 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Boston College in 1991.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Antitrust and Competition, 2) Crisis Management, 3) Government Contracts, 4) Securities Enforcement and 5) White Collar Defense and Investigations
Law School Columbia Law School, J.D., 1995
Education Boston College, B.A., 1991
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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