1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. , Washington, DC 20036-5306 USA
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.
Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2016 ranks Mr. Burns as a leading White Collar attorney in the District of Columbia. Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review (GIR) recognized him as a 2016 leading investigations lawyer, deemed "excellent" for his work across "federal, state, and regulatory investigations". In 2015, Who’s Who Legal also recognized Mr. Burns as a leading lawyer in the area of Business Crime Defense. Mr. Burns has also been selected by Super Lawyers magazine for five consecutive years.
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
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.
Columbia University - 1995 Juris Doctor
Boston College - 1991 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar