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Emily Burgess



Emily Burgess counsels clients in white collar and complex commercial disputes. She has experience representing individuals in regulatory investigations conducted by the Securities Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and state law enforcement agencies, and has been a member of litigation teams that tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. Emily’s clients are in a variety of industries, including finance and health care.

Commercial Litigation Experience

  • Successfully negotiated the resolution of a contract dispute involving the former chief executive officer and president of a publicly traded energy company.
  • Successfully negotiated the resolution of a commercial contract dispute involving an internet marketing company.
  • Successfully negotiated the resolution of an employment dispute involving an employee of a financial trading and risk management platform.

White Collar Defense Experience

  • Represented an accounting executive in the resolution of a civil securities fraud action, including dismissal of certain allegations.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a former chief operating officer stemming from the $64 million acquisition of an avionics company.
  • Assisted in negotiating the resolution of a criminal securities fraud against a high-level executive of an investment company.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Emily enjoys reading and writing fiction and poetry, singing, and painting abstract art. She also enjoys attending plays and musicals.


Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
New York State Courts


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hon. George B. Daniels, 2018-2019


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Cardozo Law Review (editorial board) (2014)

Indiana University
B.S. in Neuroscience, magna cum laude (2011)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Investment Advisers: Beware the Broad Confidentiality Clause
    Co-author, New York Law Journal (Dec. 5, 2016)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • In a variety of cases, assisted in the representation of individuals who were appointed counsel pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, including negotiating the resolution of charges against a leader of a large narcotics conspiracy.
  • Represented individuals in New York City public housing in an action brought against the New York City Housing Authority to remedy substandard living conditions.

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Council — 2014-19


  • Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship — Fellow, 2012
  • Alexander Fellows Program — Law Clerk to Hon. Alison J. Nathan at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2013
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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