Louis F. Burke

LBurke@lfblaw.com
(212) 682 – 1700

 

Attorney Profile

Louis F. Burke is a New York based litigation and trial lawyer who has developed a national reputation for successfully representing clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts. An expert in alternate dispute resolution, Louis has also served as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings before securities and commodities exchanges and their regulatory counterparts, e.g., the National Futures Association (NFA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Louis has represented several lead plaintiffs in commodity market manipulation Class Action suits and has gained renown for his successful out-of-court resolution of disputes. Over the course of his career, he has served as counsel in commodities, futures, and securities Class Action cases that have resulted in settlements exceeding $300,000,000.

Louis focuses his trial practice on the representation of investors and brokerage firms in disputes involving commodities futures, foreign currency, and structured derivative financial instruments.  Mr. Burke possesses a unique understanding of the commodities industry and in addition to decades of legal knowledge, he also brings to bear significant personal experience in commodities trading.

Prior to founding the Firm, Louis worked for the enforcement division of the Securities Exchange Commission’s New York Regional Office. Louis was a floor trading member of the New York Board of Trade, formerly the New York Cotton Exchange (NYCA) and the New York Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange (CSCE), for 25 years.  He also served as the first in-house General Counsel for the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (Comex), a precious metals futures exchange, where he supervised the enforcement of the Comex Rules and By-Laws and also oversaw the Exchange’s compliance with CFTC regulations.  Louis has served as an Arbitrator for NFA, FINRA, NYCA, CSCE, Finex Europe, and the Intercontinental Commodities Exchange, Inc.

Louis is an author and editor of Alternate Dispute Resolution in the Futures Industry, the preeminent resource regarding the arbitration process in the securities and commodities industries and currently serves as the appointed co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Louis is also a member of the Council for the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution where he is co-chair of the Arbitration Committee.

A Philadelphia native, Louis is a graduate of Boston University (1966) and the New England School of Law (1970), where he served as the Editor for the New England Law Review (1969 – 1970). He has been granted Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Peer Review Rating, which is the organization’s highest possible rating, has been named a Super Lawyer since 2013, and has been voted by his peers for inclusion in New York’s Best Lawyers. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Burke mentors young lawyers and is an active member of numerous local, national and international Bar Associations.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court
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    Affiliations

    American Bar Association, Litigation Section

  • Co-Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee (2014 – Present)
  • Co-Chair, Class Actions and Derivatives Suits Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Co-Chair, Securities Litigation Committee (2000 – 2003)
  • Co-Chair, International Litigation Committee (2004 – 2009)
  • Co-Chair, Futures Litigation Sub-Committee (1995 – 2001, 2004 – 2008)
  • Member of Council (2010 – 2012)
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    American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section

  • Co-Chair, Arbitration Committee (2015 – Present)
  • Member, Advisory Committee (2014 – Present)
  • Member of Council (2015 – Present)
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    American Bar Association, Corporation, Banking, and Business Section

  • Member, Futures and Derivatives Committee (1989 – Present)
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    Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association

  • Member (1998 – Present)
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    Union International des Avocats

  • Deputy Director, Collective Organizations (2008 – 2015)
  • Member, Executive Committee (2004 – 2015)
  • President, Litigation Commission (2004 – 2008)
  • Deputy Director, Development (2004 – 2008)
  • Counsel to the President (2001 – 2004)
  • President, USA National Committee (1999 – 2001)
  • President, Financial Services Commission (1998 – 2000)
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    The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

  • Member, Committee on Futures Regulation (1989 – 1991, 2006 – 2008, 2009 – 2012, 2015 – Present)
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Litigation Oversight (1990 – 1991)
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    Intercontinental Exchange

  • NYCE and CSCE member with floor trading privileges (1984-2008)
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    The Volatility Exchange, Inc.

  • President (2007 – Present)
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    Articles and Publications  

  • Co-Author,The New French Class Action Law: How Does It Compare to the Established U.S. Class Action Law?,”
  • Author and Editor, Alternate Dispute Resolution in the Futures Industry, Juris, July 2013
  • Author, “Civil Litigation Developments: Class Actions Manipulation,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2013
  • Author, “Survey of Class Actions Alleging Violation of the CEA for Manipulation,” ABA Business Law Section (2010)
  • Author, “Ponzi Schemes: Common Tactics, Red Flags, and a Selection of Cases,” UIA 53rd Congress, Seville, Spain (2009)
  • Author, “Regulations Dealing With the Credit and Financial Crisis—Passed and Proposed,” UIA 53rd Congress, Seville, Spain (2009)
  • Co-Author, “Foreign Plaintiffs and Foreign Classes in Securities Class Actions Under US Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23,” UIA Third Winter Seminar, Vail, Colorado (2008)
  • Co-Author, “Vivendi Securities Class Action,” Juriste International (2007)
  • Author, “The Consequences of Backdating Executive Stock Options,” Juriste International (2007)
  • Author, “Arbitrating Disputes in the Futures Industry,” ABA Securities News (1998)
  • Contributing Editor, “International Derivatives Law, A Country by Country Analysis,” Risk Publications (1996)
  • Contributing Editor, “Energy Futures,” McGraw‑Hill (1983)
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