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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.
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
American Bar Association, Corporation, Banking, and Business Section
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
Union International des Avocats
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
The Volatility Exchange, Inc.
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