James E. Burke IV


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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5749
Fax: 202.778.5749





  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2009
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • The Georgetown Law Journal, Articles Editor
    • Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • Yale University, B.A., 2004
    • cum laude
    • Distinction in History

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Daniel M. Friedman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2009-2010

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • French

Jim Burke is an associate in the Washington, DC, office specializing in litigation, including antitrust and white collar defense, and government affairs.  Before joining the firm, Mr. Burke clerked for Judge Daniel M. Friedman from 2009–2010 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • Represented leading technology company in federal district court litigation involving antitrust and contract issues presented by licensing agreements for technology patents declared essential to international cellular and connectivity standards.
  • In the Matter of Certain Wireless Communication Devices and Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same, Investigation No. 337-TA-775 (U.S. International Trade Commission).  Successfully represented multiple respondents in patent infringement litigation involving wireless communication systems, resulting in complainant withdrawing its complaint.
  • Successfully represented a major international pharmaceutical company in an investigation by the Department of Justice into sales and marketing activities involving off-label promotion and other compliance issues.
  • Successfully represented a leading technology company in connection with an international commercial dispute and related national security compliance matters.
  • Assisted major US company by researching, creating, and conducting comprehensive training on the law of attorney-client privilege in an international and cross-national context.

Pro Bono

  • Six month full-time pro bono assignment at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, providing legal representation and assistance to low-income DC residents on various issues, including family law, landlord-tenant law, domestic law, public benefits hearings, employment law, and consumer law.  Personally conducted a bench trial in a family law case before a judge of the D.C. Superior Court.
  • Represented a criminal defendant charged with homicide and attempted homicide in state court trial.

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