Lindsay Buchanan Burke

Of Counsel
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Covington & Burling LLP
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2401
Tel: 202.662.5859
Fax: 202.778.5859





  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
    • Order of the Coif
    • Virginia Law Review, Executive Editor
    • James C. Slaughter Honor Award
  • Yale University, M.A.
  • Kenyon College, B.A., 1997
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • magna cum laude

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2006-2007

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Lindsay Burke is of counsel in the firm’s employment, international employment, and employee benefits and executive compensation practice groups.

Ms. Burke advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, including discrimination, leave, whistleblower, and wage and hour issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the False Claims Act.  She also advises on matters relating to state workplace law such as restrictive covenants, employment agreements, common law business torts, and protection of trade secrets.  Ms. Burke’s practice includes advice pertaining to employment issues that arise in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Burke drafts and reviews employee handbooks and policies, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, severance agreements, and settlement agreements, and frequently responds to demand letters and agency charges on behalf of employers.

Representative Matters

  • Achieved favorable settlement on behalf of telecommunications client filing claim against former employee accused of breaching post-employment restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations as well as misappropriating trade secrets.
  • Oversaw the coordination of Latin American local counsel in review of employment agreements for use by multinational staffing firm in 32 countries worldwide.
  • Successfully argued a whistleblower retaliation case arising under the False Claims Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of a pharmaceutical company.
  • Advised media company concerning reduction of workforce in effort to streamline operations and reduce costs.
  • Won summary judgment for pharmaceutical company in retaliation case under the False Claims Act brought by former employee, a pharmaceutical sales representative.
  • Assisted in the internal investigation of the CEO of a multinational technology company alleged to have engaged in misconduct with a contractor.
  • Won summary judgment in a sexual harassment case brought against a public university by a former professor.

Honors and Rankings

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor "Rising Star" (2014)
  • Part of a team recognized by the Washington Lawyer’s Committee Outstanding Achievement Award for pro bono work with the Committee's Equal Employment Opportunity Project.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully defended not-for-profit mental health agency, a provider of community homes for homeless and mentally ill DC residents, in overtime action under the Fair Labor Standards Act brought by former employee.
  • Represented nonprofit animal shelter in complaint filed with the Department of Labor alleging violations of USERRA.
  • Represented several employees of a moving company in settling race discrimination and overtime wage claims.
  • Frequently advise nonprofit organizations on employment policies and handbooks.

Publications and Speeches

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