Lindsay Burke

Lindsay Buchanan Burke

Of Counsel
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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5859
Fax: +1 202 778 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 vice chair of the firm’s employment practice group and regularly advises U.S., international, and multinational employers on employee management issues and international HR compliance. Her domestic practice includes advice pertaining to discrimination, leave, whistleblower, wage and hour, trade secret, and non-competition issues arising under federal and state laws, while her international practice focuses on drafting global employment policies and coordinating multi-country surveys to ensure that employment contracts and policies comply with employment laws across many jurisdictions.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated favorable settlement with terminated employee of California media company who raised allegations of hostile environment and sexual harassment.
  • Revised key company-wide leave policies for Massachusetts-based digital technology company operations in five states.
  • Drafted settlement agreements on behalf of pharmaceutical company for relators in False Claims Act 3730(h) cases as part of global settlement with Department of Justice.
  • Drafted employment agreements for executives of new US subsidiary of UK-based company.

Honors and Rankings

  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor "Rising Star" (2014-2015)
  • 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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