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Lindsay Burke
Lindsay Buchanan Burke
Of Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5859 lburke@cov.com Download V-card

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordinated 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 after winning dismissal at summary judgment stage.
  • Advised media company concerning reduction of workforce in effort to streamline operations and reduce costs.
  • Assisted in 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.
  • Defended major financial services firm in putative class action race discrimination litigation.

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.
  • 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.