Timothy P. Burke is the head of the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice. Tim handles a wide variety of securities regulatory and litigation matters. He represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, registered representatives, senior management, compliance officials, and others in connection with private and public investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the SEC, FINRA, and other self-regulatory organizations as well as numerous state regulators. Tim’s experience also includes civil litigation matters and arbitration proceedings relating to securities issues. He has handled matters across the country and cases involving transactions in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Timothy Burke, partner and co-head of the securities enforcement and litigation practice at Morgan Lewis, talks about the current issues in the area of cybersecurity and the importance for companies and institutions to take preventative measures against potential attacks.
Tim was recently national coordinating defense counsel for a major Wall Street firm for all regulatory and litigation matters involving the auction rate securities market. Previously, Tim was national coordinating defense counsel for all arbitration claims against a major broker-dealer involving research analysts following the technology market crash. He successfully represents companies and individuals in connection with insider trading investigations, revenue-sharing, complex securities fraud issues, sales practice matters, licensing and registration issues, regulatory examinations, and disciplinary and administrative hearings and trials.
Tim frequently lectures on issues relevant to the securities industry and participates in panel discussions, and conducts continuing education training programs for broker-dealer clients. Tim has authored and co-authored articles on various securities topics, including securities arbitration proceedings, insider trading, defamation in the securities industry, and state securities regulation issues, and he is a past coordinating editor of the Annual ABA Broker-Dealer Litigation Survey. Tim is consistently recognized for his work in regulatory enforcement by Chambers USA, where clients describe him as “extraordinarily effective” and note his “enormous credibility with the regulators.”
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Tim was a partner at another international law firm, where he was a member of its executive board, co-chair of the firm’s financial institutions regulatory, enforcement, and litigation group, and practice group leader of the firm’s broker-dealer regulatory practice.
Boston College, 1988, Artis Baccalaureate
Fordham University School of Law, 1991, Juris Doctor
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Supreme Court of the United States
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Boston, The Best Lawyers in America (2023)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, The Legal 500 US (2018–2022)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Securities litigation – defense, The Legal 500 US (2019–2022)
Recommended, Securities Shareholder Litigation, The Legal 500 US (2014)
Ranked, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, Chambers USA (2010–2017)
Recognized, Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005, 2007–2019)
Recognized, New England Super Lawyers (2010–2019)
Top Attorney in Corporate Litigation (Securities Litigation), Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2009)
Recognized, Irish Legal 100
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Securities Regulation, US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Past chair, American Bar Association Committee on Broker-Dealer Litigation (2002–2008)
Member, Boston Bar Association
Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Trustee, Board of Directors of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society (2014–present)
Subcommittee on Self-Regulatory Organizations of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section (1997–2002)