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Preston Burton
Thorough, intelligent, and a fierce advocate.” "Extremely experienced and successful trial lawyer." "He's very affable, a great lawyer and he has a nice, direct approach with clients. He's fantastic to have on a joint defense team in terms of collegiality and in terms of his attentiveness with issues. Chambers USA

Biography

Preston Burton is a highly regarded trial lawyer with over three decades of criminal law experience, both as a defense attorney and as a federal prosecutor. A Partner and in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP, and a member of the firm’s partner board, he is an integral part of the firm’s exemplary White Collar practice.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Burton has tried more than 50 criminal cases to verdict, representing individual and corporate clients in complex federal white collar criminal cases, governmental and civil proceedings, and congressional and internal investigations. He has also handled more than 10 appeals before the D.C. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and Fourth Circuit.

His work is punctuated by numerous front-page cases, representing such high-profile clients as Monica Lewinsky, former CIA intelligence agent Aldrich H. Ames, and former FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen. He has represented business executives and companies in areas such as public corruption investigations, criminal antitrust matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and export control violations, False Claims Act (FCA) cases, and procurement fraud. Many of Mr. Burton’s cases have involved cross-border investigations, including extradition requests and multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions. He has also handled congressional investigations, as well as numerous matters involving national security issues, including the representation of several intelligence agency officials and serving most recently as an amicus appointed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Mr. Burton’s recent matters include:

  • Serving as part of a trial team representing a former government contracting firm executive in a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia on public corruption, conspiracy, and fraud charges where all defendants were found not guilty on all charges
     
  • Representation of a foreign business executive in a Department of Justice investigation of false statements and purported export control violations in connection with the acquisition of a U.S. government contractor by foreign investors 
     
  • Representation of current and former CIA personnel in connection with a Special Counsel (Durham) investigation of origins of FBI Russia-Trump campaign investigations
     
  • Representation of numerous entities and individuals in connection with a Special Counsel (Mueller) investigation of Foreign Agents Registration Act, false statements, and money laundering investigations
     
  • Representation of a senior FBI official in a congressional investigation of matters related to site selection for new FBI headquarters
     
  • Representation of individuals in connection with the first impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump and related congressional inquiries
     
  • Representation of a prominent Iranian journalist as a material witness in a Department of Justice investigation
     
  • Representation of a U.S. Senate security official in a Department of Justice prosecution of false statements and investigation of classified information leaks
     
  • Representation of a group of current and former employees of a foreign cyber security company in a pending criminal export control and computer fraud investigation by the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice National Security Division
     
  • Representation of a publicly-traded financial institution in Department of Justice, SEC, and banking regulatory investigations of separate matters involving allegations of public corruption and improper insider loans

Since 2010, Mr. Burton has been ranked as a leading lawyer in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA, which noted, "He is renowned throughout the legal community as someone with great trial skills and a great strategic sense." He has also been recognized for Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense by Legal 500, which noted that he “has a formidable reputation for individual representations and is known for strategic thinking and willingness to try cases.” Benchmark Litigation 2019 named him as a top practitioner in White Collar and Securities Litigation. He joined Buckley from Poe & Burton PLLC, a boutique litigation firm he co-founded in 2011. Prior to that, he led the litigation practice of the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Boyce F. Martin Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Mr. Burton received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, and his A.B. from Duke University.

Thorough, intelligent, and a fierce advocate.” "Extremely experienced and successful trial lawyer." "He's very affable, a great lawyer and he has a nice, direct approach with clients. He's fantastic to have on a joint defense team in terms of collegiality and in terms of his attentiveness with issues. Chambers USA

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Awards and Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers 2022: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Chambers USA 2021: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Legal 500 2021: Recognized in Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers 2021: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Chambers USA 2020: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Legal 500 2020: Recognized in Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers 2020: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Chambers USA 2019: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Benchmark Litigation 2019: White Collar Crime, Securities
  • Legal 500 2019: Recognized in Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers 2019: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Chambers USA 2018: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Legal 500 2018: Recognized in Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers 2018: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Legal 500 2017: Recognized in Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Chambers USA 2017: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Best Lawyers 2017: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Benchmark Litigation 2017: National Litigation Star - White Collar Crime
  • Benchmark Litigation 2017: Local Litigation Star - White Collar Crime, Securities
  • Chambers USA 2016: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • A.B., Duke University (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Virginia

Government Service

    • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia
    • Law Clerk, Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

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