Douglas T. Burns, Esq.

Attorney in New York, NY
Doug Burns began his legal career with the New York City law firm Shea and Gould. He left the firm to join the United States Department of Justice, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division from 1987 to 1996. When he left the DOJ, he was Deputy Chief of the Long Island (Criminal) Division. Mr. Burns has practiced law in the private sector since leaving the government, and currently practices in New York City (Manhattan). His areas of practice include white collar defense, SEC enforcement (insider trading and securities fraud), federal criminal taxation, regulatory and administrative law, and federal and state trials and appeals. Mr. Burns has tried in excess of forty cases to verdict in the federal courts, numerous criminal cases in the state courts and has briefed and argued more than twenty five appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, both as a lawyer for the government and as defense counsel. Mr. Burns has also appeared more than 650 times on television as a legal commentator, primarily on the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Channel and Bloomberg Television and also on CNN, HLN and Court TV. He has also done a good deal of radio, including Fox News radio and WOR. He has also taught in various trial advocacy programs at New York area law schools. He is affiliated with the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, where he served as president of the organization during the 2008-2009 year and has also been affiliated with the Nassau County Bar Association. Mr. Burns is represented for television and radio by Lois Katz Public Relations --
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Areas of Law

  • White Collar Defense
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Investigations and Litigation
  • Regulatory and Administrative Law
  • Trials and Appeals
  • Federal Practice
  • Criminal Taxation
  • Tax Evasion
  • Insider Trading
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities Fraud


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1985, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1988, U.S. Supreme Court

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  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Law School Attended

    Cornell Law School
    Class of 1983

    University Attended

    Union College
    Class of 1979
    cum laude

    Birth Information

    Born in 1958
    Freeport, New York, March 28, 1958

    Associations & Memberships

    Nassau County Bar Association (through 2010); Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, Nassau County (President, 2008-2009).

    Representative Cases

    United States v. Parris, 573 F.Supp. 2d 744 (E.D.N.Y. 2008; United States v. Jae Shim and Hyang Ran Kim, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 21536 (2d Cir. N.Y. Oct. 1, 2009).

    Hobbies & Interests

    Reading, book collecting, piano

    Contact Information


    (212) 685-2500


    (646) 349-5640


    (516) 384-4935


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    Office Information
    Douglas T. Burns, Esq.
     110 E 59th St., 22nd Floor,
    New York, NY 10022


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