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Preston Burton


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Preston Burton, a Partner in the Washington, DC office of BuckleySandler LLP, is a renowned trial lawyer with more than two decades of criminal law experience, both as a defense attorney and as a federal prosecutor. He 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 internal investigations. He has handled more than 10 appeals before the D.C. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Burton’s work includes 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 and export control violations, False Claims Act cases, and procurement fraud. Many of his 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.

Since 2010, Mr. Burton has been ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and by Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense – White Collar since 2006. Mr. Burton joined BuckleySandler 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 for 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.

He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his AB (magna cum laude) from Duke University.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers 2017: Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense - White-Collar
  • Chambers USA 2016: Band 2, District of Columbia Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2016