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Lindsay Burke co-chairs the firm’s employment practice group and regularly advises U.S., international, and multinational employers on employee management issues and international HR compliance. Her practice includes advice pertaining to harassment, discrimination, leave, whistleblower, wage and hour, trade secret, and reduction-in-force issues arising under federal and state laws, and she frequently partners with white collar colleagues to conduct internal investigations of executive misconduct and workplace culture assessments in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Recently Ms. Burke has provided critical advice and guidance to employers grappling with COVID-19-related employment issues.

  • Advising regional, national, and multinational employers on remote work, reduction-in-force, and return-to-workplace issues related to COVID-19.
  • Led employment aspects of investigation of workplace culture at Uber Technologies, including design of proposed remedial measures.  
  • Co-led assessment of the workplace environment as part of larger independent review conducted on behalf of the board of major media company.
  • Engaged by special committee of a board of directors to conduct independent investigation of CEO of biotechnology company accused of misconduct.
  • Revised key company-wide leave policies for Massachusetts-based digital technology company operating 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 U.S. subsidiary of UK-based company.
  • Assisted in internal investigation of the CEO of a multinational technology company alleged to have engaged in misconduct with a contractor.
  • 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.   
  • 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.  
  • 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 (2018-2020); "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.