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Brian Burns


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Brian focuses his practice on securities-enforcement defense, complex civil litigation, and white-collar defense.

He has represented clients in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the New York County District Attorney’s Office, as well as in internal investigations.  He has also represented clients in mergers and acquisitions litigation, FINRA arbitration, bankruptcy litigation, and complex commercial litigation.  Prior to joining Smith Villazor LLP, Brian was an associate at a large international law firm for more than three years.



Government Service

From 2016 to 2017, Brian served as an officer with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where he focused on regulatory and ethics matters.

From 2011 to 2012, Brian clerked for Judge Richard J. Holwell, and, after Judge Holwell retired from judicial service, for Judge William H. Pauley III, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.