As an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Jason Burt brings a wealth of litigation and trial experience in representing clients in a variety of litigation matters involving cutting-edge and complex legal disputes and challenges. He is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.
Mr. Burt is a litigator focused primarily on complex business litigation. He has successfully tried both civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts across the country and in arbitrations and mediations.
Since rejoining Latham in January 2017, after serving for nearly five years as an Assistant US Attorney (AUSA), Mr. Burt has represented clients in various litigations matters involving claims of consumer fraud, deceptive and unfair business practices, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and healthcare fraud. Mr. Burt also regularly advises companies and speaks on issues of fraud within the payments industry.
While serving as an AUSA within the Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. Burt prosecuted exclusively white collar frauds, including securities frauds, tax and bank frauds, and other economic and financial frauds such as mortgage fraud and Ponzi schemes. Mr. Burt worked closely with various governmental and self-regulatory agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Federal Trade Commission (FTC); Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Burt first-chaired more than 21 weeks of federal jury trials and obtained guilty verdicts in every case that went to a jury. Following one successful trial involving a fraudulent investment scheme, Mr. Burt argued for and obtained the largest white collar sentence in the history of the District of Utah. Mr. Burt’s successful prosecutions recouped tens of millions of dollars for victims of financial crimes across the nation, and he was awarded the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division Chief’s Recognition Award for his service. Mr. Burt also served as the Deputy Chief of the White Collar and Economic Crime Section within the United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Utah.
Before joining DOJ, Mr. Burt spent six years as a litigation associate in Latham’s Washington, D.C. office focusing his practice on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts, agencies, and arbitrations. Mr. Burt was also a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice and drafted numerous briefs in proceedings before the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts.
Before joining Latham, Mr. Burt was a clerk for Judge Carlos T. Bea in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Burt graduated first in his class from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and served as the editor-in-chief for the Brigham Young University Law Review.
- Speaker, RiskConnect 2017, “How to Stay on the Right Side of the Law: Civil and Criminal Enforcement Trends in the United States,” Frankfurt, Germany (November 2017)
- Speaker, MasterCard Europe Global Risk Leadership Conference, Albufeira, Portugal (September 27, 2017)
- Speaker, “Why We Do What We Do,” MasterCard Global Risk Leadership Conference: Americas, Scottsdale, Arizona (June 7, 2017)
- Moderator, “Lessons Learned Through Investigation,” Merchant Acquirers’ Committee Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (upcoming March 21, 2017)
- Panelist, “United States v. Jeremy Johnson: A Case Study and Takeaways for Acquiring Side Players in the Payments System,” MasterCard Compliance Seminar, Purchase, New York (November 2, 2016)
- Panelist, “Art and Science: The Ever-More-Difficult World of Processing for Higher Risk Merchants,” Electronic Transaction Association Conference TRANSACT 16, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 19, 2016)
Mr. Burt's experience includes representing:
- Internet Service Provider against claims of consumer fraud and deceptive business practices brought by the New York Attorney General
- Technology company in asserting claims of trade secret misappropriation
- Healthcare provider in response to DOJ fraud investigation
- Numerous payments system companies in disputes involving fraud allegation before the FTC
Mr. Burt’s first-chair trial experience includes:
- United States v. Prowell (mortgage fraud)*
- United States v. Holloway (investment and tax fraud)*
- United States v. Drage (Klein conspiracy tax fraud)*
- United States v. Mower, et al. (Klein conspiracy tax fraud)*
- United States v. Bowers, et al. (criminal contempt involving theft of intellectual property)*
- United States v. Jeremy Johnson, et al. (bank and wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering involving credit card payments industry)*
Other representative experience includes representing:
- Nationwide hospital company in a billion dollar trial that resulted in a complete victory at trial
- Major consumer goods manufacturer in a putative class action proceeding
- Trade groups in state trial proceedings
- Healthcare company in federal district court litigation
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham