Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

Robbins Russell Elects New Partners

January 2, 2017

Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP is pleased to announce that Donald Burke, Daniel N. Lerman, and William J. Trunk have been elected partners.  

Donald is a trial and appellate litigator who has represented companies and individuals in civil and criminal cases throughout the country, as well as in investigations by the Department of Justice and other federal agencies.  He has handled cases across a wide range of subject areas, including creditors’ rights and fraudulent transfer law, federal criminal law, environmental disputes, and the False Claims Act.  Donald joined the firm in 2010, after serving as a law clerk to Judge Raymond M. Kethledge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  From 2011 to 2012, he served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He earned his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia. 

Dan is an appellate and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex litigation, including federal securities cases, constitutional matters, white-collar criminal appeals, and intellectual property matters.  This past year, Dan was part of a team that won the dismissal of a $900 million securities class action.  He has briefed a wide range of cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, including American Trucking Associations, Inc., v. City of Los Angeles, 133 S. Ct. 2096 (2013), a preemption case that he argued and won.  Dan joined the firm in 2010 after serving as a law clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Dan is a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law School, where he was the recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship.  Dan also holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Brown University.

Bill is a trial and appellate litigator whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including federal securities cases, breach-of-fiduciary-duty actions, and telecommunications matters.  This past year, Bill was part of the trial team in ACP Master Ltd. et al. v. Clearwire Corporation, representing the Plaintiffs in one of the longest and most complex appraisal actions ever to be tried in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  Last month, Bill argued before the Fourth Circuit in United States v. Sterling, a high-profile criminal appeal arising from a former CIA agent’s conviction for leaking classified material to the New York Times.  Bill joined Robbins Russell in 2011 after serving as a law clerk for Judge Richard C. Wesley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Bill is a 2008 graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was ranked second in his graduating class.