Joseph Burby is a former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations and complex civil litigation.
A trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Burby regularly defends companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney's Offices across the country, as well as in regulatory investigations and civil enforcement actions by agencies such as the SEC, HHS-OIG, FDA, EPA and FDIC. He also conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporations, boards of directors and board committees and counsels them on remedial actions and disclosure decisions. Mr. Burby has successfully handled cases involving health care fraud, securities fraud, the False Claims Act, antitrust violations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, RICO violations, tax fraud, environmental violations, money laundering, immigration offenses and mortgage fraud, among other subjects.
Mr. Burby often counsels companies going through critical situations, whether caused by law enforcement actions or other major disruptive events. He has experience working with law enforcement agents and regulators with nearly every agency of the federal government and uses that experience to help companies respond to these difficult situations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Burby served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Burby investigated and prosecuted a wide range of offenses but focused primarily on public corruption and white-collar crimes. He successfully tried numerous cases, including the first criminal securities fraud trial in Georgia and a capital case in which the jury returned a death sentence, and also briefed and argued cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He was involved in several high-profile cases, most notably the successful prosecution of Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph. Mr. Burby received The John Marshall Award, one of the Justice Department's highest honors, for his work on the Rudolph case.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Burby served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Atlanta, where he was a member of the Major Felony Unit and successfully tried numerous homicide and other complex, high-profile cases.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Burby serves as a faculty member for Emory Law School’s Kessler-Edison Trial Techniques Program, where he teaches trial advocacy skills to second year law students.