Heather Burke | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
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 Heather Abrams

Heather Burke

Associate, Silicon Valley

T +1 650 213 0353

E hburke@whitecase.com

Overview

Ms. Burke is a member of White & Case's Global Competition and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She concentrates on complex commercial litigation and counseling in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, class actions and trade regulation and has extensive trial experience in federal court.

As part of her pro bono efforts, Ms. Burke participated in the Firm's externship program with inMotion, Inc., where she represented and counseled low-income women who were victims of domestic violence in matrimonial and family law matters. During the three month externship, Ms. Burke served as lead counsel on numerous cases and appeared in various courts multiple times a week. In addition, Ms. Burke has also represented Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund, in a breach of contract and default judgment case before the New York Supreme Court, and advised the World Society for the Protection of Animals regarding animal welfare laws in the United States.

Bars and Courts

  • California State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Education

  • JD, Fordham University School of Law
  • BA, Boston College

Languages

  • English

Experience

Successfully defended Toshiba in civil cases involving allegations of price-fixing of LCD panels. After a six-week trial during the summer of 2013 where the Plaintiff alleged damages of over $2 billion, the jury unanimously found no liability against Toshiba. In an earlier six-week trial during the summer of 2012, the jury found no recoverable damages against Toshiba after the Plaintiffs alleged class-wide damages of nearly $3 billion. The case was named the 2012 "Litigation of the Year" by Global Competition Review, and was recognized by the Financial Times in its US Innovative Lawyers 2012 special report.

Secured a jury verdict in favor of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in Fair Isaac Corporation v. Equifax, et. al., an action brought by FICO, the dominant provider of consumer credit risk scoring services, against the three major U.S. credit bureaus alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition in the sale of credit scoring services. The jury also found in favor of Experian on its counterclaim that FICO committed fraud on the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office in procuring registration of the trademark in suit.

Represented Experian Information Solutions, Inc. and obtained dismissal of all federal and state antitrust and false advertising claims on summary judgment in an action brought by FICO against the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies and their joint venture, VantageScore.

Successfully defended leading pharmaceutical company in preliminary injunction proceedings challenging FDA approval of a complex drug.

Advised the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) regarding online music royalty rates for determining reasonable license fees to be paid by AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! for the right to perform millions of musical works created and owned by ASCAP's songwriter, composer and music publisher members.