Warren T. Burns

Selecting a lawyer for your case is a very important decision.  You want a lawyer who understands your concerns and will fight to achieve your goals.  You want a lawyer who believes in our system and knows how to succeed in it.  And most importantly you want a lawyer who is going to give you candid and meaningful advice.  I am that lawyer.

I focus my practice on high-stakes, multidistrict antitrust litigation, along with other complex class action and commercial cases.  I have handled numerous cases involving price fixing, monopolization, breach of contract, intellectual property, business torts, consumer protection statutes, and accounting malpractice.

I achieve results. In 2012, I helped lead a trial team that took the first mortgage-backed-securities related case to trial.  In a landmark and game-changing trial, we secured a $106 million judgment on behalf of our client and obtained key pre-trial determinations that had a domino effect in related cases.

I want to know more about your case and to see if there is a way I can help you.  I look forward to talking with you.

Education

Tulane University Law School, summa cum laude
Served as Editor in Chief of Tulane Law Review
Received the John Minor Wisdom Award, Tulane’s highest prize for graduating law students. 
Post-graduation, served for the Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

 

Where a man comes from is important. I believe it can tell you a lot about his character and approach to litigation and trials.

I am from a small town in Mississippi called Kosciusko. My extended family on both sides has lived there for six generations. My upbringing had a profound impact on me. I learned the value of community, the importance of not only joining in the lives of those around you, but making a difference in them as well.

I spent my college years at Ole Miss.  I played four years of rugby for the Ole Miss Rugby Football Club, starting each season as a second-row forward.  I use the skills I learned on the rugby pitch everyday in litigation.  In a fast moving match, you have to be prepared to play offense and defense intelligently.  You have to capitalize quickly on your opponents’ mistakes.  And you have to bring maximum pressure at the right moment to win.  The same is true in litigation.

After college, I moved to the District of Columbia to work in public relations and fundraising. I took a job as a junior fundraising staffer at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in the Americas. Within a year, I was promoted to serve as the Communications Director at the Basilica.

I next moved to the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with developmental disabilities in their efforts to live full and complete lives. There, I served as the Director of Development and Public Relations.

Later, I moved to Asheville, North Carolina to assume the role of Development Director at Riverlink, a regional non-profit organization. At Riverlink, our focus was on restoration of the French Broad River and developing the economy along its banks.

I left Riverlink to attend Tulane Law School. There, I graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, and received the John Minor Wisdom Award, Tulane’s highest prize for graduating law students. I also served as Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review.

After law school, I clerked for the Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

My background continuously helps me relate to witnesses and juries in ways that benefit my clients.

Admissions & Honors

From 2011-2015, I was named a Texas Rising Star in Business Litigation. From 2019-2022, I was named a Texas Super Lawyer.

Every year since 2014, I have been named to the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers.

In 2015, 2016, and 2020 I was included in the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers.

In 2016, I was elected to the American Law Institute.  The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

In 2020, I was named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine and recognized among the Best Lawyers in America 2019-2023 for my work in antitrust and commercial litigation.

In 2021 and 2022, I was named as one of Lawdragon's 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers and Lawdragon's 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers.

I am a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.  Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

I am an active member of the Dallas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In the ABA, I sit on the steering committee for the international litigation committee.

I am also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.  And I am a Fellow in the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.

I sit on the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review, a national board comprised of distinguished alumni.

Engagements

Litigation Trends in the $50 Era, 2015 Energy and Environmental Law Summit (October 2, 2015)

King Cake or Po-Boy? Do Class Actions Offer Meaningful Compensation to Class Members, or do They Simply Rip Off Consumers Twice?, 19th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, American Bar Association (October 22, 2015)

Representative Cases

ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION / CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENTS: Co-lead counsel in In re Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation (2013-present) now pending in the District of New Jersey.  

ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION / LEADERSHIP:  Worked on the executive committee in In re Domestic Airlines Antitrust Litigation (2015-present) now pending in the District of Columbia. The clients have alleged that the nation’s four major airlines conspired to restrict capacity to fuel record-high profits.

ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION / CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENTS:  He previously served as co-lead counsel in In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (2011-2015) in the Eastern District of Michigan. 

COMMERCIAL CASES / CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENTS: Lead trial counsel in three cases against the gas giant Chesapeake for breach of contract and underpayment of royalties relating to the oil and gas lease on the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

COMMERCIAL CASE / CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT: Lead trial counsel in a confidential arbitration representing a telecommunications company in its suit against its former billing aggregator. 

SECURITIES CLASS ACTION / DEFENSE COUNSEL: Counsel in Brady v. Kosmos Energy, Ltd. (N.D. Tex.) (2012-present) He defended a start-up oil and gas company against allegations centering on its initial public offering. 

COMMERCIAL CASE / JUDGMENT EXCEEDING $100 MILLION: Counsel in Assured Guaranty v. Flagstar Bank (S.D.N.Y.) (2011-2012), the first case to go to trial related to the residential mortgage-backed securities market meltdown. 

CLASS ACTION / JUDGMENT EXCEEDING $16 MILLION: Counsel in In re Universal Service Fund Litigation (D. Kan.) (2005-2013). Won a breach of contract case claim for AT&T’s California landline telecommunications customers.

ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION / SETTLEMENTS EXCEEDING $50 MILLION: Counsel in In re Ready-Mixed Concrete Antitrust Litigation (S.D. Ind. 2005-2010). The case was resolved before trial with class members receiving more than 100 percent of their actual damages after deduction of attorneys’ fees.

PATENT CASE / CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT: Counsel in Individual Network v. Apple (E.D. Tex.) (2007-2009) representing an inventor in its patent infringement case against Apple and the case was resolved before trial.

ANTITRUST CASE / CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT: Counsel in Morris & Dickson Co. v. Abbot Labs. (M.D. La.) (2006-2008), representing a regional pharmaceutical wholesaler in its suit against Abbott Laboratories for violation of the Robinson-Patman Act by unfairly favoring my client’s competitors, and the case was resolved before trial