Professional Biography
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David J. Burman Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




David Burman, a partner in the firm's Business Litigation practice, has more than 30 years of experience in litigation, including antitrust, appellate, class action, consumer protection, constitutional, media, patent and intellectual property, privacy, and other cases. He also counsels clients in these and other areas. He has worked on many high-profile cases, including two U.S. Supreme Court arguments, the trial contesting the 2004 Washington State Governor's election, Costco Wholesale Corporation's precedent-setting antitrust and constitutional challenges to state wine and liquor laws, and the Yellow Pages publishers' successful constitutional challenge to municipal restrictions on distribution. He was national counsel in the Pharmaceutical AWP class actions in a federal MDL and more than a dozen state courts. He served as an attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in 2003 - 2006 and 2009, was a speaker at the 2010 Conference and served on the Ninth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee. He was selected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as a member of the American Law Institute, where he was an advisor in drafting the "Principles of Aggregate Litigation."

Dave has been chair of the firm's Business Litigation practice, has served on its management and executive committees, and has acted as client service partner for one of the firm's largest institutional clients.

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Ranked by Chambers USA Eight Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Managing IP as an IP Star, 2016 - 2021
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Seattle "Litigation - First Amendment," 2016; "Antitrust Lawyer of the Year," 2015; "Technology Law Lawyer of the Year," 2014; "Antitrust & First Amendment Lawyer of the Year," 2012; "Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year," 2011, 2019; "Bet-the-Company Litigation," 2009
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Antitrust; Appellate and Intellectual Property
  • Listed in Expert Guides, "World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers," 2013 
  • Listed in Chambers USA, "America’s Leading Litigation Lawyers" (highest ranked Washington commercial litigator), 2014 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 1993 - 2022: Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - First Amendment; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Technology Law
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Top Ten Washington Super Lawyers”
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Washington’s Super Lawyers," 1999 - 2021
  • Listed in Washington CEO, "Top Attorneys"
  • Listed in National Law Journal, "Washington’s Top Ten Litigators”
  • Listed in Lawdragon, "500 Leading Lawyers in America," 2007
  • Recipient of awards from American, Washington, King County and Loren Miller Bar Associations; Legal Foundation of Washington (Goldmark Award); King County Bar Foundation; Leadership Tomorrow; University of Wyoming
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Law Institute, Principles of Aggregate (Class Action) Litigation, Adviser
  • American Law Institute, Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes, Members Consultative Group
  • Dwyer Inn of Court, Founding Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Lawyer Representative to Judicial Conference; Rules Advisory Committee Member
  • Equal Justice Coalition, Advisory Council Member


  • Justice Byron White, U.S. Supreme Court, 1978 - 1979
  • Hon. Spottswood Robinson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1977 - 1978