Thomas Burt is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein. Mr. Burt has extensive experience in complex class actions representing clients including institutional investors such as public and labor pension funds, labor health and welfare benefit funds, and private institutional investors who suffered losses due to corporate fraud. He is part of the Firm’s team that has recovered over $7 billion for investors. He also has extensive experience in antitrust law and has been at the forefront of several notable federal class action antitrust actions on behalf of consumers. He is a member of the Business Practice, Consumer Practice and Investor Protection practice groups with an emphasis on securities litigation, derivative litigation, transactional litigation, antitrust/competition law, and unfair and deceptive business practices law.
He joined the firm as an associate in 2000 and became partner in 2006. Prior to joining Wolf Haldenstein, Mr. Burt practiced criminal defense with noted defense lawyer Jack T. Litman.
- Investigates, initiates, and prosecutes securities class actions, derivative and antitrust litigation throughout the United States
- Served as co-lead counsel in numerous securities class and derivative actions throughout the country, representing institutional and individual investors, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars and achieved significant corporate governance reforms against such companies as Goldman Sachs, Iridium, and Computer Associates, Keurig and Full Tilt Poker.
- Represented institutional and individual investors in one of the of the largest federal class action securities fraud cases in history, settling for over $580 million, and resulting in more than 500 pages of published opinions and two appeals to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represented consumers in a federal class action antitrust lawsuit against the companies named in the precedent setting IPO Securities Litigation. This noteworthy case resulted in an opinion by the United States Supreme Court.
- Serves as co-lead counsel in the national antitrust suit filed against canned seafood manufactures including Bumble Bee, Starkist, and Chicken of the Sea.
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Mr. Burt has been an advocate for the trans community nationally and at Wolf Haldenstein. His advocacy ranges from connecting trans community members nationwide with pro bono counsel to formalize their transition with the appropriate documentation following the 2016 election; supporting state trans-focused legislation; and co-authoring Wolf Haldenstein’s trans inclusion policy.
Mr. Burt had served as an officer and board member of the St. Andrew’s Society of New York. The St. Andrew’s Society of New York, the oldest charitable organization in New York, is a Scottish society founded in 1756 that has included such esteemed members as Alexander Hamilton and Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Burt is currently the Secretary of the Society.
Thomas Burt worked for three years as a member of a panel of neutrals overseeing a civil rights settlement concerning day laborers in his local community, the Village of Mamaroneck, New York. Following a settlement before US District Court judge Colleen McMahon, the Village and the representatives of Hispanic day laborer plaintiffs each appointed representatives, under the direction of the Court’s referee, to oversee implementation of terms that included cessation of certain enforcement practices, and creation of a new hiring site supported by a local church. The body was called the Constituents’ Committee on Day Laborer Issues, and it met from 2007 to 2010, when its work was deemed complete