Kathleen Ceglarski Burns is a partner in the Litigation department who concentrates her practice on government investigations and complex commercial disputes. Kathleen regularly guides clients through internal investigations, SEC enforcement actions and inquiries conducted by the Department of Justice and other governmental agencies. She also has broad experience handling all phases of civil litigation, from pre-suit demands through trial and the appellate process. Kathleen is active in the firm’s Women’s Resource Group, and is recognized as a trusted advisor who takes an efficient, business-focused approach to solving clients’ problems.
I advocate for individual and corporate clients facing investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and state regulatory agencies. I guide clients through the process of responding to subpoenas and civil investigative demands (CIDs), providing testimony, preparing Wells notices, negotiating settlements and, if necessary, litigating against the SEC. I routinely advise clients in connection with investigations concerning alleged insider trading, disclosure violations, securities fraud, False Claims Act violations, anti-kickback claims and other corporate governance matters. I focus on protecting my clients’ interests and minimizing the exposure of individuals and companies through all phases of government investigations, and I provide business-focused advice to help clients minimize future risk.
I help clients solve their business problems. Oftentimes, I work with clients to resolve disputes without going to court. When litigation is necessary to achieve a client’s goals, I provide efficient and effective strategic representation. I have successfully represented clients in connection with a wide range of issues, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, Chapter 93A violations, valuation disputes, breach of partnership agreements and ownership and control disputes.
I have a particular focus on issues affecting investors, including private investment partnerships, financial institutions and their officers and directors. For example, I regularly assist tax credit investors in resolving partnership disputes, valuation issues and compliance matters.
While the administration has suggested that regulation will decrease, I continue to see aggressive enforcement tactics from the SEC and Department of Justice, and I expect that financial services companies will continue to face scrutiny from the government and potential plaintiffs.
The Bond Buyer | June 12, 2019
In the following coverage, Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted regarding the favorable district court decision for Nixon Peabody’s client, a Wells Fargo banker cleared of charges related to his role in the bond transaction for 38 Studios. The team on this matter also included partners Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Stephen LaRose and Steven Richard, associate Charles Dell’Anno and paralegal Kanda Faye.
The Providence Journal | June 12, 2019
In the following coverage, Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted regarding the favorable District Court decision for NP’s client, a Wells Fargo banker cleared of charges related to his role in the bond transaction for 38 Studios. The NP team on this matter also included partners Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Stephen LaRose and Steven Richard, associate Charles Dell’Anno and paralegal Kanda Faye.
Law360 | May 31, 2019
In this Q&A, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns discusses her legal career and path to partnership.
Best of Both Worlds Podcast | November 26, 2018
Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Burns was a guest on the Best of Both Worlds podcast, discussing her experience as a working attorney with four children and highlighting Nixon Peabody’s many family-friendly policies.
Law360 | April 27, 2017
This article mentions recent leadership promotions at the firm including David Brown, Jared Lusk, Jim Vallee, Graham Beck, Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Emily Crandall Harlan, Daniel Gibbons, Linda Huber, Ilana Kameros, Haydon Keitner, Darren Miller, Neal Pandozzi, Edward Puerta, Stephen Reil, and Elizabeth Young.
The Bond Buyer | October 02, 2016
Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted throughout this piece that follows the ongoing developments in the fight between Peter Cannava and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Boston commercial litigation partner Steve LaRose and associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns are also part of the legal team representing Cannava.
Northeastern University, J.D.
Boston College, cum laude
Kathleen is a member of the Women’s Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association.