January 29, 2022

Volume XII, Number 29

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Gillian Groarke Burns

Gillian is a special counsel in Cadwalader’s Litigation Group. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial and securities litigation, in addition to regulatory investigations. Gillian’s clients include public and private companies, underwriters, lenders, professional firms, corporate directors and other individuals in a variety of industries, including financial services, energy, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, real estate and telecommunications. In the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 US, clients praise Gillian for her “consistent, strong, thoughtful and timely work product.”

Gillian represents these clients in securities, derivative, energy and commodities litigation, antitrust, ERISA and RICO class actions, SEC and stock exchange investigations and arbitrations, internal investigations, suits claiming breaches of fiduciary duty, insider trading or other misconduct by corporate directors, substantial contract disputes, litigation involving structured financial products and investments, insurance coverage issues, bankruptcy related proceedings, and litigation arising from M&A or other transactions involving contests for corporate control in Delaware Chancery Court and elsewhere. Gillian has experience in energy and commodities matters, representing financial institutions trading energy, oil producers, commodities exchanges in regulatory investigations and class action litigation. She also has significant experience in financial services litigation, including matters concerning derivatives, swaps, commodities, futures, options, structured products and securities. 

Gillian has been recognized for her legal abilities by the New York Metro Edition of SuperLawyers, which has named her a Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She won a 2016 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing as co-author of “Assessing A Judicial Solution To Abusive Merger Litigation,” published in November of 2015 by Law360, and was named a 2018 Client Services All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group, which selects lawyers who “deliver outstanding legal skills” based on hundreds of in-depth, independent interviews with legal corporate counsel at the world’s leading organizations.

Gillian is the chairwoman of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, and also serves as the chairwoman for that group’s Professional Development Committee. She is a member of the Litigation Committee of the New York City Bar Association and various American Bar Association committees focused on business law. Gillian actively participates in pro bono representation, and received a Pro Bono Publico award from the Legal Aid Society in 2009 for her outstanding pro bono service. Gillian is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association. 

She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University and her J.D., cum laude, from Fordham Law School. At Fordham, Gillian was Chairperson of Fordham’s nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Society and a staff member of the International Law Journal.  During law school, she interned for Judge Richard Wesley of the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit. 

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Articles in the National Law Review database by Gillian Groarke Burns

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