Kathleen Ceglarski Burns is a partner in the Litigation department who concentrates her practice on complex commercial disputes and government investigations. Kathleen has broad experience handling all phases of civil litigation, from pre-suit demands through trial and the appellate process. She also regularly guides clients through internal investigations, SEC enforcement actions and inquiries conducted by the Department of Justice and other governmental agencies. 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. She serves as co-managing partner of the Boston office.
What do you focus on?
Complex Commercial Disputes
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.
SEC Enforcement, Government Investigations
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.