Kevin J. Burke

Kevin J. Burke

Kevin J. Burke

Senior Counsel

212.701.3843 Phone vCard
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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
80 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005-1702



  • SUNY College at Oneonta, B.S., 1977, with high honors
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1980, with distinction
  • Admission

    • New York

Kevin J. Burke is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's bankruptcy & restructuring and litigation practice groups.

Kevin has successfully litigated high-visibility matters for leading companies (and their officers and directors) in federal and state trial and appellate courts (and other tribunals) throughout the country. He has practiced in numerous fields including insurance, investment banking, manufacturing, public utilities, shipping, oil and gas exploration and production, and media and entertainment. His litigation practice is extremely varied, with a diverse mix of successes in cases concerning bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, antitrust and trade regulation, securities and derivatives, product liability (including asbestos), professional liability, contracts and intellectual property. His varied practice has led to the development of substantial expertise in the fast-evolving electronic discovery arena and Kevin coordinates Cahill's e-discovery efforts.

Kevin has represented corporations in connection with complex multi-district litigation in the securities and antitrust fields and has advised corporate boards of directors concerning their fiduciary duties in insolvency, zone of insolvency and M & A contexts. He has conducted internal corporate misconduct investigations involving high-level officers' self-dealing and financial fraud. He has served pro bono as a special counsel for the disciplinary committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kevin represents debtors, creditors and committees in bankruptcy litigation matters and proceedings around the country. Debtor representations include SP Newsprint Holdings LLC, Trico Marine Services and Orleans Homebuilders, Inc. Major committee engagements include the Official Committees of Retirees in the Pan Am and Federated Department Stores bankruptcies and the unofficial Committee of Noteholders in the prearranged UPC Polska bankruptcy. Creditor engagements have included representations in the Delphi Corporation, Adelphia Communications Corp., Columbia Gas Co., El Paso Electric Co. and Cenargo Corporation bankruptcies. Kevin also represented a leading energy company that was a significant creditor in the Enron bankruptcy.

Kevin has also had extensive experience in the area of equipment leasing disputes, representing lessors primarily in connection with liquidated damages and return condition litigation and pre-litigation negotiation. Most of those matters have involved aircraft leasing but Kevin has also litigated on behalf of lessors in connection with leased equipment as varied as coal mining conveyors, railroad cars and cargo ships.

Kevin also advises investment and commercial banks in bankruptcy and creditors' rights areas in connection with transactions, and also with review and assessment of exposures faced by companies seeking financing or issuing public securities.

Kevin is a member of The Bankruptcy Committee of the NY State Bar Association.

  • Successfully defended a major bank in connection with attempts by the trustee of the Bayou Funds bankruptcy estate to recoup transfers made to the bank during the Bayou Ponzi scheme.
  • Defended a major pharmaceuticals company in a suit arising from allegations of violating U.S. antitrust laws so as to bar generic drug manufacturers from market entry.
  • Successfully defended Public Service Company of New Hampshire in fraud and breach of contract trial arising out of the construction of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station. More than $2 billion in claims were disallowed in their entirety in the PSNH bankruptcy.
  • Obtained summary judgment in excess of $9 million for an aircraft lessor against an international airline just five months after the initial notice of default.
  • Represented Sony Music in price fixing suits brought in state and federal courts against Sony Music (and other music companies) by retailers, consumers and various governmental entities.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a biotechnology company in a suit arising from infringement of its patents.
  • Represented a corporation in connection with the investigation, and ultimate prosecution, of a subsidiary's chief financial officer involving false financial statements and theft; liaised with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office.
  • Defended a leading industrial manufacturer in product liability class actions arising from property damage claims concerning asbestos-containing fireproofing in buildings.
  • Successfully defended metals manufacturer in several personal injury actions arising from exposure to cadmium fumes used in welding materials.