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Preston Burton
Washington, DC

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Preston Burton
Poe & Burton PLLC
Preston Burton has extensive experience in white collar criminal defense and regulatory investigations. He has defended numerous high-profile companies and individuals against allegations ranging from public corruption to espionage.
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Preston Burton is a trial lawyer who has practiced criminal law for more than two decades, both as a defense attorney and as a federal prosecutor. Preston has tried over fifty criminal cases to verdict. He has represented numerous individual and corporate clients in complex and challenging federal white collar criminal cases, related congressional and civil proceedings, other agency enforcement actions, and internal investigations.

Preston has represented several high profile clients, including Monica S. Lewinsky, former CIA intelligence agent Aldrich H. Ames, and former FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen. He has discreetly and successfully represented dozens of business professionals and companies in matters involving alleged public corruption, bribery (including suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), and procurement fraud, and has handled an array of other complex matters involving federal criminal and regulatory provisions, including matters involving classified information. He currently holds a Top Secret/SCI level security clearance.

Prior to founding Poe & Burton PLLC with Greg Poe, Preston headed the litigation practice of the Washington, D.C., office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. He also has been a partner in two other prominent Washington, D.C., law firms: Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, and the Law Offices of Plato Cacheris. Immediately after law school, Preston served as a law clerk for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia where he finished his government service in the Economic Crimes Section.

In addition to his trial and investigation experience, Preston has handled more than 10 appeals before the D.C. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and Fourth Circuit. He has served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law and is a frequent lecturer and commentator on matters related to white collar crime, including regularly moderating ABA panels on the criminal enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Preston is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia; the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Sixth Circuit; and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, District of Maryland, and Western District of Kentucky.

Recent Publications/Appearances


Washingtonian Magaziane "Greg Poe and Preston Burton Named Among Washington's Best Lawyers"


CBS News "New Details on Arenas Gun Incident"


Past Member, United States Sentencing Commission Practitioners Advisory Group

Member, Steering Committee, D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section (1999-2002)

Master Emeritus, William Bryant American Inn of Court

Member, American Bar Association (former Co-Chair, Regional Subcommittee on White Collar Crime)

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Adjunct Faculty Member, George Washington University Law School (1998-2002)

The Barristers (former Secretary and Treasurer)

Assistant U.S. Attorneys' Association (past President)

Board of Directors, Council for Court Excellence


Chambers USA, White Collar Crime and Government Investigations (2010-2012 eds.)

The Legal 500, White Collar Criminal Defense (2007-2011 eds.)

The Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense
(2007-2011 eds.)

Washingtonian magazine: "Best Lawyers" (2004, 2007, 2009, 2011)


"Employer Liability under the EEA," 2008 ABA 22nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, with Walter Brown, Jr. and John Pitts

"Extraterritorial Enforcement of the Economic Espionage Act: TRIPSing over the EEA," 2008 ABA Second Annual National Institute on Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, with John Pitts

"DC Circuit Extends Supreme Court's Interpretation of 'Derivative Use' Under 'Act of Production' Immunity," 20 No. 12 Andrews White-Collar Crime Reporter, September 2006, with Scott D. Michel, Esquire (Commentary)

"Surf's Up on Capitol Hill," Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2006, with Adam Goldberg, Esquire


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