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Thomas Burnham
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

4140 Miller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Judd Burstein
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

5 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, USA


Mr. Burstein is regarded as a leading appellate lawyer who has handled well over 100 federal and state appeals. Mr. Burstein believes that the ability to communicate with judges and jurors, the trial skill of cross-examination, and the ability to develop overall litigation strategy are skills far more important to victory than a specialty in a particular area of the law. Knowledge of the substantive law underlying a case can be easily secured by the litigator through study and expert assistance. Most litigators who specialize in just one area, such as patents or bankruptcy, simply do not have the breadth of experience or confidence in their litigation talents to make use of that talent and experience in a broad number of areas. In contrast, by the time a case comes to trial, Mr. Burstein, through the course of trial preparation, necessarily secures the very knowledge and experience he may not have possessed at the time of his retention. Mr. Burstein has extensive experience as an appellate advocate. He has taught appellate advocacy at Hofstra University Law School, and has argued more than 60 federal and 40 state appeals.

Michelle Burton
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

1230 COLUMBIA ST, STE 1140, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101

Philip A. Byler
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

363 Seventh Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001


Philip A. Byler, graduated from Harvard Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. Following Harvard Law, Mr. Byler clerked for Judge John W. Peck of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then started private practice as an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore. He has four decades of extensive experience representing individuals and businesses. Mr. Byler is an appellate and trial lawyer and his areas of practice include: First Amendment issues, Title IX, accounting fraud, property, antitrust, international trade, patent, copyright infringement, partnership disputes, securities fraud allegations, Section 1983 civil rights, and real estate-related litigation. Mr. Byler is admitted to the following bar associations: New York, Ohio, U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court – Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio, Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Tax Court. Further, Mr. Byler is also a member of and has briefed and orally argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In addition to being recognized for excellence in the practice of law by Lawyers of Distinction, Mr. Byler has also earned any honors, awards and accolades including being selected to the New York Super Lawyers list, being appointed to serve many roles with the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and more.

Joseph Byrne
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

5468 La Sierra, Dallas, 75231, United States


Joe Byrne is first and foremost a trial lawyer. He has been afforded the privilege of representing clients in trials in numerous different states and in most counties in Texas. Joe frequently handles complicated, high-stakes cases throughout the U.S., often representing individuals and businesses in the energy industry including oil and gas operators and oilfield service providers, pipeline companies, electric companies and virtually every aspect of propane sales, distributions and services. Joe believes that a good attorney is one who persuasively educates and communicates with jurors to reach a favorable verdict. Joe’s litigation practice emphasizes wrongful death and personal injury disputes, in particular disputes related to the oil and gas, construction and transportation industries, including fires and explosions. He has represented individuals and businesses in employment disputes, insurance cases and both personal injury and commercial litigation matters in trials, on appeals, and in arbitration proceedings. He attended Texas Tech University, where he earned both his B.A. and his J.D.