Risk Update

“Not Quite Yet” Conflicts Accusations (Steve Bannon Edition) — When Law Firm Conflicts are Just “Hinted At”

Bannon Hires Quinn Emanuel’s Bill Burck, as Prosecutors Hint at Conflicts Issues” —

  • “Steve Bannon, the former top strategist to President Donald Trump, has turned to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan litigator William Burck in defending criminal charges that he stole from supporters of the president’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, reprising a role the litigator played during the height of Robert Mueller III’s probe in 2018.”
  • “Burck, a former federal prosecutor and veteran of the George W. Bush White House, has made a name as one of the most skilled white-collar lawyers in Washington, following an earlier stint in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, which included his work on the high-profile prosecution of homemaker Martha Stewart on insider-trading charges.”
  • “In private practice, Burck has taken on state attorneys general, district attorneys and the U.S. Congress on behalf of his clients. But it was his work simultaneously representing Bannon and other former members of Trump’s inner circle amid the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that grabbed attention outside of the Beltway.”
  • “Now, Burck’s previous work could raise potential conflicts of interest in Bannon’s criminal case, prosecutors hinted last week.”
  • “When briefly pressed by a federal magistrate judge, a government attorney said prosecutors had ‘discovered’ the possible conflict involving Quinn Emanuel’s representation of Bannon and were continuing to discuss it with defense counsel.”
  • “The issue, he said, could be the result of any number of factors, including past work that Burck or his firm may have performed for a bank, a corporation or possibly one of the other named co-defendants in the case.”