Russell Burke has a wide variety of commercial and tort litigation experience in antitrust, health care, and products liability. He has represented hospitals and nursing homes in several different areas, including antitrust claims, Medicare reimbursement issues, credentialing matters, and medical malpractice claims. He also has significant experience in class actions in the timber and health care industries. He practices in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Russell has tried over twenty-five cases in state and federal court, and has handled numerous appeals to the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and to the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He also has extensive experience in managing electronic discovery, and helps manage Nexsen Pruet’s document review facility.
Mr. Burke is from Arlington, Virginia. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia (with high distinction), as well as the University of Virginia School of Law. He has been with Nexsen Pruet his entire career, working closely with Harold Jacobs for more than fifteen years.
Outside the office he serves on the Vestry for Church of the Apostles (Anglican Mission in America), enjoys summer vacations in Maine with his wife and their seven children, and tries his hand at coaching and playing basketball.
- Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation since 2003
- Tried and argued leading case in Fourth Circuit on admissibility of treating physicians testimony on causation in toxic tort case
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Subcommittee
In re Interntaional Textile Group Merger Litigation. Co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in a class action and derivative case challenging the fairness of a multi-million dollar merger between Safety Components, Inc. and International Textile Group, Inc. The primary defendants are the Wall Street private equity firm, W.L. Ross & Co., and its principal, financier Wilbur Ross (read the amended complaint). The Court granted plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, and denied defendants’ motion to disqualify the plaintiffs as derivative representatives on January 10, 2013 (read the court’s Order). The case will now be scheduled for trial in Spring 2013.
Brown v. Laurens County Health Care System, et al: Defending Laurens Hospital in a suit alleging conspiracy, tortious interference with prospective contractual relations, and unfair trade practices related to physician credentialing. Discovery is ongoing and trial is expected in the spring of 2012.
In re Blood Reagents Antitrust Litigation, representing plaintiffs in class action suit alleging price fixing in blood reagents market. The District Court recently denied defendants' motion to dismiss on Twombly grounds.
AnMed et al. v. Leavitt: Represented 32 South Carolina hospitals in claim against Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for improper recoupment of Medicare payments under the Recovery Audit Contractor (“RAC”) program.
Crane et al. v. International Paper Company, et al.: Successfully obtained class certification in four-state price fixing case against International Paper and Canal Wood, LLC. Case eventually settled for $12. 4 million. Led the litigation team in organizing and evaluating nearly five million pages of electronic documents.
Represented South Carolina hospitals in medical staff disciplinary cases, including jury trials alleging defamation and whistleblower claims against the hospital.
Represents national dialysis provider in medical malpractice claims.
Ridgeview Manor v. Leavitt; Cooke Associates v. Leavitt: Prevented the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from terminating Medicare provider agreements of two separate nursing home facilities in South Carolina.
Hamilton v. OPW et al.: Multimillion dollar settlement for widow against gasoline nozzle manufacturer and retailers
Helped defend major herbicide manufacturer in case involving monopolization and Lanham Act claims.
Handled numerous products liability actions involving airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, heavy equipment, industrial electrical equipment, medical products, and consumer products.
Horne v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., 541 F.Supp.2d 768 (W.D.N.C. 2008) (dismissal of several wrongful death claims based on preemption doctrine)
Delaware Valley Surgical Supply Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson, 523 F.3d 1116 (9th Cir. 2008) (affirming district court decision that hospital was indirect purchaser in monopolization claim)
Ridgeview Manor of Midlands, L.P. v. Leavitt, 2007 WL 1110915 (D.S.C., April 09, 2007) (granting preliminary injunction against CMS)
Ridgeview Manor of Midlands, L.P. v. Leavitt, 2007 WL 1068224, Med & Med GD (CCH) P 302,062 (D.S.C., March 30, 2007) (granting TRO against CMS)
Cooke Associates of Fork, Inc. v. Leavitt, Slip Copy, 2006 WL 4050701, Med & Med GD (CCH) P 301,971 (D.S.C., December 28, 2006) (granting TRO against CMS)
Crane v. International Paper Co., 2005 WL 3627139, 2005-1 Trade Cases P 74,789, (D.S.C., April 19, 2005) (upholding class certification in price fixing case)
Westberry v. Gislaved Gummi, AB, 178 F.3d 257, 51 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 682, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 15,528, (4th Cir. 1999) (admissibility of treating physician causation opinion under Daubert)
Soil Remediation Co. v. Nu-Way Environmental, Inc., 323 S.C. 454, 476 S.E.2d 149, (1996) (interpretation of South Carolina Arbitration Act)
GSM Dealer Services, Inc. v. Chrysler Corp., 32 F.3d 139 (4th Cir. 1994) (reversing automobile dealer contract claim)
Strange v. South Carolina Dept. of Highways and Public Transp., 314 S.C. 427, 445 S.E.2d 439 (1994) (South Carolina tort claims act case)
Hunt v. Happy Valley Ltd. Partnership, 315 S.C. 428, 434 S.E.2d 285 (App.1993) (partnership dispute)
Strange v. South Carolina Dept. of Highways and Public Transp., 307 S.C. 161, 414 S.E.2d 138 (1992) (reversal of jury verdict based on evidentiary issues)
Sunvillas Homeowners Ass'n, Inc. v. Square D Co., 301 S.C. 330, 391 S.E.2d 868, 1990 Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 12,461 (App. 1990) (affirming directed verdict in products liability case)
Wiggins v. Todd, 296 S.C. 432, 373 S.E.2d 704 (App.1988) (service of process issue)
Pearlstine Distributors, Inc. v. Freixenet USA, Inc., 678 F.Supp. 133 (D.S.C. 1988), RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 6973 (summary judgment on RICO and antitrust counterclaims)
Richland Wholesale Liquors v. Glenmore Distilleries Co., 818 F.2d 312 (4th Cir. 1987) (reversal of unfair trade practices claim and wrongful termination claim)
- University of Virginia, B.A., 1981
- University of Virginia, J.D., 1985
Bar & Court Admissions
- South Carolina
- US District Court, District of South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships
- Richland County Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar
- South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
- Defense Research Institute
- American Health Lawyers