Jason W. Burge

Jason Burge of Fishman Haygood LLP

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f: (504) 586-5250

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Jason Burge has been dubbed a “human supercomputer” by clients for his ability to quickly digest mountains of information and remember the smallest details of a case. With a background in economics, Jason’s practice centers on litigation involving complicated financial transactions, from municipal bonds to derivatives to other investment or debt vehicles. His forte is understanding the intricacies of the transactions and simplifying them to present them effectively to judges, arbitrators, and jurors.

Jason Burge is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, and regularly practices in the areas of Securities Arbitration and Litigation, Lender Liability, and Commercial Litigation.

In the field of securities, Jason regularly represents investors (both individuals and institutions) in claims against their brokers, investment advisors, and/or investment banks in court or in arbitration proceedings administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) or the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). In the field of lender liability, Jason regularly represents borrowers in disputes with their lenders or swap counterparties alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and/or fraud.  In the field of commercial litigation, he regularly represents clients in a wide variety of litigation or arbitration matters.

Chambers has described him as a “very strong writer with a very good sense of the whole case. A top-notch emerging lawyer.”  Super Lawyers named him a Rising Star from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Burge is a member of the Louisiana State, Federal, American and Public Investor Arbitration Bar Associations. He has presented at the National Business Law Scholars Conference. He also represents convicted prisoners on a pro bono basis.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, 2006
    • Note Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.M. in Music Composition, summa cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans, 2003
  • B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from The Ohio State University, 2000

Clerkship

  • Clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit, 2006-2007

Publications / Presentations

  • Jason Burge and Lara K. Richards, Crafting an Argument that Statues of Limitations Do Not Apply in Arbitration, 20 No. 1 PIABA B. J. 31 (2015)
  • Jason W. Burge & Lara K. Richards, A Compelling Case for Streamlining Venue of Actions to Enjoin Arbitration, 88 Tul. L. Rev. 773, 775 (2014)
  • Lara K. Richards & Jason W. Burge, Analyzing the Application of Statutes of Limitations in Arbitration, 49 Gonz. L. Rev. 214 (2014).
  • Jason W. Burge & Lara K. Richards, Defining “Customer”: A Survey of Who Can Demand Finra Arbitration, 74 La. L. Rev. 173 (2013)
  • “Rethinking Fees and Taxes In Light of the New York City Health Care Security Act,”NYU Ann. Surv. Am. Law., Vol. 61:4

Representative Matters

  • Tried a lender liability case in Broward County, Florida on behalf of a real estate development company against a hedge fund lender and its general partner that resulted in a $7.3 million judgment.
  • Tried a securities arbitration for two individual investors that resulted in a $1.6 million award, including attorney’s fees.
  • Tried a business tort case for Rouse’s Enterprises, Louisiana’s largest grocer, against its major supplier cooperative that settled after the third day of jury trial for a confidential amount.
  • Represented multiple institutions (including Allina Health System, Baylor College of Medicine, Carilion Clinic, City of Houston, Texas, Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, and Lake Hospital System, Inc.) in claims against their bond underwriters and investment banks in connection with the issuance of auction rate securities in both federal court and FINRA arbitrations.
  • Litigated in federal court on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, against their underwriter and remarketing agent, UBS Securities, Inc., for claims arising from the issuance of variable rate demand obligations. The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Represented a real estate developer in a dispute against Wells Fargo, N.A., arising from a $40 million swap agreement and financing to develop a hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Obtained the first federal appellate decision affirming a denial of class certification under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act on behalf of a regional grocery store in defense against a class action suit under the Act.
  • Currently represents William Beaumont Hospital in claims arising from its issuance of auction rate securities, a case proceeding in the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Currently representing a Texas-based hospital system in a FINRA arbitration of claims arising from the issuance of variable rate demand obligations and related interest rate swaps.
  • Currently representing a real estate developer against Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, LLC, a subsidiary of BB&T Bank, asserting claims arising from a $32 million HUD-insured financing to construct an apartment complex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

PRACTICE FOCUS

RECOGNITION

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit