Jason W. Burge

Contact Information

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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 collateralized debt obligations 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 represents securities investors and issuers in claims against brokers, investment advisors, and investment banks in court and in FINRA arbitration. He also represents borrowers in disputes with lenders and swap counterparties in cases alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and fraud. He has worked for liquidating trustees and representatives of insolvent entities in cases alleging director and officer liability, professional malpractice, and fraudulent transfers.

Currently, he serves as interim lead counsel for a putative nationwide class of student loan debtors alleging discharge violations against Navient.

Chambers & Partners describes him as an up and coming litigator who is “financially well-versed and very capable in translating difficult financial concepts into common tongue.”

Jason is a member of the Louisiana State, Federal, American and Public Investor Arbitration Bar Associations. He regularly co-counsels with the Mississippi Innocence Project on federal habeas cases.

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

  • Represents putative nationwide class of investors in securities fraud class action to recover against investment bank alleged to have artificially inflated stock price shortly before a stock offering
  • Represented public utility in action to recover against eight investment banks for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with the issuance of auction rate securities and related interest rate swaps
  • Represented real estate developer in action to recover against its loan broker and putative lender for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the failure to close a HUD loan
  • Represented investors in action to recover against their investment advisors for fraud and mismanagement of investments
  • Tried a business tort case for 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 and governmental entities in claims against their bond underwriters and investment banks in connection with the issuance of auction rate securities and accompanying interest rate swaps in both federal court and FINRA arbitrations
  • Represented the City of New Orleans against their underwriter and remarketing agent for claims arising from the issuance of variable rate demand obligations and accompanying interest rate swaps
  • Represented a real estate developer in a dispute against its swap counterparty alleging breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty

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