Portrait of


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
  • Brown University, A.B. sociology


  • District of Columbia
Emma K. Burton, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2974
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Emma K. Burton is a counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in the Product Liability & Torts and Advertising & Product Risk Management groups. Emma's practice involves product, toxic tort, and environmental matters, with a focus on complex health and life science cases. Emma is experienced in litigating matters involving particular scientific knowledge, such as developmental toxicology, epidemiology, pharmacokinetics, and genetics. Emma also has unique experience in the use of, and challenges to, expert testimony in the fields of science and medicine.

Emma’s practice also involves the development, implementation, and management of sophisticated settlement solutions as alternatives to litigation. She is experienced in all aspects of evaluating, designing, and administering multifaceted claims processes to resolve product, tort, and environmental issues.

Representative Matters:
  • Managed a multi-year, complex product claims management process to investigate and resolve tens of thousands of claims alleging property damage from a commercial herbicide.
  • Counsel for a Fortune 100 company in a series of high-profile product cases alleging birth defects from exposure to a major fungicide, including significant toxicology, epidemiology, teratology, genetics, and exposure issues, international discovery and application of foreign law.
  • Defended a major East Coast railroad in complex toxic tort litigation and commercial contract disputes.
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 manufacturer of construction equipment, engines, and turbines as national coordinating counsel in a series of toxic tort matters filed in various state and federal courts.
  • Represented a major railroad in a multi-million dollar commercial contract dispute regarding fiber-optic telecommunications facilities.

Emma originally joined Crowell & Moring in 1997 and returned to the firm in 2012 after an extended leave to focus on her family. She received her A.B. in sociology from Brown University in 1994. She graduated cum laude earning her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997, where she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland (inactive)

Speeches & Presentations

  • “DHS Strategic Sourcing Initiative,” Industry Outreach Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 10, 2015). Speaker: Robert A. Burton.


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