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


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland (Inactive)

Emma K. Burton


Clients trust Emma Burton to proactively identify and successfully pursue opportunities to recover money owed to them through litigation, negotiation, and pursuit of claims. As a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Recovery Practice, Emma has helped Fortune 500 clients recover more than $3 billion in recent years, transforming in-house legal departments from cost centers into profit centers. She has unique experience in class action claims recovery and demonstrated knowledge in maximizing claims in large tort and antitrust settlements. Emma is experienced in the process by which class action settlements are administered and distributed and in effectively resolving disputes over allowable purchases, sufficiency of data, and jurisdictional issues. She has a proven track record of recovering funds that translate directly to her clients’ bottom lines.

Emma graduated from Brown University in 1994 and earned her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997. While in law school, she was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Emma originally joined Crowell in 1997 and returned to the firm in 2012 after an extended leave to focus on her family.

Representative Matters

  • Recovered over $100 million for clients in economic loss class settlements involving passenger and light- and heavy-duty vehicles. 
  • Recovered over $42 million for clients in the Deepwater Horizon economic claims settlement. 
  • Recovered over $27 million for clients in automotive parts antitrust litigation settlements. 
  • Successfully managed a multiyear, complex product claims resolution process to investigate and resolve over 35,000 property loss claims totaling more than $500 million.

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Firm News & Announcements

January 3, 2022 Crowell & Moring Elects 13 New Partners, Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel, and 19 to Counsel
January 2, 2020 Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel and 26 to Counsel Positions