Jacquelyn Burke

Special Counsel
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About Jacquelyn

In her practice, Jacquelyn helps clients maximize the value of their insurance assets. She advises on insurance and risk management issues, helping clients navigate complex claims and coverage issues including in the directors and officers, errors and omissions, cyber and media liability, representations and warranties, and general liability spaces. She works as a trusted adviser to companies and their boards, from coverage placement through to payment, often achieving results without the need for litigation.

Jacquelyn advises institutional clients on the scope of their insurance programs at all stages of company development: She guides them through availability and placement of coverage, through major events such as mergers & acquisitions and bankruptcy, and through the claims process. She also regularly works on securing coverage for complex securities claims, post-merger disputes, and investigations or suits from regulators.

For companies facing unique risks, Jacquelyn helps design bespoke coverage options. She has designed risk management programs and customized insurance policies in an eclectic range of areas, including, among many others, international sporting events, cryptocurrency, green energy and education regulatory.

Jacquelyn served as a law clerk for Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer. She also maintains an active pro bono practice in the area of immigration, including the representation of asylum-seekers and those seeking U nonimmigrant status visas and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. 

Jacquelyn’s representative matters and areas of practice

  • Representing an international hedge fund in the recovery of more than $100 million in insurance proceeds related to multiple Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and related securities litigation
  • Represented a third-party administrator (TPA) in connection with insurance coverage for a major dispute with its customer insurance carrier, securing full policy limits from the TPA’s insurer
  • Secured full insurance funding for an innovative tech company for a unique and unprecedented mass arbitration dispute
  • Secured extensive coverage under a representations and warranties policy for a seller fraud claim on an accelerated time frame
  • Representing a major university involving the recovery of more than $100 million in insurance proceeds related to sexual misconduct and general liability insurance
  • Drafting a wide variety of insurance policies and bespoke provisions addressing risks that cannot be fully covered through traditional insurance markets, including for innovative technologies
  • Developing comprehensive risk management plans and custom insurance programs for major events, including the upcoming Los Angeles Summer Olympicss
  • Working to secure comprehensive insurance programs and/or coverage for claims under difficult scenarios, including for foreign public issuers, clients near or in bankruptcy proceedings, and clients with unique exposure to serious risks, such as sexual abuse or products liability

Jacquelyn’s recent speaking engagements

  • “Insurance Coverage for Emerging Companies and Technologies: An Essential Asset,” Lawline webinar, November 8, 2022
  • “What Every In-house Counsel Should Know About Insurance,” Cooley’s CLE Speaker Series webinar, January 2021 and January 2023


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University
JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif

Columbia University

Court admissions

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Rankings & accolades

Chambers USA Massachusetts – Insurance (2023)

Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Outstanding Service Award (2015)

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Felix Frankfurter Award (2007)

Boston Bar Association, Public Interest Leadership Program (2013 – 2014)