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  • Illinois
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana


Antony S. Burt


In My Own Words

Schiff Hardin

A commercial litigator for more than 30 years, Tony handles highly visible and complex lawsuits, including those against a former governor of Illinois, a U.S. congressman, a city mayor, and the son of a sitting U.S. president, as well as insurance coverage claims involving a sitting U.S. President and reinsurance obligations arising out of the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Tony has a national practice, having tried and arbitrated cases throughout the country. He represents financial institutions in lender liability, commercial disputes, fidelity bonds and closing protection letter claims. In representing a client, Tony focuses on solving the client’s problem. Sometimes that means taking the dispute to trial but most often the best result is to avoid or end litigation through a creative resolution that efficiently achieves the client's goals at a reasonable cost.

Tony also has extensive experience handling civil investigations to identify and recover losses on fraud, employee dishonesty or misconduct, and professional malpractice. Tony's approach is to seek a quick and cost-effective resolution, while being sensitive to business operations of the company. He frequently coordinates with criminal enforcement and regulatory agencies to maximize the recovery to companies victimized by fraud.

Additionally, he has substantial experience with reinsurance arbitration and litigation on behalf of both reinsurers and cedants. His reinsurance experience includes disputes over:

  • Personal accident
  • Marine
  • Individual disability insurance
  • Workers' compensation carve out
  • Warranty claims handling
  • Claims reviews and auditing
  • Rescission
  • Cancellation
  • Oral agreements to reinsure
  • Follow the fortunes and follow the settlements
  • Letters of credit
  • Fronting arrangements and obligations of ceding and assuming companies


  • Acted as trial counsel in Houston General Insurance Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London in which the court affirmed the entry of a $39 million arbitration award after a six-week arbitration. U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19516 (S.D.N.Y. 2003)

  • Handled a two-week arbitration for the FDIC in a contract dispute over an assistance agreement, recovering more than $43 million and defeating a $50 million counterclaim.

  • Successfully lifted an injunction against the FDIC on the sale of an $85 million loan secured by a hotel property, allowing the sale to proceed that same day.

  • Led a special investigation for the Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of State Farm Insurance Company into the company’s handling of the insurance claim by the then-President of the United States.

  • Tried a closing protection letter lawsuit establishing title agent fraud and obtaining $2.3 million judgment. JP Morgan Chase Bank v. First Am. Title Ins. Co., 795 F. Supp. 2d 621 (E.D. Mich. 2011). Trial verdict was affirmed by Sixth Circuit. (2014 WL 1622193) (April 24, 2014)

  • Defeated three lender liability cases in different jurisdictions brought by the same borrower while recovering on the underlying mortgage.

  • Acted as chief outside counsel for the RTC on all investigations into possible financial fraud at closed savings and loans during RTC's final year. In addition, conducted special investigations for the RTC relating to the failure of such high-profile financial institutions as Franklin Savings and Loan Association of Overland Park, Kansas, and Centrust Savings of Florida.

  • Served as a member of the RTC's Phoenix SWAT team handling litigation, investigations and asset disposition issues. During this period, he regularly lectured RTC attorneys and investigators on conducting investigations and pursuing professional liability claims.

  • Assisted in many of the most important cases involving legal challenges to the appointment of receivers and special receivership powers, including two cases which were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Awards and Honors

AV Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
Benchmark Litigation – Star
Best Lawyers in America – Insurance Law
Fellow, Leadership of Greater Chicago
Illinois Super Lawyers – General Litigation
Leading Lawyer – Antitrust, Commercial Litigation; Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law; Professional Malpractice Defense Law, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
Leading Lawyer – Insurance: Reinsurance Litigation, Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business


Northwestern University School of Law(J.D., 1982)Member, Northwestern University Law Review
Duke University(A.B., 1978)

Teaching Appointments

Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy - Northwestern University (1998 - present)

Professional Memberships

U.S. Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS)
American Bar Association
Section of Litigation
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

Civic and Charitable Memberships

The Albert C. Maule Urban Issues Forum
Evanston Community Foundation
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Leadership Greater Chicago
Distinguished Fellow Selection Committee
Metropolitan Family Services
Advisory Board