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McGuireWoods’ Andrew Trask to Receive Prestigious 2017 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

April 6, 2017

The Burton Awards, regarded across the legal industry as a premier recognition for articles written by lawyers, has honored McGuireWoods senior counsel Andrew Trask with a 2017 Distinguished Legal Writing Award. Only 25 winners are selected from nominations submitted by the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms.

Trask, a litigator who has defended more than 100 class actions, was selected for “Litigation Matters: The Curious Case of Tysons Foods v. Bouaphakeo,” published in the Cato Supreme Court Review on Oct. 1, 2016. The article examines the first class action opinion in a post-Scalia U.S. Supreme Court and highlights how litigators’ strategies influence legal doctrine.

“I am honored to be included among the few lawyers recognized for commentary on an important area of law with significant impact on businesses and consumers,” said Trask, who will be recognized at a May 22 gala at the Library of Congress.

A noted industry thought leader, Trask writes for McGuireWoods’ Class Action Countermeasures blog, provides updates on class action-related news through his @ClassStrategist Twitter feed, regularly contributes to law publications and has testified before congressional committees on class action litigation reform. He received an Outstanding Contributor Award from Lawyers for Civil Justice in 2016.

Trask represents clients in all varieties of class actions, including those involving automotive products, telecommunications products, business contracts, securities, ERISA, U.S. antitrust laws and environmental claims. A member of the Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims’ NextGen Advisory Board, he defends clients in mass tort cases involving financial regulations, products liability, and consumer fraud claims.

A program of the nonprofit Burton Foundation, now in its 18th year, the awards recognize great achievements in law with an emphasis on writing and reform.


Bob Lewis Senior Manager, Media Relations T: +1 804 775 7883
Leslie A. Valenza Manager, Media Relations T: +1 804 775 7536
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