Caroline Schmidt Burton Associate

Caroline focuses her practice on investigations, complex commercial litigation, and appellate matters. Caroline has experience drafting dispositive motions and appellate briefs, counseling clients through government and internal investigations, and representing clients in oral argument in state and federal court.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Caroline served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. 

Caroline also has experience as a litigation associate at a national law firm in Washington D.C.  Her clients included financial institutions and municipalities. 

In law school at the University of Virginia, Caroline was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.  She also served as a teaching assistant for the mandatory legal research and writing course and was a member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic.  In addition to receiving her JD, Caroline earned a Master’s Degree in legal history. At graduation, she was awarded the Thomas Marshall Miller Prize, an honor selected by the faculty for an outstanding and deserving member of the graduating class.


Represented financial institution in class action filed in federal court.

Advised municipalities undergoing Department of Justice investigations regarding police conduct.

Assisted financial institution clients in internal and regulatory investigations.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 2014
  • University of Virginia, MA, History, 2014
  • University of Virginia, BA, History, minor in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, 2011

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022; Appellate Practice, 2022

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
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