New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft isn’t pulling any punches in assembling his defense from prostitution charges in South Florida.
Kraft hired William “Bill” Burck, co-managing partner with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Washington, D.C., office, to join his legal team.
Burck’s career spans two decades. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1998, he served as a law clerk for retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He then worked as a prosecutor with Southern District of New York between 2003 and 2005.
The attorney subsequently joined the federal government, first as a senior official with the Department of Justice, and then as special counsel and deputy counsel to President George W. Bush from 2007 to 2009. Shortly thereafter he made partner at law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ office in Washington, D.C.
Burck’s history with the federal government and reputation as a Republican insider came into sharp focus in September during U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearings. The attorney was part of the team responsible for reviewing documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s time working as an associate counsel and staff secretary in the White House under George W. Bush. In many cases, these documents were deemed “committee confidential.”
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Burck also represents President Donald Trump’s former White House counsel, Donald McGahn, as well as former Breitbart News editor and ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. He did not respond to requests for comment on his work for Kraft.
In addition to Burck, Kraft has also retained the services of West Palm Beach lawyer Jack Goldberger. That attorney, a partner at Atterbury, Goldberger & Weiss, has come under scrutiny for his role as part of the defense team for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Kraft was charged in February with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. Palm Beach County prosecutors allege Kraft visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter and paid for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff Jan. 19 and 20. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 27.