Mark Burton is Of Counsel to Audet & Partners. He graduated in 1995 with a Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Golden Gate University Law Review. During law school he clerked for the San Francisco Superior Court and practiced as a certified law clerk at the Contra Costa Public Defenders Office. Mr. Burton’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including class and non-class action claims involving mass torts, product liability, personal injury, employment claims and consumer class actions. He successfully tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts in a variety of matters and is as a Super Lawyer every year since 2008.
The Legal website AVVO give him its highest rating at “Superb 10.0”. Previously, Mr. Burton represented the State of New Mexico as a Special Assistant Attorney General prosecuting pharmaceutical fraud and represented one of the whistle blowers in the $1.4 Billion settlement on behalf of the United States (one of the largest recoveries on behalf of the United States at the time). Recently he received The National Trial Lawyers Trial Team of the Year award for his work in Johnson v. Monsanto, the first verdict against Monsanto Corp. proving that Roundup caused cancer, resulting in a $289 Million verdict. He also participated in the 2019 Roundup trial involving a husband and wife that contracted cancer, resulting in a verdict exceeding $2 Billion. As of 2018 he was the most prominent trial attorney against Uber’s misclassification of drivers as independent contractors having completed three arbitrations. Mr. Burton is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics involving complex litigation, has written several litigation articles, served as a trustee for Golden Gate University and serves as an advisor to the Dean of GGU Law School. Mr. Burton past appointments include serving as a mediator, a discovery facilitator, an expert witness in legal malpractice cases and as a state bar fee arbitrator.