Alan M. Burger

Member;
West Palm Beach
E: aburger@mcdonaldhopkins.com
P: 561.472.2963

Consider retaining Alan for:

  • Complex business litigation
  • Franchise advice or related litigation
  • "Bet the farm" litigation
  • Commercial litigation including alternative or contingent fee arrangements

Over the course of his nearly 30 year career, Alan has developed a unique ability to understand and manage interpersonal and complex business relationships. He uses these skills to negotiate and structure transactions, mitigate risk, mitigate claims or avoid litigation. Alan is also a strong proponent of pre-suit dispute resolution formats such as pre-suit settlement meetings or pre-suit mediation.

Alan is the co-chair of the McDonald Hopkins’ franchise group. In that capacity Alan assists franchisors and franchisees with various franchise opportunities or challenges. He has facilitated the drafting of franchise offerings and entity structuring. He has also overseen purchase and sales of multi-unit franchisees, including multi-unit distressed franchisees. Finally, he has assisted franchisee groups or individual franchisees with dispute resolution including suit avoidance. He has mediated hundreds of disputes.

Alan also serves as counsel for businesses or individuals with business interests. In those roles he advises on day-to-day business issues. When necessary, Alan litigates. He has acted as lead counsel in hundreds   of lawsuits. And, Alan acts as counsel in both lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. His work involves several civil litigation areas including: large-scale commercial and complex foreclosures, disputes amongst owners, franchisee/franchisor disputes, commercial landlord tenant or eviction issues, assertions of breaches of duty, contract, trade secret theft and non-compete violations. Many disputes involved ten to hundreds of millions of dollars. On the recovery side, Alan has multiple seven figure jury wins and multiple seven figure settlements. On the defense side, he has multiple “victories” including zero judgments or pennies on the dollar.

Alan has achieved the significant accomplishment of having two arbitration awards vacated  by the trial court. Review of those orders was upheld by the intermediate Appellate Court and, in one instance, the Florida Supreme Court.

Alan has also been involved in issues related to data privacy and cybersecurity since 2004, once serving as the co-chair to the McDonald Hopkins data privacy and cybersecurity practice.

Alan earned a J.D. from California Western School of Law and an LL.M. in real property law from the University of Miami. He received a B.A. from the University of Florida.

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