Caleb P. Burns focuses on advising participants in the political process on compliance with all aspects of political law, including campaign finance, government ethics, and lobbying. His clients include federal officeholders, political candidates and committees, non-profit and tax exempt 501(c) advocacy organizations, trade associations, Fortune 50 corporations, other business organizations, and private individuals. He has particular experience with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA), as well as analogous state and local laws regulating campaign finance, government ethics, and lobbying. Caleb frequently represents clients subject to these laws in matters before the Federal Election Commission (FEC), other federal and state administrative agencies, and in federal and state courts.

Rated among the nation’s leading lawyers by Chambers USA, he is recognized as “a real expert in the political law arena” (2013). He is described as “a meticulous and thorough practitioner who has an excellent reputation in the market” (2015) and “always very prompt” (2014). Clients value his “very practical advice” (2014). Caleb has appeared as a nationally broadcast commentator on Fox News and National Public Radio, and is regularly cited and quoted on political law topics in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, Time, Politico, The Huffington Post, Salon, Roll Call, The Hill, Law360, The Washington Times, Washington Business Journal, and Washington Examiner.

Practice Areas

  • Election Law & Government Ethics
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act
  • Litigation


  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Duke University

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia