Brian J. Burt


Snell & Wilmer LLP
One East Washington Street
Suite 2700
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tel: 602.382.6317


Chair of Snell & Wilmer’s Emerging Business Group, Brian Burt advises entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in all stages of development, from formation to liquidity. He also represents banks, financial services companies, private investors, and venture capital funds.

He has extensive experience in corporate organization, reorganization and governance; private equity and debt financing; shareholder/owner relations, buyouts and disputes; employment and consulting agreements; employee incentive programs; general contract negotiation; supplier/manufacturing agreements; securities regulation; technology transfer and licensing; joint ventures and strategic alliances; fund formation; cloud computing; corporate asset protection and succession planning; and mergers and acquisitions.

Brian represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking and financial services, biotechnology, capital investment, consumer products and services, education, entertainment/media, healthcare, high tech, Internet, manufacturing, marketing/public relations, medical device, nutraceuticals, outdoor, professional services, real estate development, renewable energy, and software and information technology.


  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998)
    • Managing Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • Allegheny College (B.A., Political Science & Philosophy, summa cum laude, 1995)
    • Valedictorian
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Pi Sigma Alpha

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2015-2023);
  • Information Technology Law (2023); Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2023)
  • Deal of the Year, Association for Corporate Growth – Arizona (2018)
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Business/Corporate (2012-2013)
At Snell & Wilmer, we recognize one straightforward fact – our clients care less about our internal workings and more about the degree to which we understand their business, their industry, and the trends and challenges that can affect their ability to minimize risk and maximize success. This strong external focus and the diverse experience of more than 450 attorneys enable us to help clients solve problems, achieve opportunities and deal efficiently and effectively with an ever-changing economic, business and legal landscape.

More than 450 attorneys in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico. Locations include Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los AngelesOrange County, and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Clients include major national and multinational corporations, educational and research institutions, municipalities and government agencies, nonprofits, charitable organizations, industry executives and high-net-worth individuals.