Jason Burton, L’11, began preparing for a successful career in business litigation long before law school graduation.
A graduate of Glenville State College in Glenville, W.V., Burton graduated magna cum laude with a degree in business administration. After college, Burton came directly to Elon Law and quickly immersed himself in internships and extracurricular activities.
“The combination of resources Elon offers prepared me incredibly well for my work,” Burton said. “The classes I took provided me with the substantive knowledge needed to be successful and the combination of the business and litigation classes, my externship and clerkship with the Business Court and the experience I gained working with my father prepared me extremely well for private practice.”
While in law school, Burton worked as a law clerk at his father’s law firm, Burton & Sue, LLP, in Greensboro and spent a summer with Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP in Raleigh.
Burton made the Dean’s List during all three years of law school and won the 2009 Intramural Moot Court competition, as well as earning the award for Best Oral Advocate. He also participated in the John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition and the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Though Burton participated in many extracurricular activities, he believes his work on law review and the Moot Court Board best prepared him for his career.
After law school, Burton completed a one year judicial clerkship with the Honorable James L. Gale, a Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases in the North Carolina Business Court, whose chambers are located inside Elon Law School.
“My clerkship with Judge Gale ended about a month ago and I recently began working for Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton's Raleigh office,” Burton said. “I am an associate in the complex business litigation section and we represent clients in various civil litigation matters including contract disputes, intellectual property and trade secrets cases, board of director and officer litigation, class action litigation and myriad of other business issues.”
Burton advises students to take advantage of the opportunities available at Elon and use the unique resources that professors, judges and extracurriculars can offer.
“Take advantage of the fact that Elon has a working court inside of it's walls,” Burton said. “The Business Court frequently holds hearings that are open to the public and Judge Gale and his staff love to have students sit in.”