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Brandi Z. Burton

Associate | bburton@smsm.com
Associate | Chicago, IL
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Brandi Z. Burton is an associate in the firm's Chicago office focusing her practice on the defense of toxic tort and product liability cases. She develops strategies to advise and support her clients at all stages of dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Ms. Burton was an assistant state’s attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As an assistant state’s attorney, Ms. Burton served as 1st chair attorney for several jury and bench trials.

Ms. Burton received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Burton was a judicial extern for the Honorable John Robert Blakey in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As a former member of Chicago-Kent’s nationally-ranked Trial Advocacy team, Ms. Burton competed in the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial National Competition and won the competition’s first-place award for National Best Oral Advocate. Additionally, Ms. Burton received a CALI award for highest grade in Trial Advocacy.

Before attending law school, Ms. Burton served as a college counselor at Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men-Englewood Campus. She continues to serve as a part-time college counselor at Chicago Scholars. 

Ms. Burton regularly volunteers as a bar prep tutor for Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc. (MLER), serves as the Judicial Evaluation Committee Co-Chair for the Black Women Lawyers’ Association (BWLA), and as Board President for Friends in the City Foundation (FITCF).

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Co-Chair, 2019-2020
  • Friends in the City Foundation, Board President, 2019-2020
  • Chicago Scholars, College Counselor, 2016-Present

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2016

Spelman College, B.A., Psychology, 2011

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2016
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 2016