Emily  Slater
  • New York

Emily Slater

Managing Director

Emily Slater is a Managing Director with responsibility for assessing and underwriting legal risk across a broad range of practice areas and for identifying high-value investments in the marketplace. Ms. Slater has nearly a decade of experience structuring and underwriting legal finance deals and has played a significant role in building Burford’s globally recognized, industry-leading investment and underwriting processes. She has assessed thousands of cases involving billions of dollars of legal finance investment.

Ms. Slater speaks frequently about legal finance in the media and at events, including those organized by AIRA, the American Bar Association, ICCA, NYSBA and The Knowledge Group.

Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Slater was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton, where she specialized in complex securities and other bet-the-company litigation and regulatory investigations involving billions in damages. Ms. Slater regularly represented financial institutions and public companies before the SEC and DOJ. She also represented the City of New York in the criminal investigation of the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash and led a landmark pro bono class action litigation regarding mental health treatment in New York City jails, which prevailed in the New York State Court of Appeals. She is a founding member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and served as a trustee of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.

Ms. Slater graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was the Colloquium Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change.


“[Burford has] a brilliant team for international arbitration matters—particularly… Emily Slater… They are the most knowledgeable and most sophisticated in the business. They also are accessible, responsive, and a real pleasure to work with.” Partner,
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Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance, Lawdragon 2020-2023
100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists, Lawdragon 2019