Keith Gardiner Burt

LEIU Legal Advisor
Deputy District Attorney (Retired)

San Diego County (CA) District Attorney's Office

LEIU Legal Advisor Keith Gardiner Burt was a Deputy District Attorney for over thirty years, as a trial lawyer handling complex cases (including homicides, police officer victims, multiple defendants, and death penalty matters) and in management, overseeing administration and policy matters.  Nationally recognized for gang prosecution, Deputy District Attorney Burt traveled extensively throughout the United States, and to some parts of Mexico and Canada, learning aspects of gang phenomena and regularly addressing police officers, prosecutors, probation officers, educators and community groups regarding evaluation, analysis and resolution of gang related problems, gang prosecution, search and seizure, and legal and practical aspects of law enforcement and prosecution, for the National College of District Attorneys, the California Department of Justice, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and others.  He served on various commissions, and as a policy advisor.  Mr. Burt headed the District Attorney's Juvenile Drug Court program, created and served fourteen years as the Chief of the Gang Prosecution Division and four years as the Chief Deputy District Attorney, overseeing all special prosecution areas such as Gangs, Domestic Violence, Juvenile, Fraud, Intelligence, Child Abuse, and Narcotics.  Prior to his retirement, he worked in the Computer And Technology Crime High-tech response team (CATCH), comprised of local, state and federal prosecutors and police.  Some of Mr. Burt's career highlights include: State Prosecutor of the Year, (CDAA), 1994; Prosecutor of the Year, San Diego County, 1991 and 1995; National College of District Attorneys' Lecturer of Merit, 1993; Project Director for several innovative under-cover anti-gang operations yielding the arrest and conviction of over 400 gang members for crimes ranging from minor drug sales to homicides, 1988 - 1994; California Governor's Public Safety Award, 1991; charter member, California Gang Violence Advisory Committee 1982 - 1995; created San Diego County's Gang Prosecution Division 1981; California Department of Justice Organized Crime Bureau Advisory Committee, 1996-2002; and National Youth Gang Center Advisory Board member, 1996 - present.  Mr. Burt has served as LEIU's Legal Advisor since 1995.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from United States International University in 1971, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1974, and a California Community College Teaching Credential in 1979.