Eliot "Eli" T. Burriss is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Burriss has litigated complex commercial disputes throughout the United States, serving as counsel to global clients in all aspects of litigation. In recent years, he has had a particular emphasis on representing healthcare and managed care companies, as well as a variety of organizations in antitrust, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other significant matters.

During the course of his career, Mr. Burriss has served as trial counsel in numerous state and federal antitrust claims and government investigations. He also has represented clients in state and federal courts involving allegations of unfair competition, ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices, trademark violations, breach of contract, vicarious liability, product liability and tortious interference with contractual relationships.

In the community, Mr. Burriss provides significant pro bono assistance to military members, veterans and their families.

Representative Experience

  • Represent a Fortune 100 healthcare organization in a variety of litigation matters, ranging from member disputes, responses to state regulatory inquiries, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits and class action litigation, provider arbitrations and affirmative antifraud litigation; experience spans all phases of litigation at both the trial and appellate levels
  • Represent a Fortune 25 healthcare organization in numerous litigation matters, including member disputes, ERISA benefits disputes and provider arbitrations
  • Represent a regional health plan in provider and member disputes in both state court proceedings and arbitrations
  • Represented a pharmacy benefit manager in regulatory proceedings and compliance analysis of new benefit offerings

  • Represent a national owner and operator of acute and specialty care facilities in litigation relating to theft of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Represent owners and operators of acute care facilities in litigation relating to lease and real estate matters
  • Represent a national healthcare organization in antitrust litigation relating to competitive entity's efforts to block physicians from participating in new health plan
  • Represent numerous healthcare providers in qui tam litigation
  • Represent healthcare providers in licensing inquiries before Texas Medical Board

  • Represented a national frozen foods manufacturer in antitrust multidistrict litigation (MDL) arising out of allegations of a nationwide conspiracy to allocate markets and fix prices in a packaged food category
  • Represented a national property and casualty insurer in antitrust litigation in which plaintiffs alleged that leading insurers conspired to suppress reimbursements on property casualty claims
  • National counsel for one of nation's largest equipment rental companies in trade secret litigation
  • Represented numerous clients in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust investigations
  • Represented a national financial institution in litigation relating to scraping and aggregating member data made available through client's website and app

  • Represented a Fortune 50 retailer in class action in which plaintiffs asserted that the client's Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) enrollment and eligibility notices failed to comply with U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations
  • Represented institutional trustees in class actions in which plaintiffs alleged that the trustee caused an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to pay more than adequate consideration for shares of the company in initial transaction
  • Represented an institutional trustee in class action in which plaintiffs alleged that the trustee caused an ESOP to pay more than adequate consideration for shares of the company in second stage transaction
  • Represented a leading national mobile communications provider in 401(k) litigation in which plaintiffs alleged that the plan's selected provider charged excessive fees and offered underperforming investment options
  • Represented plan sponsors in a variety of benefit litigation matters
  • Represented plan sponsors and trustees in a variety of DOL investigations and enforcement proceedings


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Stanford University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • State Bar of Texas, 2003-Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, 2003-Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2015-Present
  • Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), 2019-Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), 2018-Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Dallas Chapter, 2003-2005
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500 USA, Litigation, 2019; ERISA Litigation, 2021
  • Texas 100 High Stakes Litigation, America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2016-2020
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Counsel of the Year, American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Center


Speaking Engagements