Expertise

Types of Clients We Serve

The Burke Law Firm represents companies, their directors and corporate executives in business law, strategy, and business litigation matters. The firm engages with closely held corporations and works closely with private equity portfolio companies. Michael Burke is AV-rated by the Martindale-Hubbell national peer-reviewed legal directory (an honor accorded to the top 10 percent of lawyers nationwide) and is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Partnership Dissolution and Shareholder Claims

Businesses launch, grow, divest, and dissolve. The Firm represents clients in every phase of the business lifecycle. Corporate governance, shareholder litigation and partnership disputes are one area where these issues have significant legal consequences. The Firm represents founders, executives and directors in all of these business-critical matters.

Employment Law

The Firm represents companies in employment law litigation as well as counsel on employee management and contract issues. On the litigation front, the Firm's employment practice includes defending against wrongful termination claims, employee class actions, harassment and discrimination suits, and PAGA wage claims. Mr. Burke is an experienced trial attorney and has strategically managed complex litigation and coordinated appeals nationwide. The Firm provides counseling on employment and independent contractor agreements, employee classification, and wage issues. The Firm drafts and reviews employee policy manuals, and is a key advisor in equal opportunity and other regulatory compliance matters.

Trade Secret Theft and Unfair Competition

Trade secret theft and unfair business practices can seriously jeopardize a company's competitive position. Employee poaching, trade secret misappropriation and trademark infringement are some of the claims that the Firm handles for its clients. The Firm also counsels clients in trade secret and confidential information matters, to ensure that the company's valuable IP assets and competitive differentiators are protected. The Firm also defends clients in both civil and criminal regulatory compliance matters. Michael Burke has obtained favorable outcomes for his clients with the US Department of Justice, the SEC, the FTC, and the FDA as well as with the California Attorney General's Office.

White Collar Crime and Regulatory Compliance

The Firm also defends clients against both criminal and civil claims involving regulatory compliance matters or financial impropriety. Michael Burke has obtained favorable outcomes for his clients with the US Department of Justice, the SEC, the FTC, and the FDA as well as with the California Attorney General's Office.

Health Care and Regulatory Compliance

The Firm handles a variety of corporate health care matters, including licensing, physician practice, and in regulatory matters related to health care. Value-based medicine has made healthcare acquisitions even more attractive to private equity firms, which makes traditional legal issues involving Anti-Kickback Laws, Stark laws, and False Claims Act cases more complicated. Mr. Burke also advises private equity firms and other investors on potential strategic alliances and joint ventures to unlock the potential for growth and scale in their health care delivery models.

First Amendment and Media Law

The Firm is adept at litigation involving the correlative rights of personal reputation and privacy, on the one hand, and freedom of press and expression, on the other. As a First Amendment expert, Michael Burke represents media organizations, authors and publishers (including online entities and ISPs) against libel and defamation claims.