Litigation Success

Michael's deep experience covers litigation matters in a wide array of areas including:
  • White collar crime
  • Trade secrets and audits
  • Employment
  • Defamation suits
  • Insurance Bad faith – coverage work
  • Corporate Board matters
Relevant Cases
  • Tried numerous cases for State Farm Insurance in nation's largest employment discrimination class action
  • On defense team representing Northrop Grumman in contract dispute with the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Oversaw extensive nationwide litigation involving Girls Gone Wild
  • Successfully managed numerous class actions to favorable client outcomes
  • Extensive experience litigating shareholder disputes and partnership disputes
  • Represented an international cosmetics company and a freight forwarder in antitrust price-fixing actions
  • Negotiated white collar criminal plea agreements with the US Department of Justice and with States Attorneys General
  • Handled law firm dissolutions for numerous Los Angeles law firms
  • Represented well-known child actor in suit against his parents for mismanagement of assets
  • Successfully represented bondholders in Charles Keating/Lincoln Savings & Loan securities fraud cases through federal appeals
  • Represent commercial art dealers in greymarket copyright disputes
  • Prevailed in constitutional cases challenging retroactive tax law changes, and imposing constitutional limits on punitive damages
  • Represent broad range of industry clients in employment, wrongful termination, unfair competition and commercial litigation matters
  • Represent media broadcasters and corporate entities in free speech, court access and defamation cases

Business Law Success

Innovative Insight. Actionable Advice.
  • Strategic Business Roadmaps
  • Business Growth Strategy
  • Rethinking the Innovation Process
  • Investor-Friendly Business Plans
  • Business Viability
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Scale Up Strategies
Relevant Cases
  • Negotiate supply chain, vendor and distribution agreements
  • Negotiate business acquisitions and divestitures
  • Conduct due diligence for corporate acquisitions and private equity investments
  • Negotiate commercial lease agreements
  • Represented equity partners in large marina resort development
  • Represented large national hotel operator in real estate acquisitions
  • Worked with World Bank to finance hotel construction for NGO's in Haiti following its devastating earthquake
  • Negotiate technology transfer licenses with Sandia National Laboratory
  • Represented solar power company in acquisition of utility level solar power projects
  • Advise medical professionals and ambulatory surgical centers (and represented plastic surgeons on ABC's "Extreme Makeover")
  • Represent entertainment production companies in corporate and content acquisition matters

General Counsel Success

Plan. Prepare. Perform. Prevail.
  • General Counsel for companies in food manufacturing and distribution, media and entertainment, health and beauty products, and real estate development
  • Outside general counsel for entertainment content producers, defense industry technology licensing, alternative energy production, educational enterprises, biotechnology and real estate development

5 star rating

As a CEO and board member of numerous companies, I have extensive experience with law firms and legal matters. Michael Burke is one of the most astute and thoughtful counselors I have ever encountered. He explains legal concepts memorably and in a way that makes them readily understandable. He is a very effective lawyer and advocate.