Born Tacoma, Washington; admitted to bar, 1994, Arizona; 1997, Nevada; 1998, Colorado.
Education: Boise State University (B.S. 1991); University of Iowa (J.D., 1994).
Member: State Bar of Nevada; State Bar of Arizona; State Bar of Colorado; United States District Courts for Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado; and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Burke has been a member of Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section), as well as various local state and county bar associations in Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado, and is an alum of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Burke has served as a volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign and the Community Action Board for HIV/Net, and has provided pro bono legal services to the Family Ties Adoption Agency, the United Way, and the Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth. He also served on the Global Focus Films Board of Directors. Mr. Burke has served as a mentor and teacher for grade school students in low-income inner-city schools.
After graduating from law school in 1994, Mr. Burke began has career with the law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. He also worked as an associate with Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy LLP and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado before joining Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd. in 2003.
Mr. Burke practices general defense litigation, which includes product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, asbestos litigation, premises liability, and professional liability litigation (medical, legal, and real estate). He has also had experience in commercial disputes, debt collection, and bankruptcy.
Mr. Burke has handled lawsuits and claims for Fortune 500 companies, multinational companies, and small local businesses, including manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, automobiles, trucks and sports utility vehicles, heavy construction equipment, and consumer home products. These cases have involved complex issues in engineering, design, manufacturing, product development, failure analysis, cause and origin, bio-mechanics, human factors, bio-medicine, and epidemiology.
During his career, Mr. Burke has had significant experience in nationwide discovery programs for clients with high-volume pattern litigation. He also coordinated and managed the development of a comprehensive record-retention policy manual for a prominent multinational corporation.
Presentations: Hot Topics: An Update Look at Daubert and Differential Diagnosis, Exceptions to the Learned Intermediary Rule, Liability for Off-Label Use and Restatement of Torts (Third), 2001 DRI National Conference on Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Young Lawyers Division.