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Michael Kerry Burke


Professional Experience

  • The Burke Law Firm
  • Kinsella Boesch Fujikawa & Towle (prestigious boutique litigation firm)
  • Morrison & Foerster (top 10 international law firm)
  • United States Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and US District Court (CD Cal)
  • RAND Corporation (policy and research analyst at nationally known think tank) 
  • AV-rated (top 10 percent of lawyers nationwide)


  • UCLA School of Law
  • UCLA Law Review (prestigious journal of scholarly legal articles)
  • Roscoe Pound Moot Court Honors Society (oral argument competition)
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing and Research
  • Research Assistant (Prof. Steven Shiffrin, Constitutional law)
  • Greenberg Scholar

Relevant Litigation

  • Tried numerous cases for State Farm Insurance in nation's largest employment discrimination class actions
  • Defended Northrop Grumman in contract dispute with the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Handled extensive nationwide litigation involving Girls Gone Wild
  • Successfully managed numerous class actions to favorable client outcomes
  • Represented an international cosmetics company and a freight forwarder in price-fixing antitrust actions
  • Negotiated white collar plea agreements with the US Department of Justice and with  States Attorneys General
  • Handle law firm dissolutions and partnership disputes for numerous Los Angeles law firms, as well as business partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Represented child actor in suit against his parents for mismanagement of assets
  • Represented bondholders in Charles Keating/Lincoln Savings & Loan securities fraud cases
  • Represent commercial art dealers in greymarket copyright disputes
  • Prevailed in constitutional cases challenging retroactive tax law changes and to impose  constitutional limits on punitive damages 
  • Represent broad range of clients in employment, unfair competition and commercial litigation matters 
  • Represent media broadcasters and corporate entities in free speech, court access and defamation cases 

Business Matters 

  • Negotiate supply chain, vendor and distribution agreements
  • Negotiate acquisition terms of business entities  
  • Conduct due diligence for corporate acquisitions 
  • Negotiate real estate acquisitions and commercial lease agreements
  • Advise medical professionals and surgical centers (represented the plastic surgeons on ABC's "Extreme Makeover")
  • Represented equity partners in large marina resort development 
  • Represent large national hotel operator in real estate acquisitions 
  • Negotiated with World Bank for financing of hotels in Haiti
  • Negotiate technology transfer licenses with Sandia National Laboratory 
  • Represented solar power company in acquisition of utility level solar power projects 
  • Represent entertainment production companies in corporate and content acquisition matters 

General Counsel Experience 

  • 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  

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