Mr. Burke brings 42 years of experience as a business trial lawyer in major national law firms, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a diverse range of business disputes in federal and state courts in 26 states, China and Canada. His years of experience as a litigation attorney and trial lawyer provide him with a unique and creative perspective that affords him the ability to guide parties toward satisfying settlements. He is committed to preparing intensively for each case, including pre-hearing calls with each party, to achieve an in-depth knowledge of the issues at hand. His readiness and tenacity have proven to be instrumental in facilitating fair and equitable settlements for the parties involved. This dedication extends to relentless follow-up if a case does not settle at the hearing. He has had significant experience mediating and arbitrating disputes involving individuals and small, midsize and large businesses, including family businesses. He is available to conduct hearings with no additional travel fees for cases within California and Arizona.

My Mediation Philosophy

I use a mix of facilitative and evaluative approaches depending on the situation and the parties’ desires. In caucuses, we confidentially and constructively explore the strengths and weaknesses of the parties' cases, the best and worst and most likely alternatives to a negotiated agreement, the risks faced by each party if there is no settlement, and the costs of proceeding through trial.


I like to get to know the parties and hear their perspectives.  I listen to them carefully and always treat the parties with empathy, respect and civility as I learn their views, motivations, wants and needs. I work with the parties to creatively brainstorm ideas and solutions and their settlement demands or offers and their later settlement moves with them, to help the parties reach a resolution that they can all accept. This may include business solutions as well as money demands and offers.


I prepare intensively in advance of each mediation session. I believe in outside the box approaches and relentless follow-up.

Online Dispute Resolution

I am available to handle your matters remotely via Zoom Conferencing. I have had extensive training and experience in the use of the Zoom platform and use it successfully. It has been well received by parties and can lead to considerable savings in travel time and expenses. Each session is password protected and uses the waiting room, lock and breakout room functions for enhanced security.  I work with counsel in pre-hearing calls to cover all of the features and procedures to ensure that the technology will work smoothly

  • Contract disputes

  • Real estate disputes

  • Landlord/tenant/lease disputes

  • Family business disputes

  • Business divorce cases

  • Complex commercial disputes

  • COVID-19 Related Contract, Real Estate and Insurance Disputes

  • Corporate governance disputes

  • Merger and acquisition disputes

  • Class actions and derivative suits

  • Securities fraud investment disputes

  • Accounting and legal malpractice disputes

  • Antitrust, unfair competition and trade practices disputes

  • Technology, trade secrets and intellectual property disputes

  • Employment disputes

  • Healthcare disputes

  • Partnership disputes and dissolutions

  • Debtor-Creditor disputes

  • Qui tam and False Claims Act disputes

  • Banking and Finance Disputes

  • Accounting and Taxation Disputes

  • Environmental disputes

  • Construction defect disputes

  • Insurance coverage disputes

  • Personal and catastrophic injury disputes

  • Automobile, motorcycle, and truck-trailer disputes

  • E-discovery and cybersecurity

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Tel. (415) 772-0900
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