Attorney Frank Burke

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Frank Burke conducts mediations and arbitrations in San Francisco, Oakland, Silicon Valley and throughout California.

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. He helps parties resolve their conflicts in a fair, cost-effective way through creative approaches and relentless follow-up. He uses a mix of facilitative and evaluative approaches depending on the situation and the parties’ desires. He likes to get to know the parties and hear their perspectives. He listens to them carefully and always treats the parties with empathy, respect and civility as he learns their views, motivations, wants and needs. He prepares intensively in advance of each mediation session. As a full-time neutral, 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 throughout California.

He uses a mix of facilitative and evaluative approaches in mediation, depending on the situation and the parties’ desires. He prepares intensively in advance of each mediation and believes in outside-the-box approaches and relentless follow-up.

He conducts arbitration hearings with a firm and fair hand. He streamlines ways to receive evidence to reduce undue expense to the parties, requiring early disclosure of witnesses and exhibits, limited discovery of documents and depositions followed by disclosure of experts and damages theories to be used at trial, encouraging declarations in lieu of direct testimony, and novel approaches to the presentation of expert testimony. He follows the law and issues reasoned awards.

Online Dispute Resolution: has recognized Mr. Burke as a Certified Online Mediator and he is a member of The International Council for Online Dispute Resolution. Mr. Burke is available to handle your matters remotely via Zoom. He has had extensive training and experience in the use of Zoom and uses it successfully. Zoom has been well received by parties and can lead to considerable savings in travel time and expenses.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Disputes
    Contract, family business, complex commercial, merger and acquisition, class actions and derivative suits, securities fraud investment, accounting and legal malpractice, antitrust, unfair competition and trade practices, healthcare, cannabis, franchise, debtor-creditor, qui tam and False Claims Act, banking and finance, accounting and taxation disputes.
  • Real Estate Disputes
    Real estate purchase and sale, landlord/tenant/lease, COVID-19, partition, environmental, construction defect, boundary line, easement, ADA access disputes.
  • Corporate Governance and Business Dissolution Disputes
    Business divorce cases, corporate governance, partnership, LLC and corporate dissolution disputes.
  • Technology and IP Disputes
    Technology, trade secrets and intellectual property, e-commerce and terms of service, computer software, blockchain, ICO, cryptocurrency, e-discovery and cybersecurity, solar industry, energy and utilities disputes.
  • Employment Disputes
    Wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, race, age, sex, pregnancy, disability discrimination, wage-hour, whistleblower disputes.
  • Insurance Disputes
    Insurance coverage and business interruption, sexual assault, personal and catastrophic injury, automobile, motorcycle, and truck-trailer accident disputes.

Professional Experience​​

  • Founder, Frank Burke Mediation and Arbitration, PC (2017-present)
    Independent Arbitrator and Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association (2017-present)
    Member, National Rosters of Arbitrators, Member of Commercial, Large Complex Cases, Energy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures, Franchise and Cannabis Panels; National Roster of Commercial Mediators
  • ADR Services, Inc., San Francisco and Silicon Valley (2017-2022)
    Mediator, Arbitrator, Temporary Judge, Special Master, and Discovery Referee
  • Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, San Francisco and Silicon Valley (2014-2017)
    Business Litigation; Antitrust; Securities Enforcement & Litigation; Government Enforcement & White Collar; Intellectual Property Litigation Groups
  • Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Los Angeles (2012-2014)
    Chair of the Los Angeles Litigation Department; firmwide practice area leader of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation team; firmwide co-leader of the False Claims and Internal Investigations team
  • Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Phoenix and Los Angeles (1994-2012)
    Firmwide practice group leader; Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice; Phoenix Commercial Litigation practice group; Managing Partner of the Phoenix office
  • Partner, Streich Lang, Phoenix (1985-1993)
    Executive Committee; Compensation Committee; Strategic Planning Committee; Ethics Committee; Co-leader, Writing Skills Program; In-House NITA Trial Program and Deposition Skills Program
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Seattle (1980-1985)
    Member, Economic Crime Enforcement Unit and Liaison to SEC
  • Associate, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco (1977-1980)
  • Associate, Sherman & Howard, Denver (1975-1977)
  • Education
    J.D., Harvard Law School 1975
    A.B., Cornell University 1972 (Magna Cum Laude in Economics)
  • Bar Admissions
    State and Federal Courts in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington

Mediation & Arbitration Training

  • Mediating Online Training, (2020)
  • Mediation Training, San Francisco Superior Court (2019)
  • Mediation Training, U.S. District Court, ND California (2019)
  • Advanced Mediation, Straus Institute at Pepperdine University (2018)
  • Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (2017)
  • Annual Conference, Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern CA (2017)
  • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Spring Meeting (2017)
  • Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, AAA (2017)
  • Arbitration Award: Safe Guarding, Deciding and Writing Awards, AAA (2017)
  • Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute at Pepperdine University (2016)
  • Arbitration Case Law-Annual Update, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (2016)
  • Arbitrator Certificate Training, Bar Association of San Francisco (2016)
  • Mediation of an Employment Case with Represented and Unrepresented Litigants, State Bar of California (2016)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Mediation, Arbitration, and Commercial Litigation
  • California Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Academy Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California Chapter for Mediation and Arbitration
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
  • Certified Online Mediator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Section of Real Property and Business Law
  • The International Council for Online Dispute Resolution
  • California Arbitration,


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San Francisco, CA 94105

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