Mr. Burke is a shareholder, director, and general counsel of Ray Quinney & Nebeker. Mr. Burke maintains a broad civil litigation practice with an emphasis in the realm of labor and employment law. In his capacity as the Firm’s general counsel, Mr. Burke provides legal advice to the Firm’s management and coordinates the Firm’s legal affairs. He also advises other law firms on professional ethics and risk management, and he defends lawyers accused of ethical misconduct or malpractice.
Mr. Burke has served public and private clients, both large and small. He has represented the State of Utah as well as its Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Mr. Burke has also represented political subdivisions and special districts of the State of Utah. He has represented educational institutions including the state’s flagship universities. He has represented several municipalities, and provided service as a city attorney. In the private sector, Mr. Burke has provided representation for some of the state’s largest and fastest-growing companies.
Mr. Burke has appeared as an appellate advocate before both administrative and judicial bodies. Mr. Burke has argued before the Utah Supreme Court and represented clients at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served for more than a decade as a member and currently chairs the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure.
In 2012, the Utah State Bar recognized Mr. Burke as the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” for his service to the public and the legal community. Mr. Burke has also been recognized as a “Utah Hero” for his public advocacy on behalf of Utah’s LGBT citizens. Mr. Burke has also advocated on behalf of military families, religious minorities, cyclists, and crime victims. His work defending the rights of an abused lesbian teenager was chronicled in the book “Saving Alex.” Mr. Burke has also provided pro bono services to community organizations such as the Utah Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. He was inducted into the Utah Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 2016.
Mr. Burke first joined the Firm as a law clerk in 1995. He became an associate attorney in 1997, was elected partner in 2003, and was appointed by the Firm to serve as its general counsel in 2007. Mr. Burke maintains an AV Preeminent (4.6) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics. He has also been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2004-2009, 2014-2019).
University of Utah, J.D., 1997
College of the Holy Cross, B.A. with Honors, 1993
Mansfield College, Oxford University, Visiting Student 1991-92
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Utah State and Federal Courts
Idaho State and Federal Courts
United States Court of Appeal, 10th Circuit
United States Supreme Court