Mr. Burke is a shareholder, director, and general counsel of Ray Quinney & Nebeker. Mr. Burke maintains a complex civil litigation practice with an emphasis in the realm of labor and employment law. He also advises other law firms on professional ethics and risk management, and he defends lawyers accused of ethical misconduct or malpractice.
Mr. Burke was selected by the Utah Bar Commission as the Utah Bar’s Lawyer of the Year for 2019. Previously he was recognized in 2012 as the Utah State Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for his service to the public and the legal community. 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).
Mr. Burke has provided representation for some of the state’s largest and fastest-growing companies. In the public sector, he has represented the State of Utah and its Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Mr. Burke has also represented educational institutions including the state’s flagship universities, as well as political subdivisions and special districts of the State of Utah. He has represented several municipalities, including service as a city attorney.
Mr. Burke has appeared as an appellate advocate before both administrative and judicial bodies. He has argued before the Utah Supreme Court and represented clients at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Burke currently chairs the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure.
Mr. Burke has been involved in a wide variety of community and charitable activities, and frequently contributes columns about legal issues to the Salt Lake Tribune. He has advocated on behalf of military families, religious minorities, immigrants, cyclists, and crime victims. 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 was honored as a “Utah Hero” for his public advocacy on behalf of Utah’s LGBT citizens. His work defending the rights of an abused lesbian teenager was chronicled in the book “Saving Alex” and the recent movie “Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story.”
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.
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