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The Utah State Bar has named Paul C. Burke, the Firm’s general counsel, as the 2019 Lawyer of the Year.  Upon news of this honor, the Firm’s Managing Partner, Arthur B. Berger said, “Paul is deserving of this significant award in every respect.  We are proud to call him our colleague and partner.”  Mr. Burke becomes the third RQN recipient over the award’s 48 year history, following in the footsteps of Stephen B. Nebeker and James S. Jardine.

Mr. Burke will formally accept the award on July 20th at the Utah State Bar’s Summer Convention.  The Lawyer of the Year Award is presented to a Utah State Bar member who, over a long and distinguished legal career, has by his or her ethical and personal conduct, commitment and activities, exemplified for their fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism; and who has also rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the Utah State Bar.

The Utah State Bar previously recognized Mr. Burke in 2012 as the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” for his service to the public and the legal community.  Mr. Burke has provided pro bono services to a wide variety of community organizations and has advocated on behalf of military families, LGBT families, religious minorities, Dreamers, cyclists, and crime victims. 

When asked about receiving the Lawyer of the Year award, Mr. Burke said, “Practicing law requires teamwork and no lawyer at Ray Quinney & Nebeker practices alone.  All of the work cited to justify this recognition was done with the support of the Firm and significant contributions from many present and past RQN lawyers, paralegals, and staff.  I am grateful that the Firm has provided and afforded me opportunities to be involved with interesting, challenging, and meaningful cases on behalf of our clientele.  I am thankful for the many mentors, partners, colleagues, clients, and friends who have enriched my life and shaped my career.” 

Mr. Burke maintains a broad 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.  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.