Michael Kerry Burke



  • Burke & Associates

  • Kinsella Boesch Fujikawa & Towle (prestigious boutique litigation firm)

  • Morrison & Foerster (top 10 international law firm)

  • United States Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and US District Court (CD Cal)

  • RAND Corporation (nationally known think tank) 



  • UCLA School of Law

    • UCLA Law Review (prestigious journal of scholarly legal articles)

    • Roscoe Pound Moot Court Honors Society (oral argument competition)

    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing and Research

    • Research Assistant (Prof. Steven Shiffrin, Constitutional law)

    • Greenberg Scholar


Relevant Litigation

  • Tried numerous cases for State Farm Insurance in nation's largest employment discrimination class actions

  • Defended Northrop Grumman in dispute with the Royal Canadian Air Force

  • Handled extensive nationwide litigation involving Girls Gone Wild

  • Managed employment and consumer class actions to favorable outcomes

  • Represented international cosmetics company in antitrust action  

  • Negotiated white collar plea agreements with the US Department of Justice

  • Handled law firm dissolutions and partnership disputes for numerous Los Angeles law firms

  • Represented child actor in suit against his parents for mismanagement of assets

  • Represented bondholders in Charles Keating/Lincoln Savings & Loan securities fraud cases

  • Represented commercial art dealers in greymarket copyright disputes

  • Prevailed in constitutional cases challenging tax law changes and imposing limits on punitive damages 

  • Represent broad range of clients in employment, unfair competition and commercial litigation matters 

  • Represent media broadcasters and corporate entities in free speech, court access and defamation cases


Business Matters 

  • Negotiate supply chain agreements, vendor agreements and distribution agreements

  • Negotiated acquisition terms of media company

  • Conduct due diligence for corporate acquisitions for clients and Private Equity firms 

  • Negotiate real estate acquisitions and commercial lease agreements

  • Advise medical professionals and surgical centers (represented the plastic surgeons on ABC's "Extreme Makeover")

  • Represented equity partners in large marina resort development

  • Represented hotel operator in real estate acquisitions 

  • Negotiated with World Bank for financing of hotel and living compound for NGO aid workers in Haiti

  • Negotiated technology transfer licenses with Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories   

  • Represented solar power companies in acquisition of utility level solar power projects 

  • Represent entertainment production companies in corporate and content acquisition matters 


General Counsel Experience 

  • General Counsel for companies in food manufacturing and distribution, entertainment production and media, health and beauty products, and real estate development 

  • Outside general counsel for entertainment content producer, defense industry technology licensing, media companies, alternative energy production, biotechnology and real estate development  


What Can I Do For You?

4000 MacArthur Boulevard 

Suite 600 East Tower

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tel:  (310) 801-7768


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