Michael K. Burke


Of Counsel

Legal Education: UCLA School of Law 

 Experience: Michael has extensive experience in both courtrooms and in boardrooms. He has litigated and tried cases in 11 states; he has briefed cases to the US Supreme Court and California Supreme Court; and he has briefed and argued cases before 5 of the federal circuit courts of appeal.  Michael has substantial experience in employment matters, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and business fraud, media law and defamation, and health care issues. He has defended clients in class actions to favorable outcomes, and handled law firm dissolutions for numerous Los Angeles law firms. Michael is regularly consulted by other lawyers and law firms on legal strategy and ethics matters, and he is a speaker to both professional and industry forums on developments in the legal landscape. 

 Background: Michael was selected for judicial clerkships on the United States District Court (Central District California) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, before joining Morrison & Foerster (top 10 international law firm) and Kinsella Boesch (Los Angeles boutique litigation firm).  He has served as General Counsel to companies in consumer retail, food manufacturing, education, media and entertainment, solar power utilities, and real estate development. Michael has extensive experience negotiating positive outcomes with both state and federal agencies, including the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Michael was a policy analyst and consultant at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, a nonpartisan global policy think tank. 

Education: Michael attended the UCLA School of Law, where he was selected for the UCLA Law Review (journal of scholarly legal articles) and was a member of the Roscoe Pound Moot Court Honors Society (oral argument competition).  Michael was a Research Assistant (Prof. Steven Shiffrin, Constitutional Law) and a Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing and Research. Michael was selected as the Greenberg Scholar at UCLA.  Michael also attended the University of Virginia Darden School of Business (business strategy), Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management (business management) and University of Illinois (cognitive psychology). 

 Outside Interests: Michael has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards of directors and advisory boards. Michael is currently serving on UCLA’s Center for Autism Research and Development (CART), UC-Irvine’s Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAND), the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and In STEPPS Academy.  

On the personal front, Michael is the father of two special needs children, and is a passionate advocate for advancing research and clinical treatments for those on the autism spectrum.