Sean M. Burke

Sean M. Burke
Firm: Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, A Professional Corporation
Address: 9210 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949-644-3434
Fax: 949-644-3433
E-mail: Contact Us
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Lawyer Profile:

Sean M. Burke grew up in West Los Angeles and graduated from Loyola High School in 1971. Mr. Burke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1976. He graduated from USC Law School and USC Business School in 1981, with a combined JD/MBA degree. He was awarded highest honors for receiving the top grade in his second-year Torts class.

Mr. Burke has been an attorney for over 30 years, having passed the bar exam on his first attempt in 1981. He became a trial lawyer in 1985, specializing in the representation of plaintiffs. He holds an AV rating - Very High to Preeminent - from Martindale-Hubbell, a nationally recognized rating firm. He was also named Orange County Trial Lawyer Association's (OCTLA) Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2005 and 2009.

Mr. Burke's work has been published in the Litigation Section Bulletin of the California Bar Association. Additionally, he has been lecturing at attorneys' continuing-education seminars on medical malpractice and other litigation issues for over 10 years.

From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Burke practiced in the area of business law and venture capital. In 1985, he joined a firm in Long Beach, California that eventually became Thielen and Burke. The firm specialized in catastrophic personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury cases. Mr. Burke obtained one of the highest jury verdicts in California in the area of negligent security when he won $1 million for a Marine Corps soldier who was shot in a fast food restaurant. Mr. Burke has obtained more than over $80 million for his clients since 1990.

In 1998, Sean Burke's partner, Joseph Thielen, retired from the practice of law, and Mr. Burke formed his own firm, the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke. In 1999, Mr. Burke moved the office to its current location in Newport Beach, California.

The location of the office allows our firm to serve clients from Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and elsewhere in Southern California. From our Newport Beach location, personal injury lawyer Sean M. Burke represents people seriously injured in automobile or other accidents, those who suffer injuries as a result of negligent medical or hospital care, elderly people who are neglected or abused, children or infants who suffer birth injuries from medical errors, and people or companies treated unfairly by insurance companies.

For his service and his accomplishments, Mr. Burke has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer for eight consecutive years. The publishers of Los Angeles Times Magazine conducted the poll of more than 65,000 lawyers.

Mr. Burke currently lives in Corona del Mar, California with his wife and three wonderful children.

The Law Offices of Sean M. Burke serve all of Southern California, including the Inland Empire, Orange County, and Los Angeles. If you need a personal injury, product liability or medical malpractice lawyer, contact Sean M. Burke today.

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
Elder Abuse
Nursing Home Law
Bar Admissions:
California, 1981
U.S. Federal Court, 1987
University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California, 1981
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1976
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: magna cum laude

University of Southern California Business School, 1981

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Medical Malpractice and Other Litigation Issues

Honors and Awards:
Highest Honors, The Top Grade in his Second-Year Torts Class

Southern California Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Trial Lawyers Association

Consumer Attorneys of California

Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles County

Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Orange County Bar Association

Long Beach Bar Association

Orange County Trial Lawyer Association's (OCTLA), 1997 - 2001
Board of Directors

Long Beach Bar Association, 1995 - 2001
Chairman, Courts Committee

Long Beach Bar Association, 1989 - 1995
Member, Scholarship Committee

Long Beach Bar Association, 1986 - 1987
Board of Governors

Long Beach Barristers, 1987

California Bar Association, Litigation Section

Past Employment Positions:
Joseph Thielen, Partner, 1998

Phi Delta Theta
Birth Information:
1953, Santa Monica, California, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Elder Law, Litigation & Appeals, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury, Products Liability

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