Frank Burke, Esq.



  • A.B., Cornell University 1972 (Magna Cum Laude in Economics)
  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1975

Bar Admissions:

  • State and Federal Courts in Arizona,
  • California, Colorado and Washington

Areas Of Practice:

After forty two years representing clients as a business trial lawyer, Mr. Burke has extensive experience in the following areas. He is now a full-time neutral, focusing on assisting parties in resolving their disputes more quickly and less expensively through mediation and arbitration. He has had significant experience in both mediations and arbitrations and as an arbitrator.

Mr. Burke is available throughout California and Arizona.

  • Contract disputes
  • Business vendor disputes
  • Merger and acquisition disputes
  • Family business disputes
  • Business divorces
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Sale of business disputes
  • Class actions and derivative suits
  • Investor securities fraud disputes
  • Antitrust, unfair competition and trade practices disputes
  • Accounting and legal malpractice disputes
  • Personal and catastrophic injury disputes
  • Technology, trade secrets and intellectual property disputes
  • Partnership disputes and dissolutions
  • Real estate disputes
  • Landlord/tenant lease disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Financial services disputes
  • Qui tam and False Claims Act disputes
  • Debtor-Creditor disputes
  • Environmental disputes
  • Construction defect disputes
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Automobile, motorcycle and truck-trailer collision disputes

Mediation and Arbitration Training:

  • Mediating the Litigated Case, Pepperdine Law School August 1-6, 2016
  • Arbitration Case Law-Annual Update ABA Section of Dispute Resolution September 27, 2016
  • Arbitrator Certificate Training, Bar Association of San Francisco November 5, 12 and 19, 2016
  • Mediation of an Employment Case with Represented and Unrepresented Litigants, State Bar of California November 25, 2016
  • Annual Conference 2017, Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern CA March 25-26, 2017
  • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Meeting April 20, 2017
  • Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, October 19-20, 2017

Honors and Recognition:

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2007-present Commercial Litigation
  • Arizona and California Super Lawyers 2007-present Securities Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution (current)
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers 2007-2012 General Commercial Litigation
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating

Professional Experience:

  • Frank Burke Mediation, San Francisco and Silicon Valley (May2017-present)
    Mediation, Arbitration, Temporary Judge, Special Master and Discovery Referee
  • Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, San Francisco and Silicon Valley (January 2014-April 2017)
    Member, Business Litigation, Antitrust, Securities Enforcement & Litigation, Government Enforcement & White Collar and Intellectual Property Litigation Groups
  • Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Los Angeles, (January 2012-January 2014)
    Chair of the Los Angeles Litigation Department, Firm wide Practice Area Leader of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Team and Firm wide Co-Leader of the False Claims and Internal Investigations Team
  • Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Phoenix and Los Angeles (January 1994 – January 2012).
    Firm wide Practice Group Leader, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice and Phoenix Commercial Litigation Practice Groups and Managing Partner of the Phoenix Office
  •  Partner, Streich Lang, Phoenix (April 1985 – December 1993).
    Executive Committee, Compensation Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and  Ethics Committee, Co-leader, Writing Skills Program and participant, In-house NITA Trial Program and Deposition Skills Program
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Seattle (December 1980 – November 1985).
     Member, Economic Crime Enforcement Unit and liaison to SEC
  • Associate, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco (May 1977-December 1980)
  • Associate, Sherman & Howard, Denver (August 1975-May 1977)

Professional Affiliations:

I have been active in the following organizations:

American Bar Association (1975-Present)

Section of Litigation (1980-Present)

  • Securities Litigation Committee (1986-Present), Securities Arbitration Subcommittee
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (current)
  • Corporate Counsel Committee (Former Chair)
  • CLE Committee (Former Chair)

Section of Dispute Resolution (Current)

  • Committees on Arbitration, Mediation, Intellectual Property

Antitrust Section (1977-Present)

  • Committees on Intellectual Property, Ethics and Internet

Tort and Insurance Pratice Section (1990-present)

  • Dispute Resolution Committee

Health Law Section (current)

  • ADR & Conflict Management in Health Care Committee

Business Law Section (1975-present)

  • Business and Corporate Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Business Divorce Subcommittees

Association for Conflict Resolution

  • Member, Northern California Chapter

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2008-present) 

State Bar of California

  • Litigation and Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Sections

Bar Association of San Francisco

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections

Santa Clara County Bar Association

  • Business Law & Litigation and High Technology Sections

San Mateo County Bar Association

  • ADR and Business/Business Litigation Sections

Representative Cases