Colin Burke, a native Philadelphian, represents workers and their families in legal matters involving serious injuries suffered in the workplace, medical malpractice, auto and trucking accidents, dram shop, and premise liability actions.
Before joining Kline & Specter, Burke worked for several years at a law firm that represented union members in a range of litigation, from criminal defense to family law to labor and employment issues. He spent the previous five years with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, his most recent stint with the Major Trial Division, where he was the sole prosecutor in 20 major felony jury trials involving cases of attempted murder, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and drug and weapons offenses. Burke’s earlier caseload included hundreds of matters, among them felony offenses and crimes committed by juveniles.
Since joining Kline & Specter, P.C. in February 2015, Burke has amassed millions in compensation for his clients. In March 2017, Burke was co-counsel in a highly publicized Philadelphia case that resulted in an $11 million jury verdict against the Devereux Foundation for a man who was shot and severely injured by a teenager who escaped from its juvenile behavioral rehabilitation facility in Glenmoore, Pa. (Read news articles 1, 2, 3).
Other notable results include:
- Co-counsel for a $4.5 million dollar settlement on behalf of the family of a union worker killed on the job. (May 2017)
- Lead counsel for mid-trial settlement for $3 million dollars on behalf of a woman assaulted in a downtown garage. (October 2017).
- Co-counsel for $5.5 million dollar medical malpractice arbitration award for man left with permanent eye injury following sinus surgery. (November 2017)
- Lead counsel for a $1 million dollar settlement on behalf of a toddler seriously injured at daycare. (January 2018)
- Co-counsel for $3.4 million dollar settlement for woman seriously injured due to negligent security. (April 2018)
- Lead counsel for a $1.65 million dollar settlement, following jury selection, on behalf of a woman injured in a car accident. (June 2019)
- Co-Counsel for a confidential multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of the family of a union construction worker killed on a jobsite. (September 2019).
Burke is a member of the Brehon Law Society and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer’s Association. He is former member of the Executive Board of the Young Lawyer Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association following an election by his peers. In 2017 he received the organization's Craig M. Perry Service Award given to an attorney who have devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including pro bono and charity work. Burke also serves on the Board of Directors of his alma mater, Archbishop Ryan High School.
Burke lives with his wife and son, Colin Jr., in Northeast Philadelphia.
Colin Burke In The News:
$11 million awarded in verdict against Devereux, The Phoenix Reporter & Item, 3/21/17
$11M Awarded to Man Shot by Escaped Devereux Patient, The Legal Intelligencer, 3/17/17
Jury awards $11 million to W. Philly man shot by Devereux escapee, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/17/17
School worker in boiler explosion dies of his injuries, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/20/16