Colin Burke, a native Philadelphian and son of a union leader, represents workers and their families in legal matters involving serious injuries suffered in the workplace. In addition, he represents people injured in auto and trucking accidents, medical malpractice, dram shop, and premise liability actions.
Most recently, 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)
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.
Burke previously worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., with the International Union of Painter’s and Allied Trades, the union with which his father later became the business manager of Glazier’s Local 252.
After working for the union, Burke decided to attend law school and enrolled in Widener University School of Law. He earned his degree in just two and a half years while working three different jobs – including as a bartender -- to help pay a tuition which, he notes, he is still paying off.
Burke earned his undergraduate degree from Catholic University of America, where he earned the 2002-2003 Men’s Soccer Senior Achievement Award as well as athlete academic awards.
Burke is a member of the Brehon Law Society and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer’s Association. He was elected by his peers to a three-year term on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyer Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and in 2017 he received the organization's Craig M. Perry Service Award given to attorneys 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 and the Alumni Board of his alma mater, Archbishop Ryan High School. Recently, Burke was named to the “40 Under 40” by the Irish Legal, a peer-recognition publication focused on Irish American Lawyers.
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