Sean Burke

Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, A.P.C.
9210 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

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 almost 25 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.

Mr. Burke is a long-standing member of the following organizations:

    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

He has also served in the following positions:

    Board of Directors of OCTLA, 1997 to 2001
    Chairman of the Courts Committee for the Long Beach Bar Association, 1995 to 2001
    Member of the Scholarship Committee of the Long Beach Bar Association, 1989 to1995
    Board of Governors of the Long Beach Bar Association, 1986 to 1987
    President of the Long Beach Barristers, 1987


    ABOTA - The American Board of Trial Advocates – I was admitted to ABOTA in 2009. ABOTA is a national group of trial lawyers, plaintiff and defense. One has to be nominated and accepted into the organization and has to be an experienced trial lawyer.
    Trial Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice awarded by the Orange County Trial Lawyers for 2009. Second time I have received this award; first awarded in 2005.
    I was named to Best Lawyers in America in 2009.
    I was named a Superlawyer again for the Sixth Straight year – 2005 – 2010.
    I was named to the Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County by Superlawyers; this is the second time, the first was in 2007.
    I was named to the Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers in Orange County by AVVO and OC Metro Magazine.
    I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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 $40 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.

Mr. Burke has been named a Southern California Superlawyer by Los Angeles Magazine for four years running (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and was named to the Top 50 Southern California lawyers, Orange County, for 2007, based on a survey conducted among 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 lawyer, contact Sean M. Burke today.