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Kevin C. Burke

Direct Number: (502) 709-9990
Kevin Burke E-Mail: kevin@burkeneal.com

Kevin C. Burke is a founding member of Burke Neal PLLC. Before he co-founded the firm with fellow attorney, Jamie Neal, Kevin maintained a solo appellate practice for sixteen years. Kevin also tried and litigated civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts, and represented individuals, businesses, professionals, and non-profit organizations before regulatory agencies. Kevin’s experience as a criminal defense attorney spans minor offenses to murder charges. His experience as a civil litigator includes complex litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance and contract disputes, constitutional issues, class actions, family law, administrative law, business and employment litigation, and professional negligence.

Kevin currently focuses his practice on appellate litigation and strategic legal counseling. As an appellate attorney, Kevin's body of work includes hundreds of appeals in state and federal appellate courts. Kevin has argued on behalf of appellants, appellees, and amici curiae (“friends of the court”) resulting in numerous precedent-setting opinions, including over thirty published opinions from the Kentucky Supreme Court alone.

Kevin is honored that other Kentucky attorneys, especially trial attorneys and solo and small firm practitioners, hire him to address complex legal issues, briefing, and strategy at all stages of their cases, from case intake to appeal. Individuals and businesses also turn to Kevin for early legal guidance especially in large loss, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death cases.

WHAT OTHERS SAY:


Martindale-Hubbell is the oldest lawyer rating service in the United States based on reviews from practicing lawyers and judges. The following are reviews from other attorneys received during the rating process, resulting in an AV-Preeminent® designation, the highest possible rating:

“Kevin is the lawyer’s lawyer. Sharp analytical mind. Can't say enough good.”

“Kevin Burke is an excellent attorney with the highest degree of intellectual ability. His analytical talent and work ethic are second to none.”

“Kevin Burke has an excellent grasp of Kentucky law and appellate practice. One of the best appellate attorneys in Kentucky, especially outside of the large defense firms.”

“A very fine lawyer. I would highly recommend him to anyone with an appeal.”

“If there is a civil appellate issue in Kentucky, the conversation begins and ends with Kevin Burke. Great legal mind!”

For a complete list of reviews, click here.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Designation.
    Highest possible national ranking in appellate practice, personal injury, and litigation.
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®.
    Highest possible national ranking in appellate practice by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Selected for inclusion as Kentucky Super Lawyer®.
    Highest possible ranking in appellate practice by Thomson-Reuters.
  • Louisville Magazine, “Top Lawyer” Rating.
    Selected as a “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine every year the magazine surveyed the Louisville legal community since 2012. Kevin is the only solo practitioner listed for appeals/appellate practice in the 2014 edition.
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award, Kentucky Bar Association.
    Awarded by the Kentucky Bar Association to a single attorney in recognition of a record of exceptional and dedicated civic service, community involvement, and legal accomplishment. Kevin received the award in 2013.
  • Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award, Kentucky Justice Association.
    Awarded by the state trial lawyers association to a board member for his or her dedication and devotion to the principles and ideals of justice. Kevin received the award twice, in 2010 and 2012.

PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE AND MEMBERSHIPS


  • Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee, Kentucky Justice Association
  • Director and Fellow, Louisville Bar Foundation
  • District Vice President, Kentucky Justice Association
  • Elected Board Member/Governor, Kentucky Justice Association
  • Guest Speaker, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
  • Guest Speaker, Jefferson County Public Schools Career Day (Tully Elementary and Audubon Traditional Elementary)
  • Judge, American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Life Member, Kentucky Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Member, Kentucky Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee
  • Member, Louisville Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member, Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Mentor and Co-Founder, Kentucky Foundation for Justice
  • Volunteer, Boys and Girls Club
  • Volunteer, Jacob Elementary Truancy Prevention Program
  • Volunteer, Junior Achievement
  • Volunteer, Kentucky State Fair Trial by Jury

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS


  • "Issues and Trends in State Law Immunity," Kentucky Justice Association, Annual Convention, Judges' Seminar (September 2018)
  • "ABC's of Appellate Practice," The Louisville Group Annual Las Vegas Seminar (June 2018)
  • "Personal Injury," The Louisville Group Annual Las Vegas Seminar (June 2018)
  • "Introduction to Appellate Practice," Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Basic Legal Skills Class (February 2018)
  • "History of the Collateral Source Rule," National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives, Annual Leah S. Guerry Governmental Affairs Conference (November 2017)
  • "History of the Kentucky Constitution," Kentucky Justice Association, Annual Convention, Judges' Seminar (September 2017)
  • "Making the Case for Loss of Parental Consortium in Non-Death Cases," Kentucky Justice Association, The Advocate (November/December 2016)
  • "Arbitration in Kentucky: Past, Present, and Future," Kentucky Justice Association, Annual Convention, Judges' Seminar (September 2016)
  • "How to Win at the End: Kentucky Appellate Practice," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (June 2016)
  • "Ex Parte Communications, Practical Considerations," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (November 2015)
  • "Nursing Home Arbitration Case Law Update," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (April 2015)
  • "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005," SeminarWeb and Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (March 2014)
  • "Immunity Challenge: Is Your Case a Survivor?" Kentucky Justice Association, Annual Convention (September 2013)
  • "Shedding Light on Peer Review Privilege," American Association for Justice, Trial Magazine (June 2013)
  • "Kentucky Appellate Practice," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (June 2012)
  • "Release and Indemnity," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (March 2012)
  • "Please Sign Here, Here, Here, and Here…," Kentucky Justice Association, The Advocate (January/February 2012)
  • "Loss of Consortium," Kentucky Bar Association, Annual Convention (June 2010)
  • "Loss of Consortium," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (April 2010)
  • "Martin v. Ohio County Hospital Corporation and Loss of Consortium," Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar (November 2009)
  • "Cases for the New Lawyer: Choose Wisely or Perish," Louisville Bar Association, Bar Briefs (December 2000)
  • "Old Chief v. United States: U.S. Supreme Court Limits Admissibility of Criminal Defendants’ Prior Convictions," Louisville Bar Association, Bar Briefs (June 1997)

EDUCATION


  • University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (1994)
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Juris Doctorate (1997)

PAST EMPLOYMENT


  • Law Clerk, Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Law Offices (1995-1997)
  • Attorney, Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Law Offices (1998-1999)
  • Attorney/Owner, Kevin C. Burke Law Office (1999-2015)
  • Founding Member, Burke Neal PLLC (2016-present)

COURT ADMISSIONS:


  • Kentucky State and Federal District Courts (1998)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2001)
  • Supreme Court of the United States (2008)