Mr. Burke received his B.A. Degree in history from the George Washington University, and his J.D. Degree from the Antioch College School of Law. He served six years with the District of Columbia Army National Guard, earning an honorable discharge.
Upon his completion from law school, Mr. Burke served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julia Cooper Mack, Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Thereafter, he worked as an attorney for the Office of the Solicitor, US Department of Labor, where he assisted in the preparation and presentation of the first major administrative affected class discrimination case brought by the government against a federal contractor. The case ultimately resulted in the largest pattern and practice discrimination monetary settlement paid by a major corporation. He also successfully defended before the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit the Secretary of Laborís discretion to decline enforcement actions against federal contractors in certain cases arising under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Mr. Burke next worked as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justiceís Organized Crime & Racketeering Section, where his experience included supervising and serving as lead trial counsel in an investigation commenced by the Brooklyn, New York, Federal Organized Crime Strike Force into allegation of criminal activity on the part of waterfront industry related unions, companies and organized crime elements. The trials resulted in the criminal convictions of individuals on extortion and federal tax fraud.
His experience further includes prosecuting public officials in Providence, Rhode Island, assisting the Cleveland, Ohio, Organized Crime Strike Force in post-trial motions and arguing the governmentís positionon appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a case involving the contract murder of a Chicago, Illinois businessman.
Mr. Burke subsequently served as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia, and in the Southern District of Alabama. His experience collectively included prosecuting serious violent crimes, advance fee telemarketing fraud, murder cases brought by the government in the District of Columbia, public corruption, possession and distribution of controlled substances, embezzlement and bribery schemes.
In addition, he served as the back-up press spokesperson for the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and represented the Department of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria in training prosecutors and investigators assigned to Nigeriaís Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Crimes Commission.