James L. Burke, Of Counsel


James L. Burke, an attorney in Quarles and Brady's Phoenix office, is a seasoned litigator who concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense and governmental investigations in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Burke is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona, serving as lead counsel in numerous criminal investigations and jury trials.

Mr. Burke concentrates his practice on high profile and complex litigation, internal investigations and white collar criminal defense. He has successfully defended corporations and individuals who were the subject of state and federal investigations. He offers clients significant experience directing internal investigations and trying complex cases, and represents clients in criminal investigations before the Department of Justice as well as other federal government agencies.

During his 12 year tenure at the United States Attorney's office, Mr. Burke worked in the Organized Crime and Gang and White Collar Crime Sections. In these roles, he oversaw and prosecuted cases related to organized crime, drug syndicates, financial crimes, securities fraud, and intellectual property crimes. Prior to that, Mr. Burke was a county prosecutor in Seattle, Washington where he tried over 100 jury cases taken to verdict. Mr. Burke has also appeared before the Ninth Circuit on numerous occasions.

Some of James's significant cases are listed below:

  • Representation of pharmaceutical company indicted by federal government for distribution of human growth hormone (HGH) drug.
  • Defense of officer of college football bowl committee indicted for campaign contributions to state and federal political candidates.
  • Representation of financial institution in $8 million property dispute.
  • Defense of company related to computer intrusion investigation.
  • Representation of companies relating to FTC allegations of running pyramid schemes.
  • Defense of firearms company pertaining to ATF investigation.
  • Defense of various professional athletes.
  • Representation of physician on charges brought by US attorney for over-prescribing narcotics.
  • Defense of company related to violation of civil rights allegation levied by Office of Civil Rights.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Kansas (B.S., high distinction, 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1987

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)