THE BURKE LAW FIRM, P.C. - Denver Litigation and Appeals Lawyer

Thomas J. Burke, Jr.

Trinity Place
1801 Broadway
Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-952-0640
Toll Free: 888-331-9277
Fax: 303-292-3661
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Thomas J. Burke Jr.

Thomas J. Burke Jr.

Denver, Colorado

Tom's practice concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, transportation, employment and civil rights litigation, and litigation-related real estate work. Tom has long appeared before the various local and regional trial and appellate courts including the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and nearly all of the Colorado state and federal agencies.

Tom also serves regularly on the National Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, Inc. and International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Inc, where he has acted as sole arbitrator, panel arbitrator and chairperson in numerous domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings in the areas of transportation, employment and real estate law in Colorado, New York and Texas, involving claims of over 15 million.


Tom has extensive experience before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the United States Surface Transportation Board, the United States Board of Contract Appeals, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Colorado Division of Civil Rights of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

Significant Representations

  • Representing two Texas-based dealers for a Fortune 500 satellite telecommunications provider, Tom recovered unpaid commissions and attorneys fees of approximately $1,000,000 as the result of a two week arbitration proceeding before the American Arbitration Association in Denver.
  • Tom successfully obtained a permanent injunction in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado preventing a state regulatory agency's attempt to regulate and sanction against doing business under preemptive provisions of federal law. Tom also obtained a declaratory judgment holding the state agency's related enforcement proceeding to be beyond its jurisdiction. In addition to injunctive and declaratory relief directed to the state agency, Tom also secured an award of state-paid attorneys' fees and costs of $175,000.
  • Tom successfully challenged a will under which a mother had mistakenly provided only a life estate in valuable real estate when she had clearly indicated to third persons that she intended to leave the property to her son outright. After a thirteen-month legal challenge, Tom was able to settle the son's dispute with the personal representatives.  The son is achieving ownership of real property valued at over $1,000,000.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • International Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Securities Law
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Transportation Law

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1970
    • Law Journal: Denver Law Journal, Staff Member , 1968 - 1969
    • Law Journal: Denver Law Journal, Board of Editors, 1969 - 1970
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1964

Honors and Awards

  • Designated by 5280 Magazine as a Superlawyer and Corporate Counsel in the Area of Business Litigation
  • AV Rated -Preeminent Attorney by Martindale Hubble

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, 1970
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, 1972
  • Association of Transportation Practitioners, 1970: Chapter President, 1988 - 1989
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians, Michael Collins Division, Denver, Colorado, Division President, 1988-1989 : Hiberian of the Year 2005
  • Lawyers Alliance for Justice in Ireland, Inc., Rocky Mountain Coordinator
  • Democratic Leadership Council
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild, Board of Directors, 2005 - Present; President 2010 - 2011
  • Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., Board Member 1985 - 1998; Co-Chair, 1991 - 1995
  • Colorado United Irish Societies, Inc., Member, Board of Directors and General Counsel, 1991 - 2002
  • National Panel of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Panelist
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Denver Athletic Club
  • The Cactus Club
  • Conference of Freight Counsel

Past Employment Positions

  • Jones & Keller, P.C., Associate Attorney, 1970 - 1974
  • Jones & Keller, P.C., Partner and Shareholder, 1975 - 2010

The Burke Law Firm, P.C., represents clients throughout the Denver metro area and in Colorado communities that are west of the Mississippi, including Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Broomfield, Boulder and the following counties: Denver County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Broomfield County, Pitkin County, Eagle County, Summit County, Boulder County, Grand Junction County, Mesa County and Pueblo County.