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Michael J. Burke’s practice is focused on land use development, redevelopment, environmental regulation, historic preservation and related litigation. Mr. Burke has successfully represented developers throughout the planning and entitlement process for urban high-rise, suburban and coastal zone, office, residential, golf-course, hotel, commercial/retail and industrial projects and has prevailed in trial and appellate court litigation involving land use, Coastal Act, environmental and historic preservation challenges to these projects. He often serves as an expert witness in land use matters for private developers and local governments.
Michael J. Burke was co-founder and former Managing Director of Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson before joining SSL in 2010. From 1970 to 1976, Mr. Burke was associated with the San Francisco firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, specializing in complex litigation including real estate, antitrust and securities fraud class actions.
Undergraduate School: Brown University, magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)
Law School: Harvard Law School, cum laude
Acquisitions, Sales and Exchanges; Expert Testimony; Land Use, Entitlements and CEQA; Leasing (space and ground); Private Capital and Personal Real Property Services; Public/Private Partnerships; Real Estate and Land Use Litigation