For 40 years, Jim Burke has helped clients develop sound litigation strategies and execute on those strategies successfully to resolve corporate disputes.  Jim’s practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, including both trial and appellate practice, in state and federal court. He has handled cases before courts in Ohio, Kentucky, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado and Delaware. He has significant experience in financial and transactional cases, commercial matters, class and derivative actions and actions arising under the federal securities laws. In 1997, Jim was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, membership in which is extended by invitation only to "experienced trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose career has been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism and civility."

Professional and Community Involvement

American Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association, Mid-Term Judicial Evaluation Committee

Federal Bar Association

United States District Court for Southern District of Ohio, Mediator

National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor and Cincinnati Steering Committee Member

Ohio State Bar Association

Supreme Court of Ohio, Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 1994-1995

Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Board of Trustees, 2006-2012

Awards & Recognition

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2021

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year," 2012, 2014, 2020

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year," 2018

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers’ Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year," 2011, 2013, 2015

Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2004-2020

American College of Trial Lawyers

American Board of Trial Advocates

Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2020; Named one of the Top 5 lawyers in Cincinnati, 2012. 2018-2020; Named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Ohio, 2008-2010, 2018-2020; Named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Ohio; 2007-2013, 2017, 2019, 2020, and one of the Top 50 lawyers in Cincinnati, 2005-2020

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers, 2009-2020

Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXVIII

Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, Barrister

  • Chambers 2020 Jim Burke
  • Best Lawyers (Don't Delete)
  • Best Lawyers - JEB 2020
  • Super Lawyers (Don't Delete)
  • Cincy Leading Lawyers

News & Resources

Speaking Engagements


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1978, magna cum laude, University of Cincinnati Law Review, Editorial Board, 1976-1978, Order of the Coif

B.A., Yale University, 1975

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