John is a supporter and advocate for utilizing the Collaborative Law process for divorces. While this process is not appropriate in all situations, he has found that it most often results in a resolution that both parties feel is a fair and balanced resolution of the legal issues. The nature of the process very often results in lower stress for the spouses, and permits there to be a true focus on the best interests of the children.
The Collaborative Law process provides a confidential and interest focused solution that addresses the specific needs of the divorcing couple, and does so in a respectful, non-adversarial manner. To learn more about collaborative law, please go to the firm's website: www.BurkeLG.com.
John has been concentrating on collaborative divorces since he first sought out the training on Collaborative Law at the beginning of 2006. Since then, he has represented nearly 50 clients as they went through the collaborative divorce process. John has also augmented his initial 52 hours of collaborative law training with approximately 100 hours of additional advanced collaborative practice training presented in state and national training venues including Tacoma, Chicago, San Diego, Minneapolis, and Montreal Canada.
Something unique about John is that he brings an extensive mix of past experience to his law practice. Prior to attending law school at Gonzaga, John had a successful business management career in both banking and marketing companies, and also served the country as an Air Force officer for four years immediately after earning his bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota.
John and his wife have 8 children and 10 grandchildren. He has volunteered for various youth groups, including the Boy Scouts in various positions such as Scout Master and 5 years as a Junior Achievement Advisor. He is an avid outdoorsman and do-it-yourselfer. He loves virtually all watersports, including scuba diving. He (or more accurately his wife) currently owns six horses. For new challenges, John earned his private pilot certificate in 2006.
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John has a thorough understanding of Washington family law and is an excellent Collaborative Lawyer—a conscientious and ethical individual with a solid moral compass. John always does a great job for his client even in difficult circumstances.
David Lohman Divorce & Separation Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. JOhn is an excellant attorney who brings a calm demeanor and practicality to each case. He is a pleasure to work with and clients seem to be very happy with the work he does on their behalf.
Karen Vache Divorce & Separation Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2013 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2014|
|2012 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2013|
|SCBA VLP Outstanding Law Firm of the Year||Spokane County Bar Assocaition||2010|
|Managing Member||Burke Law Group, PLLC||2005 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Reed & Giesa, PS||2002 - 2005|
|Rule 9 Legal Intern||Reed & Giesa, PS||2002 - 2002|
|Rule 9 Legal Intern in Elder Law Clinic||Gonzaga University School Of Law University Legal Assistance||2001 - 2002|
|Managing Member||Tower Mountain Products LLC||1997 - 2002|
|Chief Operating Officer||North American Outdoor Group, Inc||1985 - 1995|
|Assistant Vice President||First Bank System||1977 - 1985|
|Officer||U.S. Air Force||1973 - 1977|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Collaborative Professionals of Washington||Director & Treasurer||2014 - Present|
|Collaborative Professionals of Washington (a statewide non-profit collaborative law assocation)||Director & Treasurer||2007 - 2011|
|Collaborative Professionals of Washington||Member||2007 - Present|
|Spokane County Collaborative Professionals (a county-wide non-profit collaborative law association)||Director & Treasurer||2006 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2006 - Present|
|State-wide steering committee on Collaborative Law||Committee member representing Eastern Washington||2005 - 2007|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Spokane County Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Spokane Journal of Business||Collaborative Law Emerging Practice Area Here||2014|
|Calendar Call, publication of Spokane County Bar Association||Collaborative Law Has Arrived||2013|
|In Touch: Newsletter of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington (a Collaborative Law statewide association)||"Rubber Meets the Road" Time||2010|
|In Touch: Newletter of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington (a Collaborative Law statewide association)||Yes, Membership Has Its Privileges||2009|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)||2002|
|University of Minnesota College of Business Administration||Business||BS - Bachelor of Science||1973|
|SCBA Solo & Small Practice Section CLE||Introduction to Collaborative Law and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act||2013|
|Hearing on SHB 1116 (UCLA)||Uniform Collaborative Law Act||2013|
|Collaborative Law CLE||The Ethics of Collaborative Law||2013|
|Introduction to Collaborative Law presented to mental health professionals||Who is right for a Collaborative Law Divorce||2010|
|FPA Spokane Chapter Membership Meeting||Introduction to Collaborative Law for Divorce||2009|
|CLE on Collaborative Law||Ethical Considerations for Collaborative Law Practice||2008|
|Family Preparedness||Importance of Estate Planning||2007|