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John M Burke

Personal injury Attorney at Jersey City, NJ

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 25 years
    Illinois - IL 57 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 57 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1965
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Unfortunately, car accident victims are up against the full force of the insurance company when pursuing compensation for their injuries. Although your car insurance policy is supposed to protect you when you need it most, many car accident victims are taken advantage of by the insurance company simply because they are not properly represented by an experienced personal injury attorney. Ensure you receive the full compensation you are entitled for your car accident injuries.

    27 years

  2. Civil rights
    State and federal laws protect people from discrimination and guarantee fair treatment in a number of settings. At our firm, we represent people who have experienced civil rights violations. Civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on: Age, Race, Sex, Disability, HIV status, Immigration status, National origin, Religion, Medical and psychological condition. If you believe you have experienced a violation of you should seek legal advice. Contact KBB at 201-200-0300!

    27 years

  3. Litigation

    27 years

  4. Personal injury

    27 years

  5. Slip and fall accident
    People who fall and injure themselves in any commercial or public space may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries and other costs of the accident. This area of the law, known as premises liability law, covers accidents caused by negligence and misconduct by property owners. Whether you slip on a wet floor in a supermarket or trip over a broken sidewalk damaged by tree roots, our law firm may be able to help you obtain compensation for your medical expenses&other costs of your injury.

    27 years

John is active runner and is aware of the perils that joggers and pedestrians face these days, especially as incidents of distracted drivers increase with the use of cell phone and motorists texting while driving. John was quoted in a Runner’s World Magazine article concerning runner safety. Some of John’s recent race results are below:


2001 NYC Marathon = 4:04:03
2010 New Jersey Marathon = 4:20:10
2010 Philadelphia Marathon = 3:56:29
2011 Philadelphia Marathon = 3:48:15
2012 Glen Ridge / Ashenfelter 8K = 40:29


In 2009, Mr. Burke was co-counsel with the Locks Law Firm who filed a Class Action law suit on behalf of a policyholder and a class of 21st Century standard automobile policyholders who purchased automobile liability policies with PIP medical expense coverage limits of less than $250,000. The matter was approved for final settlement on July 16, 2012 by the Hon. Jerome Simandle, USDC. As a result of this lawsuit, Defendants’ had instituted changes in their policies and practices with regard to obtaining Coverage Selection Forms from their insureds, and had taken remedial steps by reforming policies up to $250,000 in PIP coverage where PIP claims where open. Defendants changed practices regarding obtaining CSFs during renewal of existing policyholders where PIP coverage was indicated at less than $250,000. As a result of Plaintiff’s lawsuit, 21st Century reformed PIP coverage in 4,298 active policies to $250,000 (the majority which were previously set at $15,000), thereby providing approximately $1.1 billion in additional PIP coverage under such policies to New Jersey motorists In addition, regarding actual claims filed, as a result of this lawsuit, 21st Century reformed PIP coverage to $250,000 in 561 “open” claim files thereby affording such claimants over $100 million in additional potential PIP coverage for their claims.


Mr. Burke has successfully represented more than seventy homeowners in predatory lending cases against national banks, mortgage brokers and others. In some of the cases, homeowners were given false documents about the terms of their mortgages and misleading promises. Mr. Burke has pursued claims under the Federal Truth-in-Lending Act, and New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act among other laws.


Recently, Mr. Burke recovered $475,000. for the family of a prisoner who died while in custody. The family claimed that the prisoner who had serious health problems was negligently transported causing him to fall and sustain serious internal injuries. The family claimed that the law enforcement personnel denied the prisoner adequate medical care, which caused his death. The defendants denied any wrongdoing, but settled the case before trial.


Mr. Burke obtained a $750,000. settlement for a nineteen year old woman who was significantly injured in a motor vehicle accident. The young lady sustained herniated discs in her lower back and in her neck and a jaw (TMJ) injury. She underwent back surgery about two years after the accident as well as arthroscopic surgery for her jaw. The insurance carrier for the other driver contested that her injuries were related to the motor vehicle accident. The case arbitrated for the said amount which was  paid by the insurance company.


Mr. Burke settled a case for a young woman who sustained a broken ankle in a motor vehicle accident when another driver cut her off causing her to crash into a guardrail. The other driver fled the scene of the accident. The young woman was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery inserting screws and a plate in her ankle. After the accident, she developed a pulmonary embolism which required her to take blood thinner medication for about eighteen months. The driver of the other vehicle denied that he was involved in the accident and claimed that he was not even in the area at the time. His insurance company offered no money to settle the case before the lawsuit was filed and stood by their insured’s version of the accident. Our firm’s investigator tracked down a witness who saw the accident. Mr. Burke conducted a videotaped deposition of that witness thus preserving it for trial. Mr. burke then obtained EZ-Pass records of the Defendant driver which showed that he was in the area around the time of the accident. The case settled a week before trial for $247,500. which was paid by the insurance company which initially offered no money.


Mr. Burke won a jury verdict for an injured client, a United States Marshall Officer, who fell and sustained a non-displaced broken ankle while transporting a prisoner through a parking lot. We contended that the owner negligently maintained the area of the parking lot where Plaintiff fell on an uneven surface. The Plaintiff wore a cast for six weeks and then underwent physical therapy to help rehabilitate the ankle. Evidence was presented at trial that the injuries impeded the Plaintiff from engaging in rigorous physical activity, including special training in the United States Army Reserve. The jury award him $48,400.


Mr. Burke has successfully won trials in the Chancery Court defending home owners facing foreclosure with the end goal of allowing homeowners to keep their homes.

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Jersey City, NJ, 07306-6037


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Posted by Darlene | January 29, 2014
The best lawyer to be on your side - Strong defense against your opposition
I am not overstating my Overal Rating for Mr. John Burke, Esq., he IS excellent. From our first Consultation meeting, I was impressed with his understanding of what I was up against with Mortgage Fraud. He immediately pointed out what had transpired and what I had overlooked, then advised me on what WE needed to do Step-by-Step, as well as what I could expect in response as my case would unfold. Mr. Burke was most patient with my many questions and always responded if not within an hour, at least before the end of day to waylay any concerns I was not clear on. As deceiving as the opponent was, they could not avoid or evade Mr. Burke's strong passion at getting out the truth of the matter (and they tried everything from unclear Contracts and Agreements paperwork, Landlord - Tenant eviction, Foreclosure - whatever roadblock they put up, Mr. Burke was ever-ready and dealt with the matters to gain a win for me that I will forever be grateful for. He cared - and was passionate about making sure the outcome would be favorable for me, and it doesn't get much better than that - he was a God Send.
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Posted by Ms. Maurice | January 27, 2014
He Fights for Your BEST Outcome!
I came to Mr. Burke from a previous attorney. My case was a complicated mess! He rolled up his sleeves and fought for me... I found John to be very personable and exceedingly professional, as was his staff. I have never been in an accident before. Not only did he and his staff do a remarkable job in keeping me informed every step of the way but also in answering all my questions and in explaining procedures and processes to me. When decisions needed to be made, he would give me his opinion but the decision was always mine. In my opinion John Burke went above and beyond when it came to the settling of my case with its excessive doctor bills. He's a great advocate for his clients and he genuinely cares. He and his staff made a horrible situation easier so I could focus on healing. Words could never express how grateful I am to have found him/them!
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Posted by Jose | November 3, 2013
Mr jose
Lawyer Jhon Burke, is a lawyer who is dedicated to helping your customer, gives encouragement and good advice, never stops to help his client, not only in part economic, also personally, for me is a great human being worthy of all trust, I am very happy with his defense, he is very professional, I am satisfied with your work.
Posted by Laura W. | October 28, 2013
Amazing Attorney
Being a victim of a crime you are struggling to put so much behind you. The last thing you want to deal with are the specifics of a case, who is a fault? what are you entitled to? From the first day that I stepped foot into John's office he took the worry away. I have never seen an attorney work so hard and really prove that he was working for me. At times the case felt over whelming and I was unclear about what could and would happen but him and his team took me through the whole process step by step. It has been a long 4 year journey and I have got to say that it is through the experience of having him as my lawyer that I have been able to get through the damage and pain of what has occurred. He is kind , compassionate and honest something that is hard to come by in the legal world. I am confident that he will be successful in his journey and change lives as he did mine.
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Posted by Mary | July 1, 2013
I would definitely recommend!
John, I appreciate how you handled both my cases and am very happy with their outcomes. If I ever need of anything in the future or anyone I know needs an attorney, I will call your way. Take care, it was a pleasure. Also, a thank you to your staff on my behalf.
Posted by EFREM | June 20, 2013
trust jhon m burke
my name is EFREM G. I was in a car accident for the the first time and ended up in the hospital. I didn't know who to talk with about my accident situation. So a co-worker recommend me to JOHN BURKE so I gave it a shot and set up a meeting. John Burke was very understanding, responsive, knowledgeable so that's when I knew he was the perfect lawyer for my case. John Burke sent me to some medical providers. His staff was great and John always kept me informed.I am very happy how every thing turn out in the end and John made sure of that. I'm always going to recommend John Burke to my friends and family. THANK YOU JOHN BURKE!.
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Posted by Virginia | June 12, 2013
“An endless professional and personal care”
Dear John, I want to thank you and all your wonderful staff for always being there for me. From the first call I placed to the final day of my settlement, you were there extending an endless professional and personal care. For me my case wasn’t easy, but I thank you, for always making me feel that things will be ok. With your expertise, I got the settlement, I deserved. Thank for fighting on my behalf.
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Posted by Kas | April 9, 2013
Highly recommended.
John Burke has acted as our attorney in several different matters, with professionalism, expediency and, in each case resulting in a successful outcome, and we were very satisfied with our experience and can highly recommend his services..
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Partner
  • Koles, Burke & Bustillo, LLP
  • 2002 - Present


  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • St. Peter's College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hudson County Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • N/A
  • West Hudson Bar Association
  • Professionalism Committee
  • N/A
  • Hudson County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • 2L/3L Mediation Course
  • Mediation
  • 2012
  • American Association for Justice
  • Predatory Lending Claims & Consumer Fraud Claims Against Mortgage Brokers and Banks
  • 2009
  • American Association for Justice
  • Legal Fee Shifting under NJ Consumer Fraud Act
  • 2009

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Jersey City Personal injury Lawyer John M Burke
John M Burke
Personal injury Attorney
Jersey City, NJ
Licensed for 57 years