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Mr. Burke is an active trial attorney who has tried cases to verdict in six different jurisdictions. His practice is focused on complex commercial and estate and trust litigation. This includes trial and appellate work in federal, state and international courts. He regularly presents matters before alternative dispute resolution panels and frequently lectures on trial tactics, practice and procedure. He has appeared before the United States Court of Appeals in both the Third and Sixth Circuits.


Mr. Burke advises clients in the areas of:
• Commercial and corporate litigation
• Trust, Estate and Orphans’ Court litigation
• Resolution of partnership and shareholder disputes
• Intellectual property disputes


Notable Representations

  • Successful resolution of Orphans’ Court dispute over control of charitable organization.

  • Obtained verdict successfully overturning last will and testament arising out of undue influence.

  • Obtained injunctive relief to protect client from theft of valuable trade secrets.

  • Obtained $13.5 million verdict for estate of child killed in fire caused by defective product.

  • Representation of foreign government regarding protection of assets in United States and over 30 foreign jurisdictions.

  • Successful resolution of international dispute relating to distribution of life insurance proceeds in excess of $10 million.

  • Represented major technology firm in the resolution of contentious shareholder litigation.




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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    26 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    26 years, 100 cases
  3. Employment: 15%
    26 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($350-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd West Chester

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA, 19381-0660

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Kennett

211 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA, 19348-3111

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Centreville

5721 Kennett Pike
Centreville, DE, 19807-1311



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2014
MemberJohn J. Gibbons American Inn of Court1994
Excellence in Trial AdvocacyFredrick B. Lacey Moot Court Competition1992
Law Review EditorSeton Hall University School of Law1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMacElree Harvey, Ltd.2010 - Present
PartnerBlank Rome, LLP Counselrs At Law1996 - 2010
AttorneyShanley & Fisher1991 - 1996
Federal District Court ClerkUnited States District Court (D.N.J.)1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2015 - Present
Stively American Inn of CourtPresident2014 - Present
Stively American Inn of CourtMaster2012 - Present
Chester County Bar Association, Civil Litigation SectionMember2010 - Present
West Chester Running ClubMember2010 - Present
Bow Tree Civic AssociationBoard of Directors2003 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Bow Tree Civic AssociationMember1996 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
John J. Gibbons American Inn of CourtMaster - Intellectual Property Disputes1991 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Minor Killed In FireN/A
Foreign Government: Protection of AssetsN/A
Life InsuranceN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey BlogCommon Questions Regarding Will Contests – How to Cope With Legal Challenges to a Last Will2016
MacElree Harvey BlogGuardianships Under Pennsylvania Law2016
MacElree HarveyElectronic Discovery in Litigation2011
MacElree HarveySteps to Take When Things Start to Go Bad2011
Macelree HarveyWage and Hour Issues for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses2011
The Rockingham GroupMedicare Secondary Reporting and DPW Liens2010
Blank RomePreparing Written Discovery Responses and Objections2010
Blank RomeBenefits and Pitfalls of Arbitration2009
Blank RomeConducting Discovery in Foreign Countries2008
Blank RomeGood Deals Gone Bad – A Litigator’s Hindsight is Always 20/202007
20 Seton Hall Law ReviewConstitutional Law-Equal Protection-Public School Students Denied Free Ride1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Villanova UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Issues for Business OwnersElectronic Discovery in Litigation2011
Issues for Business OwnersSteps to Take When Things Start to Go Bad2011
Employment Law SeminarWage and Hour Issues for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses2011
Seminar On Insurance Coverage IssuesMedicare Secondary Reporting and DPW Liens2010
Emerging Issues For In-House CounselPreparing Written Discovery Responses and Objections2010
Emerging Issues For In-House CounselBenefits and Pitfalls of Arbitration2009
Emerging Issues For In-House CounselConducting Discovery in Foreign Countries2008
Emerging Issues For In-House CounselGood Deals Gone Bad – A Litigator’s Hindsight is Always 20/202007