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Sean earned a combined JD/MBA from USC Law and Business Schools in 1981. Since 1985, he has specialized in representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability cases. He has obtained over $60 million for his clients in the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), holds an AV rating (highest possible) from Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, was rated in the Top 5 Lawyers in Orange County by OC Metro/Avvo, has been named a Southern California SuperLawyer for 6 years and was listed in the Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County for 2007, 2009 and 2010. He has received the Top Gun Awards for Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2005 and 2009 from the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Birth Injury: 20%
  3. Nursing Home Abuse: 20%
  4. Car Accident: 10%



Contingent (25-40%)

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  • William David Evans

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    Sean Burke is a great advocate for his client. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Sean M. Burke

9210 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA, 92618


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 50 Lawyers, Southern California - Orange CountySuperlawyers2010
Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer of the YearOrange County Trial Lawyer Association2009
ABOTA MemberAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2009
AV RatingN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThielen & Burke, Inc.1985 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A2009 - Present
Long Beach Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1997 - 2001
Courts CommitteeChairman1995 - 2001
Scholarship CommitteeMember1989 - 1996
Long Beach BarristersPresident1987 - 1987
Long Beach Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1986 - 1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolN/AJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1981
University of Southern CaliforniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976