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Liza E. Burke

About me

I work to get my clients out of the criminal justice system.  A  percentage of my practice is devoted to special assault and abuse cases.  I also enjoy representing juveniles and young adults in educational, juvenile court and criminal court cases.


As a female advocate standing by a male client's side, I balance out gender bias and stereotypes. I bring none of that to the table myself and I identify and confront those issues if/when they are factor against my client. My female clients benefit from the fact that I can understand their perspective and experience. 


I am also a parent and fully understand the impact a pending criminal charge can have on a family whether the charge is against a parent or the charge is against the child. The whole family is affected.


After over 20 years of exclusively criminal defense and related proceedings, I can identify and develop strong defenses in cases involving false accusations, retaliatory complaints, misuse of the legal system.  In cases where the allegation may be true, my clients can trust that I offer no judgment, I understand that sometimes things just go wrong and people make mistakes. My job is then to develop mitigation and seek avenues for leniency and best outcomes.


There are many reasons why someone can find themselves accused of wrongdoing. Regardless of those reasons, my goals are always the same - dismissal, reduction and avoiding the loss of job, house, family,education, liberty or good name. 


I commit to getting this done expeditiously, with strong leadership and sensitivity.  I make myself available to my clients when they need me.  I use the respect I have earned from the court, prosecutors and other lawyers to my clients benefit.  I treat my clients as I would treat a family member or friend in trouble.  I am care about the professional service I provide and the positive changes I make to legal problems.  I am 100% confident that I can improve my client's situation significantly.


Practice areas


  1. Domestic Violence: 65%
    22 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    22 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    22 years
  4. Child Abuse: 10%
    22 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Martin Wade Hodges

    I had the pleasure of being opposing counsel against Liza on a complex case involving allegations of child abuse. Liza is well prepared, extremely intelligent, and a worthy and tenacious adversary in the courtroom. Liza fights hard for her clients and gets excellent results. Liza is courteous, professional, and charismatic. I truly enjoyed working with Liza. I would not hesitate to refer anyone needing a highly skilled trial attorney to Liza Burke.


    Martin Hodges Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Erica Nicolle Knauf Santos

    Liza is a wonderful attorney who I have worked with as co-counsel as well as opposing counsel. She is diligent, competent, and goes above and beyond for her clients. As opposing counsel she is professional while still being a zealous advocate for her clients. I highly recommend Liza and hope to continue working with her.


    Erica Santos Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Burke Brown Attorneys, PLLC

210 Summit Avenue East
Seattle, WA, 98102


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Law and Politics2011
Super LawyerWashington Law and Politics2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law and Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
Rising StarN/A2005
Rising StarN/A2004
Rising StarN/A2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBurke Brown Attorneys PLLC2011 - Present
AttorneyLiza Burke Law PLLC2010 - Present
AttorneyCohen & Iaria2001 - 2009
AttorneySociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1994 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationGovernor District 7E, Board of Governors2005 - 2008
King County Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2010
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2001 - 2010
Washington Defender AssociationMember1994 - 2010
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Welfare of EKTrial resulted in dismissal of the petition and immediate return of the child to his parents
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of ArizonaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Getting Started in Criminal DefenseDV for Beginners2012
Washington State Bar Association - Swearing InKeynote Speaker2007
When Your Cases Are Your CausesProfessionalism2006
Successful Outcomes in Criminal DefenseCriminal Law2006
Nuts and Bolts of Criminal LawCriminal Law2005
Youth Involvement ConferenceJuvenile Law2004
Technology in the CourtroomLitigation2004
Nuts and Bolts of Criminal LawCriminal Law2004
Nuts and Bolts of Criminal LawCriminal Law2003
Nuts and Bolts of Criminal LawCriminal Law2002
Children's Records LawJuvenile Law2002