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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 nearly always 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:


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 over 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 11 grandchildren. He has volunteered for various youth groups, including the Boy Scouts in various positions including Scout Master and for 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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Contact info

Burke Law Group, PLLC

221 N Wall St.
Suite 624
Spokane, WA, 99201

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Uncontested Divorce: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%



Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • David Wayne Lohman

    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 and 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 and separation Attorney
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2013 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2014
2012 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
SCBA VLP Outstanding Law Firm of the YearSpokane County Bar Assocaition2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberBurke Law Group, PLLC2005 - Present
Associate AttorneyReed & Giesa, PS2002 - 2005
Rule 9 Legal InternReed & Giesa, PS2002 - 2002
Rule 9 Legal Intern in Elder Law ClinicGonzaga University School Of Law University Legal Assistance2001 - 2002
Managing MemberTower Mountain Products LLC1997 - 2002
Chief Operating OfficerNorth American Outdoor Group, Inc1985 - 1995
Assistant Vice PresidentFirst Bank System1977 - 1985
OfficerU.S. Air Force1973 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonMember2007 - Present
Spokane County Collaborative Professionals (a county-wide non-profit collaborative law association)Director & Treasurer2006 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonDirector & Treasurer2014 - 2015
Collaborative Professionals of Washington (a statewide non-profit collaborative law assocation)Director & Treasurer2007 - 2011
State-wide steering committee on Collaborative LawCommittee member representing Eastern Washington2005 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of Brown v. BrownSettled
Collaborative Law DivorceSettled
Collaborative Law DivorceSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Spokane Journal of BusinessCollaborative Law Emerging Practice Area Here2014
Calendar Call, publication of Spokane County Bar AssociationCollaborative Law Has Arrived2013
In Touch: Newsletter of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington (a Collaborative Law statewide association)"Rubber Meets the Road" Time2010
In Touch: Newletter of the Collaborative Professionals of Washington (a Collaborative Law statewide association)Yes, Membership Has Its Privileges2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)2002
University of MinnesotaBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section Annual Autumn Tour: Family Law Hot Topics 2015Navigating the Washington Collaborative Law Act to Avoid Practice Traps and Ethical Dilemmas2015
SCBA Solo & Small Practice Section CLEIntroduction to Collaborative Law and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act2013
Hearing on SHB 1116 (UCLA)Uniform Collaborative Law Act2013
Collaborative Law CLEThe Ethics of Collaborative Law2013
Introduction to Collaborative Law presented to mental health professionalsWho is right for a Collaborative Law Divorce2010
FPA Spokane Chapter Membership MeetingIntroduction to Collaborative Law for Divorce2009
CLE on Collaborative LawEthical Considerations for Collaborative Law Practice2008
Family PreparednessImportance of Estate Planning2007