Joe Burke received his B.A. from Denison University; J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; and M.B.A. from Cleveland State University. He has served judicial clerkships with the Supreme Court of Hawaii, the Eighth District Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio. He has practiced for over 31 years concentrating in business litigation, real estate, personal injury, criminal defense and commercial transactions.
Joe has served as Magistrate in the Rocky River Municipal Court, past Vice President of the Westshore Bar Association, a member of the Cleveland Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Services for real estate matters, served as Legal Advisor for the Rocky River High School Mock Trial Team, former Chairman of the City of North Olmsted’s Board of Zoning Appeals and a former arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau.
Joe has successfully argued three cases in the Ohio Supreme Court: (1) State v. Codeluppi 139 Ohio St. 3d 165 (2013) involving standards for criminal motions to suppress; (2) State v. Kona 148 Ohio St. 3d 536 (2014) involving non-citizen advisements in pre-trial diversion programs; and (3) Beverage Holdings v. Valentino VAL, LLC 159 Ohio St. 3d 194 (2019) involving contract construction in commercial real estate contracts.
Joe is married and has three daughters, lives in Rocky River and his family are parishioners of St. Raphael’s Church in Bay Village, Ohio. His wife is the President of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which operates, inter alia, various boat shows in the State. Joe and his wife are avid boaters and love and cherish time on Lake Erie. They also own and operate Lyman Life, an American legacy lifestyle brand based on the iconic Lyman Boats built in Sandusky dating back to 1875.
Joe was trained as a trial attorney and has extensive appellate background and experience. His practice currently involves: complex business litigation; real estate; transactional, probate, and probate litigation; personal injury (including civil rights cases); and criminal defense, including felonies and misdemeanors. Many of his clients are closely held companies that are referred when a litigation issue arises.
Joe has gained a reputation as a solid litigator and strives to be the best in his practice area. Over the past five years, he has become more selective in the cases he handles. Joe enjoys complex cases involving multiple layers, as demonstrated by his recent case involving the closure of the I-X Center and the construction of a Force Majeure Clause in I-X Center Corporation v. Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. CV-21-943481; the case ultimately settled.
Throughout his career, Joe has worked to establish a level of competency and then move on to bigger and more complicated cases. One constant is that he has made the most of the opportunities presented to him. Joe also has a unique ability to identify legal issues early on in a case and then highlight them for resolution or purposes of appeal.
“State v. Kona: Defining the Contours of State Convictions.”
January 8, 2015
Joseph T. Burke
Published on Crimmigration.com
“Supreme Court rules immigrant defendant deserved warning that admitting crime could lead to deportation.”
November 21, 2016
“No Mercy, No Money: After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance.”
December 12, 2016
Shaila Dewan and Andrew W. Lehren
New York Times
“Alumnus wins case before Ohio Supreme Court supported by CWRU law students’ amicus brief.”
Fall 2017, Issue 100
In Brief, The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Denison University: Dean’s List; University Scholar; Mortar Board National Honor Society; Academic All American; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; Officer, Denison Community Governing Association Executive Council; Chairman, Student Activities Committee; Fellow of the Religion Department; Senior Honors Thesis “A Study in Christology;” Varsity Cross-Country and Track; Captain of the Cross Country Team.
CWRU, School of Law: Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition – ranked among top 5 written and oral advocates in year-long competition (1988-1989); National Moot Court Team; Best Brief and Semifinalist, National Moot Court Competition (1989-1990); Order of the Barristers.
Successfully argued and obtained reversals in three cases (two criminal; one civil) in the Ohio Supreme Court: