EDMUND BURKE, ESQ.
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Edmund Burke received a BS degree in 1956 from the US Naval Academy, and spent the next four years at sea in the U.S. Navy. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963, and is licensed to practice in both California and Hawaii.
Following law school he practiced three years in Ventura, CA, followed by 47 years of trial practice in Hawaii. He was a founding member of the Burke, McPheeters, Bordner, and Gilardy law firm. During his years of practice, he represented both plaintiffs and defendants. In more recent years, Mr. Burke primary defended cases including professional liability, product liability, personal injury and commercial claims.
Mr. Burke is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (state chairman 1990-92), the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been named among best lawyers in Hawaii for the past 30 years. He received the Ki`e Ki`e award from the Hawaii Bar Association in 2008, and the Civil Libertarian Award from the ACLU in 2010, both associated with Mr. Burke’s work on behalf of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Mr. Burke was involved with the Court Annexed Arbitration Program (CAAP) from its inception until 2010. He was a delegate to the 9th Circuit judicial conference in 1998-2001, and a Bencher in the American Inns of Court. As of July 1, 2014, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i.
He is lucky to have been married 55 years with great children and grandchildren.