Michael T. Burke, Partner

Damian H. Albert

Education and Background:

J.D., cum laude, Stetson University, 1981-Law Review Notes and Comments Editor

B.B.A., Florida Atlantic University, 1978


The Florida Bar

Broward County Bar Association

The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Fort Lauderdale


Michael Burke has been a resident of Fort Lauderdale for over forty years. Mr. Burke is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.

For the past thirty years, Mr. Burke has engaged in a civil trial and appellate practice with primary emphasis on the representation of local governmental entities and private sector clients. Mr. Burke has extensive experience in defending local governmental entities as well as their officials and employees in civil actions including land use, regulatory takings, first amendment claims, false arrests, malicious prosecution, premises liability, automobile negligence, fraud, employment discrimination, federal civil rights litigation and general tort liability. Mr. Burke is also the author of several articles on local government liability, including Defining The Contours of Municipal Liability Under 42 USC §1983: Monell – City of Canton v. Harris, 18 Stetson Law Review, 511 (1989), and has lectured and on the subject at the request of the Florida Bar, Florida League of Cities, Broward County Bar Association and the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Mr. Burke also has many reported cases, including Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 111 F.3d 1530 (11th Cir. 1997); D.P. v. School Board of Broward County, 483 F.3d 725 (11th Cir. 2007); Coral Springs Street Systems v. City of Sunrise, 371 F.3d 1320 (11th Cir. 2004); Key West Harbour v. Key West, 987 F. 2d 723 (11th Cir 1993); Jones v. Heyman, 888 F.2d 1328 (11th Cir. 1989); and WCI Communities v. City of Coral Springs, 885 So .2d 912 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004).

Practice Areas

Civil Trial Law
Local Government
Civil Rights Litigation
Appellate Law

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