Burke Lopez is a civil trial lawyer. He maintains a diverse case load, handling matters involving coverage issues, commercial disputes, personal injury defense, products and premises liability, wrongful death, and commercial litigation. Burke also defends clients in professional liability cases, which includes lawyers and law firms facing legal malpractice claims and advising on Florida Bar disciplinary matters.
Over the course of his career, Burke has handled a number of significant cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida. In addition to defending clients in trucking and transportation cases, he has represented large retailers, restaurants, private security firms, food distributors, property insurers, taxi and limousine companies, and third party administrators.
Burke's clients—which span a number of industries—include: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Auto Owners Insurance Company, Sedgewick Claims Services, Yellow Cab of Tampa Dominion of Canada Insurance, ServiceMaster Corporation, Terminix International, Tower Hill Insurance, Wendy's Restaurants, and Citizens Property Insurance Company.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Burke bolstered his civil litigation and trial experience with firms throughout Florida. He has served as lead trial counsel in courts across the state.
During law school, Burke was involved in a number of associations and activities. He was a member of both the Trial Team and the James C. Adkins Inn of Court.
- The Florida Bar
- Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 2003 – Present
Honors & Awards
- Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
- Siar v. IPC International, Pinellas County, Florida, November 2012: Defense verdict on behalf of a private security guard contractor. Five-day jury trial before Judge Douglas Baird in Clearwater, FL. Plaintiff claimed a closed head injury arising from an assault at a shopping center. The jury found no liability on the security guards present at the time of the assault.
- Mejia v. Citizens Property Insurance, Pasco County, Florida, March 2013: Defense verdict in favor of a homeowner's insurance carrier following a jury trial arising from a policyholder's sinkhole claim. Defendant successfully argued that interior and exterior damage to plaintiff's home was not caused by sinkhole activity beneath the home. Three-day jury trial before Judge Linda Babb in Dade City, FL.
- Arce v. Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Hardee County, Florida, April 2012: Four-day jury trial arising from a slip and fall at a Wendy's fast food restaurant. Plaintiff injured her head, neck, and shoulder and underwent shoulder surgery following the accident. Plaintiff's last demand was $350,000, jury awarded $26,000. The jury apportioned 65% fault to the Plaintiff. Four-day trial before Judge Marcus Ezelle in Wachula, FL.
J.D., University of Florida School of Law, 1990
B.S., University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987
- U.S. District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida