Burke Lopez is a civil trial lawyer. He maintains a diverse case load, handling matters involving insurance coverage issues, commercial disputes, personal injury defense, products and premises liability, wrongful death, and commercial litigation. Burke also defends lawsuits brought against architects, engineers, and lawyers concerning professional liability. He also represents lawyers in Florida Bar disciplinary matters.
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 commercial property owners. Burke's clients—which span a number of industries—include major property and casualty insurers, service providers, transportation companies, third party administrators, product manufacturers, and Fortune 500 corporations.
Over the course of his career, Burke has handled a number of significant cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida He has also served as lead trial counsel in State and Federal Courts throughout Florida for over 20 years.
Prior to joining Hinshaw, Burke bolstered his civil litigation and trial experience with firms throughout Florida. During law school, Burke was a member of both the UF 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