Alton G. Burkhalter

Top rated business litigation attorney in Irvine, California

Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP
Alton G. Burkhalter
Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Business & corporate, Securities litigation

Licensed in California since: 1985

Education: Pepperdine University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP

2020 Main Street
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614 Visit website


Alton G. Burkhalter is recognized for his outstanding results in business litigation, particularly in jury trials.  His notable successes include three “8 Figure” jury verdicts and multiple “7 Figure” jury verdicts, such as: A judgment of $70 million against Universal Studios on behalf of Foxcroft Productions, Inc., and Fairmount Productions, Inc., the creators of the television series “Columbo;” a jury verdict of $30.4 million in a contentious eminent domain case in Nashville, Tennessee, for land upon which Nashville’s new convention center was built; a jury verdict of $11.2 million against Los Angeles County in a complicated water rights case; and a $10.8 million dollar jury verdict in an executive embezzlement case in Alameda County Superior Court.  His practice includes representing auto dealers in connection with disputes against manufacturers, and he holds two of the largest jury trial verdicts for dealers in California.  

Mr. Burkhalter's commitment to high legal standards of ethics and quality representation has gained him the respect of clients and peers alike. He has achieved the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and in 2015 received its Client Distinction Award.

Before attending law school, Mr. Burkhalter was a certified public accountant with an international accounting firm. He draws on the knowledge and experience he gained in that role to advise his clients.

A Louisiana native, Mr. Burkhalter obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting from Northwestern State University, graduating cum laude.  He obtained his juris doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Business/corporate, Securities litigation
  • 80% Business litigation
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Securities litigation

First Admitted: 1985, California

Professional Webpage:

  • Foxcroft Productions, Inc., et al. v. Universal Studios, LLC, et al.,($70 million jury verdict- Hollywood accounting)
  • NCAA v. Tarkanian,10 F.3d 633 (9th Cir 1993) and 795 F. Supp 1476 (D. Nev. 1992)
  • Kumar v. Yu,201 Cal.App.4th 1463,, 2011
  • Thrifty Playless, Inc. v. Mariners Mile Gateway, LLC,185 Cal.App4th 1050, 2010
  • Fairchild Industries v Taylor: Defense of multi-million dollar malicious prosecutor claim for law school classmate
  • EFC v McAllister: Defense of $3 million claim for alleged breach of development contract for proposed reality television show
  • Rancho Vista Development Company v. Richards, Watson & Gershon,($2.5 million verdict - breach of fiduciary duty)
  • HWB Automotive Group, inc. v. Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A.,($3.1 million verdict - fraud)
  • Huntington Beach Chrysler Jeep, Inc. v. AM General,($5.4 million verdict - breach of dealer agreement)
  • Tower Action Holdings, LLC v. Los Angeles County Waterworks,($10.1 million verdict - breach of contract)
  • Las Palmas Associates v. Las Palmas Center Associates,($11.2 million verdict - fraud)
  • Flowers, et al. v. Hillyer, et al.,($12.8 million verdict - breach of fiduciary duty)
  • Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency v. Tower Music City ll, LLC,($30.4 million jury verdict - eminent domain)
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • "8 Figure" Jury Trial Awards
  • Selected to Best Lawyers 2022 , Best Lawyers
  • AV Rated Lawyer, the Top Ranking in Ability and Ethics by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "7 Figure" Verdicts
  • Southern California Super Lawyer for Business Litigation, 2007 - 2014
Educational Background:
  • Northwestern State University, Natchitoche, Louisiana, B.S., Honors: cum laude, Major: Accounting
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Arizona, 1995
  • California, 1985

Office location for Alton G. Burkhalter

2020 Main Street
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 888-714-1738

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