Richard F. Burke, Jr.

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
 | 120 North LaSalle Street, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005, 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Richard F. Burke, Jr., is a partner at Clifford Law Offices PC in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Burke focuses his practice on personal injury matters, including aviation accidents, medical malpractice, trucking accidents and other catastrophic injuries on an individual and class action basis. He serves clients in Chicago and throughout the country.

    An accomplished litigator, Mr. Burke has over 40 years of experience. Over the course of his legal career, he has attained substantial recoveries for injury victims through verdicts or settlements. He has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2015.

    Mr. Burke is the author of many articles on personal injury and litigation topics. He is a former advocacy training instructor and holds a license to practice law before all Illinois state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

    An active and involved participant in his legal community, Mr. Burke belongs to The Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He also belongs to the American Bar Association and is a member of their Section of Litigation.

    Mr. Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago and received a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago. He obtained his law degree from DePaul University College of Law. Prior to becoming a personal injury attorney, he served as an assistant state’s attorney for Cook County, Illinois.





    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice


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    Super Lawyers: 2005, 2007 - 2021

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    About Richard Burke, Jr.

    Admitted: 1978, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers in the United States, 2019, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019
    • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer rated Highest Level of Professional Excellence, 2019, Peer Rated Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2015-Present
    • Leading Lawyers, 2017, Leading Lawyers, 2017
    • Super Lawyers, 2005, 2007 – 2020,
    • Super Lawyers, 2005., Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2005

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Member, Committee on Judicial Evaluation, 1993 - 1999
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1988., 1988
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1988., 1988
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1978., 1978
    • Illinois, 1978
    • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Litigation, Member, 1978
    • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Member, 1978
    • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), Member
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Member, 1978

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Cook County State's Attorney's Office "Use of Experts in Civil Cases," 2001., "Use of Experts in Civil Cases", 2001
    • Instructor, Federal Trial Bar Advocacy Training, 1993 – 1995
    • Tort Law Update Seminar, “Product Liability Cases,” 1997
    • Chicago Bar Association "Closing Argument Law," 2000., "Closing Argument Law", Chicago Bar Association, 2000
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association "Motor Vehicle Product Liability Cases," 2000., "Motor Vehicle Product Liability Cases", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
    • Illinois State Bar Association Trial Techniques Course - "Objections During Trial," 2000., "Objections During Trial", Illinois State Bar Association , 2000
    • "Cost Effective Trial Exhibits," 1999., "Cost Effective Trial Exhibits", 1999
    • "Litigating Personal Injury Cases," 1998., "Litigating Personal Injury Cases", 1998
    • "Maximizing Damages," 1996., "Maximizing Damages", 1996


    • Mr. Burke joined Robert Clifford in a case involving the rollover of a sport utility vehicle where a 15-year-old girl was severely injured and two teenage girls were killed when the SUV rolled over on a Chicago expressway. Burke and Clifford recovered a $22 million settlement.
    • Mr. Burke obtained a settlement in excess of $3 million for the surviving family of a golfer found underneath a golf cart that apparently had accelerated unexpectedly due to design defects in the accelerator pedal assembly components. 
    • Mr. Burke obtained a $3.45 million settlement on behalf of a girl who was rendered a quadriplegic when she was struck by a police car. 
    • Mr. Burke obtained a $3.5 million settlement for the death of an eight-year-old boy that resulted from a defective design in the rear passenger area of his family's conversion van.
    • Mr. Burke received an $11 million settlement in the death of an executive who was killed in a small corporate jet crash. 
    • Mr. Burke's accomplishments as an aviation law attorney extend to Canada, where he handled a plane crash case that occurred in Ontario. He filed suit in both the United States and Canada, successfully settling the case in Canada for $4 million.  
    • Mr. Burke tried a case of a private jet that crashed at Palwaukee Municipal Airport before a Cook County jury on behalf of the family of the pilot who was killed in the crash. Following a five-week trial, the jury handed down a $10.45 million verdict, finding the airport 90 percent at fault for failing to provide a proper runway safety area.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Chicago, MBA, 1988
    • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, B.S., Bachelor of Science, 1975
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    Office Location for Richard F. Burke, Jr.

    120 North LaSalle Street
    31st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-899-9090

    Fax: 312-251-1160

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