Sean C. Burke

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Lake Forest, Illinois

Sean Burke Law, LLC
Sean C. Burke
Sean Burke Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Personal injury, Construction litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1989

Education: University of Illinois College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Sean Burke Law, LLC

950 N Western Ave
Suite 210
Lake Forest, IL 60045 Visit website


Attorney Sean C. Burke is the founder and owner of Sean Burke Law, LLC, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Serving clients throughout Lake Forest and the surrounding Chicago Metro region, Mr. Burke has more than 25 years of legal experience, and he devotes his practice to helping those who have legal claims involving any of the following:

· Medical malpractice

· Workplace injuries

· Car, truck and other motor vehicle accidents

· Animal bites

· Unsafe premises

· Nursing home abuse and neglect

· Defective products

· Police misconduct

· Workers' compensation

· Wrongful death

A former prosecutor with the Lake County State Attorney's Office, Mr. Burke gained invaluable trial experience trying a wide range of criminal cases. After maintaining that role for five years, he then entered private practice and focused on medical malpractice litigation and personal injury law as a way to help those in his community who need it the most. Finding great reward in assisting individuals and families in need, Mr. Burke has achieved significant success advocating on behalf of those suffering needlessly through no fault of their own.

Among his most notable successes, Mr. Burke obtained a settlement of more than $3.5 million for a worker who lost his leg in a workplace accident, a $2.3 million settlement for the family of a woman who died as the result of a botched gallbladder surgery, a $2.5 million settlement for an injured elevator mechanic, and a jury verdict of $1.6 million on behalf of a woman who experienced severe complications to her leg and foot following knee replacement surgery.

Honored for his success as well as his impeccable professionalism and service, Mr. Burke is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he holds an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also received many other top rankings from his peers along with Superb client ratings on Avvo and numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1986 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Mr. Burke obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1989. He is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Burke is also a highly active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, among his other professional affiliations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Construction litigation: consumer, Workers' compensation: claimant

Focus areas

Medical malpractice, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Construction litigation: consumer
  • 10% Workers' compensation: claimant

First Admitted: 1989, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

  • AVVO.COM Superb Rating
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2019
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1989
Educational Background:
  • College of the Holy Cross, A.B. History – 1986
  • Verdict $1.6 million for elderly woman whose blood supply to her lower leg was cut off during knee replacement surgery, 2016
Representative Clients:
  • $1.865 million settlement against air transport company and forklift operator who pinned warehouse supervisor's foot between the forklift and a cargo pallet, causing a foot crush injury that required multiple surgeries.  Plaintiff has returned to work despite permanent pain and disability., 2021
  • $2.3 million settlement for family of 46-year old woman who died at the start of surgery to remove her gallbladder.  The surgeon inserted a gas inflation needle into the woman's liver causing a gas bubble to lodge in her heart and stop her breathing.  The patient was survived by her parents, two sisters and her niece., 2019
  • $3 million settlement against Lake Hospital after pediatrician discharged a four-year old child with an elevated white blood cell count, vomiting and fever.  The child the next day from a system-wide bacterial infection., 2021

Office location for Sean C. Burke

950 N Western Ave
Suite 210
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: 312-757-5946


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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