Burke, Jr.

Thomas J. Burke, Jr.

Direct: 312.267.6229
Fax: 312.345.9608

Of Counsel

Throughout his 40 years of practice, Tom Burke has acquired a national reputation as a product liability defense trial lawyer. He has extensive litigation experience on behalf of motor vehicle, farm equipment, industrial equipment, and drug manufacturers. Tom has enjoyed the enviable record of not having lost a product liability case in 33 successive jury trials over the past 35 years, including 25 consecutive victories for General Motors.

Tom served as one of the national trial lawyers for General Motors Corporation and TRW Inc., handling their most serious cases. This responsibility allowed him to try cases in jurisdictions from New York to Hawaii, and he has supervised and directed the work of local counsel throughout the country.
Tom was recognized as a "Super Lawyer" from 2005 to 2016. He has also been recognized as a "Leading Lawyer," a selection of lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys.


Chicago, Illinois
200 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3300


Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., Phi Delta Phi (1966)

Elmhurst College, B.A., Pi Kappa Delta (1963)

bar admissions

Illinois (1966)


U.S. Court of Appeals (6th Circuit) (1995)

U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit) (1972)

U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit) (1994)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar (1982)

U.S. Supreme Court (1972)

Professional and Community Organizations

American Bar Association

American College of Trial Lawyers

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

Chicago Bar Association


Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

International Council of Motorsport Sciences

Mid-Day Club

Porsche Club of America

Product Liability Advisory Council

Society of Automotive Engineers

Society of Trial Lawyers

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Buffalo Prairie Gang Camp, Former President