Colleen H. Burke
Colleen has extensive experience in defense litigation and focuses her practice in the area of professional liability including defending lawyers in legal malpractice cases, defending lawyers in grievance matters with the Attorney Grievance Commission and defending judges in matters brought by the Judicial Tenure Commission. She has also represented accountants, land surveyors, and real estate brokers. Colleen also has experience in insurance coverage work, premises liability, product liability, and employment law. She has represented a wide-range of clients including a national sump pump and small tool manufacturer and an international retail chain. Colleen’s experience has included analysis of pre-litigation claims, providing resolution opinions, and litigating cases to trial.
Board Member, Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Oakland County Bar Association
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Oakland County Inns of Court
Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
Member, Negligence and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Secured a summary disposition in a medical malpractice case by demonstrating to an arbitrator that the plaintiff’s underlying employment case was without merit. Plaintiff was terminated from his position as a police officer due to his inappropriate conduct with a minor. Plaintiff’s union refused to take the matter to arbitration. Burke’s client represented Plaintiff in efforts to secure unemployment benefits and post termination events with the employer. Burke successfully argued that even if Plaintiff was able to take his claim for wrongful termination to arbitration, the arbitrator would have agreed with the municipality and upheld the termination. (2016)
Won a summary judgment for an assistant city attorney in Oakland County Circuit Court who was sued for malicious prosecution and abuse of process. (2015)
Obtained summary disposition relief for a local bank who was sued under a premises liability theory for an alleged defect to an entrance door that caused injury to a young child. (2015)
Argued and won a summary disposition motion for a paraffin wax manufacturer and distributor who was sued by a utility worker for significant burn injuries related to the use of the wax in an underground manhole. (2014)
Obtained summary disposition for an attorney-client who was sued by the spouse of a former client for his work relating to the drafting of a trust agreement. The court agreed with Ms. Burke’s argument that the attorney owed no duty to the former client’s spouse. (2013)
Colleen is an active volunteer in the Our Lady of Sorrows Parent Group and a current board member in the Catholic Central Mother’s Club.