Kevin G. Burkekgb@bwmklaw.com
Chicago, IL 60601-3330
Kevin Burke has long been recognized for the extraordinary results he has achieved for his clients, particularly in the area of medical malpractice litigation. Chicago Magazine has described him as “one of the preeminent medical malpractice attorneys in Illinois,” while Crain’s Chicago Business designated him one of the city’s “power players” in legal practice.
Kevin has secured for his clients more than 70 verdicts and settlements of more than one million dollars each, for a total of more than $400 million. For example, he and partner Beth Kaveny recently secured a $12 million settlement from a Glenview, Illinois, hospital for a client who suffered severe injury and trauma due to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. In one recent year, Kevin had four of the top 20 client settlements in Illinois, totaling in excess of $85 million and involving medical malpractice cases; in another he was the top-ranking attorney in Chicago Lawyer’s annual settlement survey. But he has won equally impressive amounts at trial, including a record $32 million verdict for a boy severely injured at birth and the highest known verdict for a wrongful death case involving a person over the age of 65 in Cook County.
Kevin’s work in complex medical malpractice cases includes record-setting verdicts in Cook County, DuPage County and DeKalb County and the highest settlement on record in Champaign County. He enters every medical malpractice matter extremely well-prepared, with insight that reflects his early practice experience as a trial attorney for an insurance defense firm. With such knowledge of defense tactics, Kevin has a thorough understanding of how physicians reach a diagnosis, what risk factors and symptoms they typically consider, and by what criteria negligence can be identified. He often builds his cases by walking juries through the steps a doctor or nurse should have taken, and the safeguards in place to prevent error. Such step-by-step assessment demonstrates what actually happened to his client in terms juries can understand. Adding to Kevin’s courtroom effectiveness is a quiet, assured demeanor that juries appreciate and respond to.
Although his primary emphasis is on medical malpractice liability, Kevin has effectively represented clients in product liability and automobile liability cases. He was one of the first lawyers to successfully represent a family in a wrongful death case against a tire manufacturer. The case settled for over $12 million and was the subject of a national-award winning investigative series in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Reflecting his courtroom experience and successes, Kevin plays a leading role in educating other lawyers on trial techniques, particularly as they involve medical malpractice cases. He is a frequent speaker at programs of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). His bylined articles have appeared in American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine, and his comments regularly appear in print and broadcast media. Most recently he has authored (with David A. Rashid) “A Consulting Expert Switching Sides Mid-Litigation: Minimizing the Risk and Barring the Expert (and his Lawyer),” appearing in the Summer 2013 issue (vol. 15, no. 2) of Trial Journal.
Among other professional peer recognitions, Kevin has been selected by peers for inclusion in Illinois SuperLawyers every year since 2005 (including selected Top 10 and Top 100 statewide listings), and for the Illinois Leading Lawyers (also including Top 10 listings).
- Illinois Super Lawyers (personal injury plaintiffs, general and medical malpractice)
- Illinois Leading Lawyers (general personal injury law, personal injury professional malpractice law)
- Co-author, “A Consulting Expert Switching Sides Mid-Litigation: Minimizing the Risk and Barring the Expert (and his Lawyer),” Trial Journal, Summer 2013 (vol. 15, no. 2).
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (including as a member of the Board of Managers)
- Chicago Bar Association
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1979
- Marquette University, B.A., 1976
- Illinois, 1979
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals