Thomas H. Burke: Lawyer with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.

Thomas H. Burke

Des Moines,  IA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business and Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Law
  • Litigation
Mailing AddressBank of America Building
University University of Iowa, B.A., with honors, 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1980 Moot Court Board, 1979-1980
Admitted1980, Iowa; U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa - Bankruptcy; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa - Bankruptcy

Thomas H. Burke represents clients in the practice areas of banking, bankruptcy, business, commercial, litigation and real estate law. Financial institutions and others seek Mr. Burke for his legal advice and experience as it relates to the client's need for problem resolution.

Mr. Burke received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction in 1980.

Of Particular Note
• AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
• Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions: Banking & Finance (2012-2014)
• Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2015)


Work Experience:

• Member with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. since 1987
• Associate with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1983-1987


Civic and Volunteer Activities:

• Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (Board of Directors, 2009-2014, Vice President, 2010-2011, President, 2011-2014 )
• Brown-Camp and Tone Lofts Homeowners Association (Board of Directors, 2009-2013)
• Iowa State Bar Association Public Service Project (formerly known as the Volunteer Lawyers Project)
• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Reported CasesCases, Presentations & Publications: Published Cases: Johnson v. Harley Davidson Motor Co., et al , 2004 Iowa App. LEXIS 344; CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. P 16, 922 (Iowa App. 2004).; Rubes v. Mega Life & Health Ins. Co. , 642 N.W.2d 263 (Iowa 2002).; Innovative Therapeutics v. Taylor , 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12778 (S.D. Iowa 2002).; Kerndt v. Rolling Hills Nat' l Bank , 558 N.W.2d 410 (Iowa 1997). Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments: Co-Presenter, Current Trends in Product Liability Law, Association of Corporate Counsel, Iowa Chapter, Third Annual Corporate Counsel Program, University of Iowa College of Law, October, 9, 2009.; Author (with Matthew D. Jacobson), Product Liability Law in Iowa in the Post- Wright Era , Defense Update , Summer 2009.; Co-presenter, Common Misconceptions in Human Resources in Iowa, Lorman Education Services, Des Moines, Iowa, March 7, 2006.; Author, Trade Secrets: Keeping Your Business Your Business, Iowa Employment Law Letter , November 2004.; Author (with Kevin M. Reynolds), Confronting the ' Heeding Presumption' in Failure to Warn Cases, For the Defense , Product Liability Issue, 1995.

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Thomas H. Burke

317 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1200
Des MoinesIA 50309-4195


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