Patrick J. Burke

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Patrick J. Burke Denver Criminal Defense AttorneyExperience

During 40+ years of practicing law, Pat has handled almost every conceivable type of civil, criminal or administrative matter. He has been involved in government investigations, grand jury matters, malpractice cases (legal and medical), securities fraud and anti-trust cases.

Pat served as the Assistant City Attorney in Lakewood, Colorado from 1973-1974, the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado from 1975-1978 and an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Colorado from 1979-1981.

Pat has a history of taking on the toughest cases as a result of court appointments. Pat began doing death penalty work in 1988 when he was appointed to represent a death-sentenced inmate in Texas. Pat has been actively involved in death penalty litigation since then. In 1988, Pat was awarded the Denver Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer of the Year as a result of his representation of Richard Scutari, who was one of the defendants in the federal criminal trial arising out of the murder of talk show host Alan Berg. Pat was appointed to represent Richard Scutari by Judge Richard Matsch. Scutari was acquitted at trial.

20 years later, in 2008, Pat was the recipient of the Jonathan Olom Award, which is the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar’s highest honor. The general criterion for the award is “remarkable personal sacrifice made without regard to personal gain in the defense of the accused.” Factors considered by the nominating committee include a willingness to defend an accused without regard to public sentiment or personal advancement, as well as professional excellence displayed in the face of adversity.

Pat served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar from 1985-1988 and was the President of the Criminal Defense Bar in 1987-1988. Pat has been a member of the U.S. District Court, Criminal Justice Act Panel since 1983. He served on the CJA Standing Committee in 1998-2000. He was Chairman of the CJA Standing Committee from 1999-2000. Pat was reappointed to the CJA Standing Committee in 2010 and is still serving on the CJA Standing Committee.

Representative Case List

  • Litigation:

    • U.S. v. Watland, 11-cr-38-JLK, (Capital case:  life-sentence disposition just prior to jury selection in 2014), 2009-2014.
    • U.S. v. Peterson, 11-cr-665 (RPP) & 11-CIV-5448, (Securities Fraud – Southern District of New York – Pro Hac Vice appearance – Co-counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom), 2011-2012.
    • U.S. v. Silvestre Rivera, 10-cr-0164, (Capital case:  death penalty withdrawn by Attorney General Eric Holder), 2010-2011.
    • State of Colorado v. Brodie, 09-cr-4500, (State COCCA case, Colorado Springs), 2009-2013.
    • U.S. v. Charles Sharp, et. al., 08-cr-365-MSK, (4 week federal trial July–August 2012), 2008-2012.
    • U.S. v. Landon Martin, et. al., 07-cr-90-WYD, (3 week federal trial – Acquittal of all charges), 2007-2008.
    • U.S. v. College Pharmacy, Inc., 07-cr-338-MSK, (Criminal case, then civil case, 08-cv-1790-MSK), 2007-2009.
    • U.S. v. Mark Booth, 07-cr-485-LTB, (Lacey Act), 2007-2008.
    • State of Colorado v. Robert Ray, 06-cr-697, Advisory Counsel (State Death Penalty case in Arapahoe County), 2009-2012.
    • SEC v. various Qwest individuals, et. al., 05-cv-480-MSK, (Co-counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom), 2008-2011.
    • SEC v. various Qwest individuals, et. al., 05-cv-480-MSK, (Co-counsel with Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Arnello & Bohrer, P.C.), 2005-2008.
    • SEC v. various Qwest individuals, et. al., 05-cv-480-MSK, 2005-2011.
    • U.S. v. Glenn Gallant, 03-cr-232-RPM, (Post-conviction:  the “Best Bank” case), 2005-2008.
    • U.S. v. William Sablan, 00-cr-531-WYD, (3 month federal trial, January-April, 2007 – life sentence), 2000-2007.

    Miscellaneous Matters:

    • Construction Defects case, (Settlement Conference), 2012-2013.
    • Walters v. Brodie, et. al., (Settlement Conference with JAG), settled 2012.
    • Attorney Regulation Counsel Investigation, 2009-2010.
    • Suzannah Gersten (Wrongful death; products liability), 2008-2009.
    • Los Angeles Lakers (Local Counsel, re:  Kobe Bryant case), 2003-2005.
    • Stan Matsinger (Criminal case, then wrongful death case; civil action settled at JAG Conference), 2002-2004.
    • Represented family members in the Columbine tragedy, 2004.
    • Louisiana Pacific (Miscellaneous issues).
    • Represented Patsy Ramsey during police investigation of the death of her daughter, JonBenét.

    Grand Jury Investigations:

    • Current active cases relating to the Lacey Act, Mail Fraud, and political matters.
    • Representation re: contaminated cantaloupes, 2012-2013.
    • DHS Drilling (Federal Bank Fraud), 2010-2012.
    • FTC Fraud Investigation by DOJ, (Washington, D.C.), 2011-2012.
    • Nursing Home Administration Investigation, 2011.
    • Federal EPA Investigation, 2011.
    • Golden Peaks (Nursing Home Investigation – State of Colorado), 2009-2011.
    • Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, (Colorado Attorney General), 2010-2011.
    • Xcel Energy (Criminal EPA Investigation), 2010.
    • Westwood College (Colorado Attorney General), 2010.
    • Golden Orchard III (Nursing Home Investigation) (Jefferson County), 2009-2010.
    • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigation, 2007-2008.
    • Investigation of Secondary Market for Microsoft Products, 2006-2007.
    • ConAgra Comptroller, 2002-2007.
    • Bank Fraud, (Jefferson County), 2006.
    • Wrongful death – Sno-cat accident, 2006.
    • Newmont Mining (FCPA Investigation), 2003-2005.

Awards and Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado Supreme Court 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of Illinois 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1990

Awards and Honors

  • Named top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine 2015-2018
  • Best Lawyers, Bet the Company Litigation, Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense 1995-2020
  • Best Lawyer’s 2011 & 2019: While Collar Lawyer of the Year
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA: Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2012-2013
  • Olom Award 2008
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers 1999-present

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