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Timothy M. Burke
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Timothy M. Burke "The role of a lawyer is to assist a client in obtaining justice."

Much of Timothy M. Burke’s practice is devoted to local government law and the government decision-making process. His background prepared him for that. He spent four years in Cincinnati City Hall as Legislative Assistant to then Council member Jerry Springer (yes, that Jerry Springer), served as Executive Director of Little Miami, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the Little Miami River, a state and national scenic river, and twice served on the staff of Congressman Tom Luken. Today, 50% of his practice involves representing governmental entities, representing clients in front of governmental decision-making bodies, or litigation for or against governmental entities. He has served as Law Director for one of Cincinnati’s suburbs, Lockland, for more than 30 years and has also served as Law Director for another suburb, the Village of Evendale for over a decade. He has frequently served as Special Counsel to numerous other local governments and often is asked to speak on topics including municipal law, land use and zoning, eminent domain, civil rights and elections law. He has also served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio.

Mr. Burke also maintains an extensive national practice, representing fraternities and sororities and speaks at several national conferences each year.

 

Quick Facts

Office:

 

225 West Court Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

Practice Areas:

Land Use & Zoning

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

Local Government

Litigation

Admissions

 

All Ohio State Courts

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Admitted for specific cases in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania

Education

1977, J.D., University of Cincinnati

1970, A.B., Xavier University

 

Professional Associations

 

Cincinnati Bar Association

American Bar Association Ohio

Municipal Attorneys Association

Achievements

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Government Relations Practice and Litigation in two areas- Municipal and Land Use & Zoning- since 2007

 

Rated as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” since 2004

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale.com- the highest available peer rating

Four-time Lawyer of the Year for Land Use & Zoning (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017) 

 

 

Two-time Lawyer of the Year for Municipal Litigation (2016, 2019)

 

Community Affiliations

Ohio Board of Regents, since 2008-2014

 

Hamilton County Board of Electionssince 1993, more than 20 years as Chair

 

Chair, Hamilton County Democratic Party, since 1993

 

Trustee, Cincinnati Zoo, 1980-1991

Chair, Senator Sherrod Brown’s Committee to Advise on Selection of the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshall for the No. District of Ohio, 2009

 

Get Out The Vote training session, four cities in Slovakia – under contract to U.S. State Department, 2002

President, Xavier University, Alumni Board of Governors, 1981-1982

 

International Supervisor of Election, Bosnia/Herzegovina, 1997

 

Commissioner, Cincinnati Park Board, 1991-1994

Publications

Numerous articles in Fraternal Law, published by Manley Burke for last 29 years, four times an academic year

Formerly served as frequent guest commentator on local NPR station

“The Right to Freedom of Association: Public/Private Distinctions (Chapter XII) in the Administration of Fraternal Organizations on North American Campuses: A Pattern for the New Millennium,” by Dennis E. Gregory and Associates, 2003

Presentations

2018, 2017, 2015 Presenter of Legal Updates Involving Fraternities and Sororities at the Annual National Conference on the Law and Higher Education

 

2011 – Panelist, National Conference on Law and Higher Education, “The Roberts Court and Free Speech,” Orlando, Florida

 

2010 – Presenter, “Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, 561 US __ (June 28, 2010). A Discussion of the Decision and its Impacts,” a national webinar sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy at Stetson University College of Law, August 2010

2010 – Lecturer, “The Consequences of Failing to Uphold Standards,” Chi Omega National Convention, Orlando, Florida, June 2010

 

Previous National Convention Presentations on fraternity legal issues for Pi Beta Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Fraternity Executives Convention, Association of Fraternity Advisors and National Panhellenic Conference, and National Association of College and University Attorneys

 

Campus presentations have included Ohio State University, Miami University, Wittenberg University, Cornell University, Washington and Lee University, Morehead State University, Findlay College and the University of Cincinnati

Previous National Convention Presentations on zoning and land use, American Planning Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Recreation and Parks Association, National Association of Community and Economic Development Officers

 

Numerous regional, state and local presentations on zoning and land use, eminent domain and election law