Michael Burke is a partner in the Corporate Practice of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, in the Washington, DC office. He has significant experience in cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, including the structure and execution of mergers and acquisitions; the building and operation of joint ventures and strategic alliances; private equity investments; creation of distribution and reseller networks, and technology licensing.
His experience in efficiently structuring successful transactions and mitigating legal risk includes domestic, international outbound, and international inbound transactions. Mr. Burke provides creative, effective, and efficient ‘business-sensible’ legal advice so companies of all sizes, including emerging growth companies, can turn legal challenges into business opportunities. He has a specific focus on advising Irish and Northern Irish companies on doing business in the United States, and his experience extends from life sciences through manufacturing, software, retail and online businesses.
His father’s family is from Cahir, Tipperary, and his mother’s family is from Castlerea, Roscommon.
Mr. Burke also has significant experience advising clients on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. export controls and economic sanctions programs, and U.S. antiboycott regulations. He has experience representing clients in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Foreign Assets Control (U.S. Department of the Treasury), Department of Defense Trade Controls (U.S. Department of State), and the Bureau of Industry and Security (U.S. Department of Commerce). For additional information, visit Client Successes and Representative Experience.
He is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Section Officer’s Conference and serves as a liaison to the Association’s Board of Governors. He is past chair of the 23,000-member American Bar Association Section of International Law, and was the youngest person elected chair of that Section. Mr. Burke serves as a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association/United Nations Development Programme International Legal Resource Center, a project providing a legal resource capability to serve UNDP global governance programs and projects supporting legal reform and democratic institution building. He is an editor and co-author of the “Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Doing Business in China”, 3d ed., and more than 45 articles on international business.
- Business & Finance Magazine Global 100 Irish Business Leaders 2014
- AV Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
- Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2014
- Irish Legal 100, 2012 and 2013
Technical Legal Assistance Projects
- Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Advised on Unified Enterprise Law and Unified Common Investment Law);
- People’s Republic of China (Counseled on Chinese Enterprises by Foreign Investors; Securities Law; Company Law; and the Regulation on the Administration of Foreign-invested Venture Capital Enterprises); and
- Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (Advised on Federalism and Drafting of new Constitution).
- Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 1998
- Journal: Tax Lawyer; Primary Editor of The State and Local Tax Lawyer
- Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science – Foreign Service, 1993, Cum Laude
- Selected for School of Foreign Service Scholars (Honors) Program
- District of Columbia Bar, 2002
- State of New York, 2000
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2002
- United States Court of International Trade, 2002
- United States Supreme Court, 2002