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300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

D: +1 317 237 1242
F: +1 317 237 8442


Vanderbilt University Law School
J.D. (1973)
Vanderbilt University
B.A., magna cum laude (1970)

Brian K. Burke

Retired Partner

Brian Burke retired after a 35-year legal career with Faegre Baker Daniels in March 2012, and he no longer practices law. A certified civil mediator in Indiana, his litigation practice concentrated on business torts and unfair competition, employment, intellectual property, securities and products liability.

Before the merger of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels, Brian devoted more than 20 years to firm management and leadership through 2007. In 15 years as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, he led Baker & Daniels' expansion geographically across Indiana and around the globe, as well as doubling the number of lawyers and consultants practicing from offices in Indiana, Washington, D.C. and China. B&D Consulting, a division of Baker & Daniels, also grew in numbers and services, providing a national multidisciplinary team of government affairs, health reimbursement, media and public relations professionals from its office in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Brian helped the firm conceive and implement initiatives to improve and expand service to clients, accommodate more flexible work schedules for the firm's attorneys, raise the firm's visibility in the markets that it serves, enhance the firm's support of the communities in which its offices are located and strategize for the future needs and interests of the firm and clients.

After stepping down as Chair and Chief Executive Officer in 2007, Brian served the firm as Chair Emeritus and General Counsel through December 2011.

Throughout the years, Brian has been active in community service. In 2012, the Boy Scouts of America's Crossroads of America Council named its new Scout Education and Program Center after Brian and Charles Golden, co-chairs of a major gifts campaign that raised $16.7 million. Opened in 2010, the 25,000-square-foot Golden-Burke Scout Center serves as a vital hub so more youth, families and volunteers can participate in Scouting through additional training opportunities.


  • The Best Lawyers in America — Commercial Litigation, 2003-12, and Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-12
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Employment & Labor, since its first publication in 2004 to 2009 and 2011-12
  • Litigation Counsel of America — Fellow
  • Indiana Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation — Distinguished Fellow
  • Indiana Lawyer — Distinguished Barrister Award, 2007
  • National Boy Scouts of America — Winthrop Rockefeller Award, 2007
  • Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana's highest civilian honor) — Presented by Governor Joseph Kernan, 2005, and Governor Mitch Daniels, 2007
  • Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council — Silver Beaver Award, 2003, and Golden-Burke Center dedicated in his honor, 2012
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Vanderbilt Law Review — Managing Editor, 1972-73

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Litigation and Labor Law Sections, Legal Ethics and United Way Committees
  • Indiana Bar Foundation — Board of Directors
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association — Litigation-Business Torts Committee and Labor Law Sections
  • Lex Mundi — Board of Directors
  • New Managing Partners' Leadership Advisory Board — ALAS Managing Partner Committee, 2009-14

Civic Activities

  • Indianapolis City Market Corporation Board of Directors — Past President
  • Service Academies Selection Committee for Senator Evan Bayh, 1999-2010
  • Service Academies Selection Committee for Congressman Andre Carson
  • Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council — Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Past President


  • First 100 Days
    Co-facilitator, Seminar for new law firm Managing Partners, held twice annually, 2008-present
  • Strategic and Effective Practice Group Planning
    Ark's Practice Group Leadership Forum, Chicago, May 2008
  • Cultivating the Client-Focused Firm Through Proactive Leadership at the Strategic Business Unit
    Keynote Speaker, Practice Group Leadership Forum, Managing Partner Magazine Seminar, Chicago, 2007
  • Ask the Client — A Program for Assessing Performance
    Best Practices for Law Firm Management Conference, Miami, 2006
  • Empowering the Firm's COO and CFO to Run the Business of the Firm Like a Business
    The Law Firm Leadership Institute Conference, 2005
  • Law Firm Governance
    Lex Mundi Managing Partners' Conference, London, 2003
  • Using Compensation Systems as a Management Tool
    The Law Firm Partner Compensation Summit, Chicago, 2002
  • Shareholder Disputes
    Co-Chairman, Lorman Education Services, 1992
  • Shareholder Disputes in Closely Held Corporations
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1990
  • Injunctions
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1987
  • Covenants Not to Compete
    Indianapolis Bar Association, Mini-Seminar, 1985

Published Articles

  • Serving at the Pleasure of My Partners — Advice to the New Firm Leader,
    Co-editor with Patrick J. McKenna, Thomson Reuters, 2011
  • Leading Lawyers — On the Art & Science of Managing a Law Firm
    Inside the Minds: Firm Leadership, Aspatore Books, 2003
  • Litigating Minority Oppression/Excessive Compensation Cases
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1990
  • Injunction Hearing
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1987


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