Christopher C. Burke

Law Practice

Mr. Burke's practice focuses on complex litigation, with primary emphasis on commercial, business, products liability, personal injury, transportation, and civil litigation. He has been the lead counsel among the defense group representing product manufacturers in asbestos personal injury litigation in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. His trial experiences covers a broad range of substantive law, including employment, medical malpractice, construction, products liability, transportation accidents, and commercial and business transactions litigated in numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has experience in class action litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He also has significant experience in appellate practice.

He has served on the Idaho Federal Court panels of approved arbitrators and mediators and on the Idaho Supreme Court panel of approved mediators.

bar admissions Bar Admissions

  • Idaho

court admissions Court Admissions

  • Idaho State Courts
  • United States District Court, Idaho
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice: Wyoming, Utah, Montana, and Alaska

education Education

  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Stanford University, B.A. History, 1973

Professional Activities & Associations

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005-Present
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers 2007-Present
  • Super Lawyer Honoree - 2011
  • Best Lawyers recognition, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation Defendants - 2015

Community Activities

Presentations & Publications

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science, Boise State University, 1991-92, teaching Civil Procedure, Evidence.
  • Lorman Education Services Seminar, "Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Idaho," 2003
  • Mock Trial

Reported Cases

  • Adams v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., et al., 596 F. Supp. 1407 (D. Idaho 1984)
  • Adams v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., et al., 664 F. Supp. 463 (D. Idaho 1987)
  • Adams v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., et al., 847 F.2d 589 (9th Cir. 1988);
  • Meyer, Belisle, & Jenkins v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., et al., 643 F. Supp. 17 (D. Idaho 1985)
  • Meyer, Belisle, & Jenkins v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., et al., 820 F.2d 329 (9th Cir. 1987)
  • American Tritacali, Inc. v. Nytco Services, Inc. and Franz, 664 F.2d 1136 (9th Cir. 1981)
  • Sunshine Mining Company v. Allendale Mutual Insurance Company, et al., 105 Idaho 133, 666 P.2d 1144 (1983); 107 Idaho 25, 684 P.2d 1002 (1984)
  • In Re Complaint of Diehl, 610 F. Supp. 223 (D. Idaho 1985)
  • Burt v. Justices of the Idaho Supreme Court, 835 F.2d 1434 (9th Cir. 1987); Cert. denied, 490 U.S. 1075, 109 S.Ct. 2087 (1989)
  • Bunt v. City of Garden City, 118 Idaho 427, 797 P.2d 135 (Idaho 1990)
  • Lankford v. Nicholson Manufacturing Co., 126 Idaho 187, 879 P.2d 1120 (1994)
  • Regjovich v. First Western Investments, 997 P.2d 615 (2000)
  • In re Universe Life Ins. Co., 144 Idaho 751, 171 P.3d 242 Idaho, (2007)
  • Castorena v. General Electric, et al., 238 P.3d 209 (2010)