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Thomas R. Burke

Thomas R. Burke

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Thomas R. Burke is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco.  With over 23 years of trial and appellate court experience, Mr. Burke regularly defends and counsels clients (including journalists, authors, publishers, television networks, studios, and Internet companies) in libel, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, and IP litigation, including Internet content liability matters.  Since 2002, Mr. Burke also teaches media law at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.  For the past decade, Mr. Burke has been recognized in First Amendment and Media Law in Best Lawyers in America; listed as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Media & Entertainment Litigation (California) by Chambers USA, and a Super Lawyer” in First Amendment Law in Northern California.  Mr. Burke is a long-time legal advisor to the First Amendment Coalition, a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and outside counsel to the Center for Investigative Reporting.  Mr. Burke earned his B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism and graduated magna cum laude in 1984 from Arizona State University and earned his J.D., magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1989.

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