John J. Burke

Of Counsel | E: | P: 208-343-5454 |

Mr. Burke joined the firm in January 2013. He is an experienced litigation attorney who focuses on defending cases involving professional and medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and civil rights (Section 1983) claims. He also advises hospitals and healthcare providers in health law. Before joining Elam & Burke, Mr. Burke practiced law at Farley, Oberrecht, Harwood & Burke, P.A. from 1992-2012.



  • University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1992, William H. Leary Scholar
  • Weber State, A.S. Nursing, 1981; B.S. 1989, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho State Bar and Federal Courts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Idaho State Bar (Health Law Section)
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors 2006-2010; past President 2010-2011)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) (NW Region Director 2011-2014
  • Board Liaison to DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee
  • State Liaison for DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee