Our Firm History

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP originated as a law firm in 1927, founded by two brothers, Louis H. Burke and Martin J. Burke, and Thomas P. White.  From its inception, the firm specialized in corporate law and business litigation.  In 1938, the firm also embarked on what was at the time a unique specialty - the representation of public entities.  Always striving for excellence in its attorneys, two of the firm's founding partners, Louis H. Burke and Thomas P. White, went on to serve as California Supreme Court Justices.  Throughout its growth over the years, and into the new millennium, Burke has retained its roots in real estate and business law and litigation, and as one of the preeminent firms in the fields of public law, education law, and labor and employment law.