News & Events

News & Events


February 16, 2016

Two Burke Partners Named BTI Client Service All-Stars!

Cheryl L. Johnson-Hartwell, H. James Wulfsberg

H. James Wulfsberg and Cheryl Johnson-Hartwell were recently named BTI Client Service All-Stars. Jim and Cheryl are 2 of just 312 attorneys to receive this distinction. BTI Client Service All-Stars are identified solely and exclusively by corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 organizations. Click here to learn more about BTI Client Service All-Stars and how they are selected.

January 2016

Burke is pleased to announce that Cheryl L. Johnson-Hartwell has become an owner of the firm.

Ms. Johnson-Hartwell became an owner of the firm effective January 1, 2016.

October 19-23, 2015

Burke Attorneys Present at CALPELRA's 40th Annual Training Conference

Daphne M. Anneet, Jaime L. Bodiford, Timothy L. Davis, Janae H. Novotny, Traci I. Park, Janet Cory Sommer, M. Carol Stevens, Katy A. Suttorp, Samantha W. Zutler

Burke attorneys are presenting again at this year's CALPELRA conference.  Be sure to stop by and visit us at Booth 34!

July 21, 2015


Burke’s attorneys and staff mourn the recent passing of former long-time partner, owner, of counsel, and friend, Carl K. Newton. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

July 17, 2015


Congratulations to Burke partner Ronald F. Frank who was appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Governor Brown on July 16, 2015.  Ron joined Burke as a partner in 2008 serving as chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. 


January 20, 2016

Your Legal Powers & Obligations

Thomas B. Brown

You were elected to make things happen in your city.  Learn the breadth, as well as the limitations, of your powers as a city official. Acquire a basic understanding of the legal authorities and restrictions under which cities and city officials operate with a focus on the Brown Act.

November 19, 2015

Marijuana Legal Update and Municipal Regulation Webinar

Thomas B. Brown

As California law regarding recreational and medical marijuana evolves, cities and counties face the challenge of whether to and how to regulate it.  This webinar provides information from two municipal attorneys, Thomas B. Brown or Burke, Wiliams & Sorensen and Arthur Wylene of Tehama County Counsel.  Mr. Brown and Mr. Wylene have been involved with medical marijuana regulation at the local government level and provide an update to California initiatives, legislation, and case law. 

November 16, 2015

Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act

Stephen A. McEwen

The League of California Cities is hosting an informational briefing on the Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act for its members. 

November 12, 2015

State Housing Programs

Susan E. Bloch

Burke is proud to sponsor the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (Cal-ALHFA) annual conference. Burke partner, Susan Bloch, will moderate a panel discussion on State legislative and regulatory updates with representatives from CDLAC, CTCAC, HCD and CalHFA. Additional speakers will discuss Rent Control, Fair Housing, and other affordable housing issues.

November 9, 2015

Informational Briefing on the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act

Stephen A. McEwen

The League of California Cities is hosting an informational briefing on the Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act for its members.  

September 15, 2015

Boundary Issues and Easement Law

Alan A. Sozio

This informative program will review the fundamentals of easements from an expert attorney's view so you can remain up to date. Learn how to evaluate and resolve boundary related disputes using remedies and strategies that will provide your clients with the best outcome.