News & Events

News & Events


January 11, 2017

Burke, Williams & Sorensen Names Three New Owners

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, announced that it has named 3 new owners from its partnership ranks, effective January 1, 2017.  The new owners are Gregory R. Aker (Oakland), Susan E. Bloch (Oakland), and Anna C. Shimko (San Francisco). 

June 9, 2016

Burke Included in "BTI Most Recommended Law Firms 2016"

The BTI Most Recommended Law Firms 2016 report is out. Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP is one of only 55 law firms recommended by top legal decision makers to their peers for its client service for 2 years in a row.

June 2, 2016


Burke, Williams & Sorensen is saddened to share that James T. Bradshaw, Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

May 20, 2016

Sunnyvale: Trial Between City and Alternative School Over Zoning Comes to a Close

The Mercury News, by Victoria Kezra,

Burke Attorney John R. Yeh cited in San Jose Mercury News Article about Zoning Trial.


June 6, 2017

Required Harassment Prevention for Staff/Board

Kelly A. Trainer, Traci I. Park

Receive your harassment prevention compliance training for special districts with this webinar.

April 22, 2017

Ideas and Challenges Related to the Cannabis Industry and Real Property - Financing, Leasing, Selling, Buying, and Permit Compliance

Nira F. Doherty

This panel will explore some challenges and creative solutions surrounding the implementation of the California laws related to cannabis for real property, including ensuring compliance with the law, federal concerns, security, and financing property with a largely cash-only business. Join for an interactive discussion on approaches to resolving sometimes diverging interests to help everyone achieve their business goals.

January 19, 2017

Communications and the New Media

Traci I. Park

With so many advancements in social media over the last several years, it can be hard to keep up with the do’s and don’ts of every platform. There is a wide variety of almost immediate online informational sources, and elected officials need to be quick on their feet with the necessary skills to proactively manage public perceptions about local governmental affairs. Discover what cities should be doing to communicate with their constituents in the 21st Century, and the new forms of media that must be embraced.

January 18, 2017

Your Legal Powers and 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.

October 21, 2016

Ethics: Considerations for Your Eminent Domain Practice

Benjamin L. Stock

This conference is specifically designed for appraisers, planners, right of way professionals,
attorneys, engineers, property owners, government officials, and anyone else involved in
or affected by condemnation law in California.

October 17, 2016

Is It "E-legal"?: The Legal Practicalities and Pitfalls of E-investigation, E-signatures, and E-litigation

Melissa M. Cowan

#yourE-legalteamishere! "Like it" or not -- e-issues are trending in claims and litigation circles. Get "linked in" with your E-legal team for a real-time discussion of everything "e-legal" -- from social media, pretext, and surveillance to legal pitfalls to the part you play in litigation. We'll connect F2F (face to face) on those issues that come up IRL (in real life). #FTW (for the win).

October 16, 2016

Rescission: Attacks and Comebacks

Melissa M. Cowan

To rescind or not to rescind? Whether you're a novice or a veteran of life, health, or disability claims, you will face this recission conundrum. Seasoned in-house and outside counsel will demystify the basics, quirks, and trends in rescission, while exploring the common legal attacks and strategic defense "comebacks" in litigation. Don't miss out!

October 6, 2016

Exploring the Depths of Disability Discrimination

Katy A. Suttorp

In this presentation, we skim the surface of disability basics before diving into four particular challenges faced by school districts dealing with disability discrimination and accommodation issues – abuse of leave, uncooperative employees, effective documentation, and retaliation claims. We will guide participants through the various laws and regulations that create and shape school districts’ obligations towards their disabled employees and highlight key considerations in developing effective internal policies and practices.  Participants will develop further insight by issue-spotting potential obstacles and developing practical solutions based on relevant legal developments.

October 6, 2016

Medical Marijuana: Continuing Regulatory Changes

Stephen A. McEwen

Receive the latest updates on the state’s implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. Challenges cities have faced along with potential solutions in crafting local regulations will be highlighted. Hear how a marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot may change the regulatory picture for cities.

September 29, 2016

Webinar: The Brown Act

J. Leah Castella, Thomas D. Jex

This webinar will provide an overview on when and how to communicate with officials to be in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act and help you understand the role and rules limiting your agency’s clerk, executives and local officials in the decision-making process. Additionally, panelists will share relevant updates and hypothetical examples of missteps and how to avoid them.

September 16, 2016

Litigating Strategies for Filing ERISA Case v. Filing Non ERISA Cases, Procedural Nuances in the Early Stages of Pleadings, Finding More Favorable Venues, and Transfer of Venue

Daniel W. Maguire

The nation’s premier conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims returns to Boston for its 19th year, led by an unparalleled faculty of in-house industry experts, jurists, cutting edge medical professionals, and renowned plaintiff and defense attorneys.