A Commitment to Quality

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP has been a trusted source for legal knowledge, strategy, and solutions in California since 1927.


For over ninety years, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP has served the public agencies and private business entities of California.

Today, with over one hundred attorneys and nine offices throughout California, we are fully prepared to meet your legal needs. Our clients value not only our expertise and efficiency, but also our integrity and responsiveness. In each of our eight primary practice groups, our only focus is to serve our clients so that they may receive the very best possible result: Commitment.

Earning Trust

The most important factor of all when you choose your legal representation is trust.


For over ninety years, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP has served the public agencies and private business entities of California.

In all our work, and in all our areas of legal expertise, our growth and strength have derived from a commitment to serve our clients while following sound business practices in an environment that celebrates diversity and fosters professional development. Our reputation, however, is based on more than just our flexible, task-oriented approach to providing high-quality legal services rooted in our attorneys' expertise, skills, and performance. Our clients also value us for our honesty, reliability, accessibility, efficiency, and prompt responsiveness, all qualities that form a foundation for the most important factor of all when you choose legal representation: Trust.

A Culture of Inclusion.

Reflecting the diversity of our community and our clients.


Burke is committed to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity values shared in the communities where we practice and by the clients we serve.

Diversity matters at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP … and we practice what we preach. Our goal of complete diversity in recruiting, hiring, training, mentoring and advancement is not only the right path to pursue, but it makes us better lawyers. Understanding the clients we serve and their perspectives, and the perspectives of those served by our clients, makes us uniquely qualified to provide a higher quality of legal services. We strongly adhere to the belief that our clients and lawyers benefit from a workforce that fully reflects the rich variety of race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ethnicity existing today in the communities we serve. Diversity.

A legacy of Service

A family business, innovating and leading the way since 1927.


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.