John M. Burke


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Practice Areas

BURKE1025Personal Injury – Consumer Cases – Commercial Litigation – Worker’s Compensation


Seton Hall University School of Law, JD 1997

St. Peter’s College, BA 1993

Academic Involvement

Constitutional Law Journal, 1995-1996

Bar/Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1997

U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997

Professional Activities

New Jersey Association for Justice, Member, 1998-Present

Hudson County Bar Association, Trustee, 2006-2009

St. Peter’s University, Professor

Rutgers University, Professor

Hudson County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee


John is active runner and is aware of the perils that joggers and pedestrians face these days, especially as incidents of distracted drivers increase with the use of cell phone and motorists texting while driving. John was quoted in a Runner’s World Magazine article concerning runner safety. Some of John’s recent race results are below:

2001 NYC Marathon = 4:04:03
2010 New Jersey Marathon = 4:20:10
2010 Philadelphia Marathon = 3:56:29
2011 Philadelphia Marathon = 3:48:15
2012 Glen Ridge / Ashenfelter 8K = 40:29


In 2018, John obtained a $1,250,000. settlement for a man injured by a tractor trailer accident while he was working at a garbage facility. The accident victim sustained injuries to his foot, jaw, shoulder and back. Initially, the insurance carriers for all involved completely denied responsibility for the man’s injuries. By investigating and taking depositions of the witnesses and people involved John was able to get the case settled for the injured worker. By using his twenty years of experience in handling accident cases throughout the State of New Jersey and hiring qualified expert witnesses to be able to explain to a jury (and insurance company representatives) why a truck driver and a facility operator were at fault for this worker’s injuries, John was able to obtain this good settlement for his Client. The case settled after a mediation session with a retired New Jersey Judge.

In 2009, Mr. Burke was co-counsel with the Locks Law Firm who filed a Class Action law suit on behalf of a policyholder and a class of 21st Century standard automobile policyholders who purchased automobile liability policies with PIP medical expense coverage limits of less than $250,000. The matter was approved for final settlement on July 16, 2012 by the Hon. Jerome Simandle, USDC. As a result of this lawsuit, Defendants’ had instituted changes in their policies and practices with regard to obtaining Coverage Selection Forms from their insureds, and had taken remedial steps by reforming policies up to $250,000 in PIP coverage where PIP claims where open. Defendants changed practices regarding obtaining CSFs during renewal of existing policyholders where PIP coverage was indicated at less than $250,000. As a result of Plaintiff’s lawsuit, 21st Century reformed PIP coverage in 4,298 active policies to $250,000 (the majority which were previously set at $15,000), thereby providing approximately $1.1 billion in additional PIP coverage under such policies to New Jersey motorists In addition, regarding actual claims filed, as a result of this lawsuit, 21st Century reformed PIP coverage to $250,000 in 561 “open” claim files thereby affording such claimants over $100 million in additional potential PIP coverage for their claims.

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