Dennis K. Burke

Of Counsel

Dennis K. Burke focuses his practice on white collar crime, internal investigations, commercial litigation, and government relations. He served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, and has more than 20 years of significant experience in federal and state government.

As the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Dennis oversaw all federal prosecutions in the state and led a range of investigations, including high-profile cases involving white collar crimes, drug trafficking, immigration issues, and fraud. He served for four years at the Arizona Attorney General's office, primarily as the Chief Deputy Attorney General. Dennis also was Senior Adviser to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and served as her Chief of Staff when she was Governor of Arizona. He also was a member of the Obama/Biden transition team that focused on homeland security administration and policy.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. James Moeller, Arizona Supreme Court, 1988-1989

Professional Activities

Global Security Innovative Strategies, Partner and General Counsel, 2013-2016

Arizona State University, Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, Executive Director, 2012-2013

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Adjunct Professor of Law, 1998, 2000

Recognition & Accomplishments

Profiles of Success Special Recognition Award, Valle Del Sol, 2011

University of Arizona College of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, Exemplary Leadership Award, 2008

Board Memberships & Community Service

Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS), 2014-present

Arizona-Mexico Commission, 2008

Goodwill of Central Arizona, 2001-2003


Co-author, "Immigration Form 1-9: A Form That Can Have Severe Consequences," Law Journal Newsletters, October 2019



University of Arizona College of Law (J.D. 1988, summa cum laude)
Executive Editor, Arizona Law Review

Georgetown University (A.B. 1985)



District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona