Dennis K. Burke

Of Counsel
Tel 602.798.5484
Fax 602.798.5595

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.

Following his years in government service, Dennis founded a national security consulting and business advisory firm, where he provided counsel to clients on investigations, corporate governance issues, federal and state government relations, and intellectual property enforcement. He also maintained a private law practice advising clients on white collar and immigration matters, handling internal investigations, and assisting with small business corporate governance.

His government experience also includes serving as Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice; a Senior Policy Analyst for the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton administration; and Majority Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he covered intellectual property, crime and enforcement, and judicial nominations.

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

Asian Pacific Community in Action, Public Service Award, 2008

Equality Arizona, Individual Award, 2008

Public Advocate Award, Chicanos Por La Causa, 2008

Lincoln Family Downtown Phoenix YMCA, Public Servant of the Year, 2007

Planned Parenthood of Central Arizona, Public Service Award, 2007

Minuteman Award, Arizona Army National Guard, 2006

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Honorary Posse Member, 2003

Legislative Support Award, National Association of Police Organizations, 1997


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

Board Memberships

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

Arizona-Mexico Commission, 2008

Goodwill of Central Arizona, 2001-2003

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