Thomas Burke

Tel 215.864.8463
Fax 215.864.8999

Thomas F. Burke focuses his practice on internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement defense. Tom joined the firm in 2015 after federal district and appellate clerkships and a four-year term at the New York County District Attorney's Office. As an assistant district attorney, Tom tried fourteen felony cases to verdict and supervised long-term investigations into narcotics trafficking, identity theft, and embezzlement. Tom also works on matters that involve complex federal constitutional law and statutory construction.

Tom's practice builds upon his extensive experience with federal and state litigation and includes the following:

  • Providing clients with strategic advice on proactively reducing exposure to federal and state investigations;
  • Negotiating favorable non-public resolutions with the CFPB and DOJ in investigations relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the False Claims Act;
  • Supervising early-stage fact-gathering and document production in complex commercial and regulatory enforcement matters;
  • Developing constitutional and statutory legal theories in connection with dispositive motion practice and trial; and
  • Drafting appellate briefs before federal and state courts of last resort.

Pro Bono Experience

Tom maintains an active pro bono practice. He has provided hundreds of hours of litigation assistance in a variety of state-level forums, including Philadelphia Family Court, the Court of Common Pleas, and Pennsylvania Superior Court. He has also advised non-profit clients on federal and state constitutional and statutory questions.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2013-15)

Hon. Harvey J. Bartle III, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2007-09)


Author, "The Tangled Web of Student Loan Servicer Licensing Laws," Cornerstone Support, Inc. blog alert, August 22, 2019

Co-author, "Rosenstein Announces New DOJ Policies to Reduce 'Piling On' and Refocus Corporate Enforcement," Ballard Spahr alert, May 9, 2018

Co-author, "Virtual Currency Is a Commodity Regulated by the CFTC, Eastern District of New York Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, March 8, 2018

Co-author, "Courts Scrutinizing Warrants for Electronic Data," Law360, October 4, 2017 

Co-author, "How McDonnell Changes Public Corruption Prosecution," Law360, June 30, 2016

Co-author, "Supreme Court Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of RICO," Ballard Spahr alert, June 21, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "The Impact of Winebarger v. PHEAA," Student Loan Servicing Alliance Weekly Membership Call, August 28, 2019

Speaker, "The Impact of Nelson v. Great Lakes," Education Finance Council, Alternative Education Loan Work Group Conference Call, July 11, 2019

Speaker, "Blockchain Technology: A Guide for Beginners," NYCHER Annual Conference, June 4, 2019

Panelist, "Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, The Next Big Thing?", Governor's Office of General Counsel, OGC University 2018, Harrisburg, September 14, 2018

Panelist, "Legal Considerations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain," The Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section's Banking & Commercial Finance, Cyberlaw, and Securities Regulation Committees CLE, Philadelphia, June 26, 2018

Speaker, "Initial Coin Offerings: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Digital Crowdfunding Without Going to the Dark Side," New York State Bar Association's Global Law Week, New York, June 13, 2018

Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
Supervising Editor, The Journal on Legislation

Pennsylvania State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2004)
Phi Beta Kappa

New York


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois