Areas of Practice
University of Minnesota, B.A., 2012
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2015
Michael T. Burke
Assistant Tasha Meyer
Assistant Phone (612) 746-0110
Michael is an associate with Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson, P.A., where he represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters in both state and federal court. Prior to joining the firm, Michael clerked for the Honorable Lezlie O. Marek of Ramsey County District Court and served as a judicial extern to Federal Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau. During law school, Michael was a managing editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology and a research assistant for a professor. Michael graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, and received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Minnesota. Michael takes pride in his work and enjoys guiding clients throughout the litigation process and advising them on the steps necessary to avoid potential disputes.
Honors & Awards
University of Minnesota Law School Dean's List
Managing Editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
Obtained summary judgment on claims for breach of easement, trespass, and statutory violations of Wis. Stat. §§ 182.017(5) and 26.09. Boad S. Swanson v. CenturyTel of Northwest Wisconsin, LLC, 2019CV112 (Wis. Cir. Ct. Nov. 4, 2020).
Obtained summary judgment for general contractor on claims alleging that the general contractor’s duty of care extended beyond the construction zone. Johnson v. Mathiowetz Constr. Co., Court File No. 74-CV-19-1044 (Apr. 2, 2020).
Obtained summary judgment for a regional hospital on claim alleging retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act and Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act. Olinger v. Renville Cty. Hosp. & Clinics, 2019 WL 5901379 (D. Minn. Nov. 12, 2019) (ECT/TNL).
Obtained summary judgment on a more than quarter-million dollar claim for contribution and indemnity pertaining to a damaged wind turbine. Juhl Energy, Inc. v. G. NcNeilus, LLC et al., Dodge Court File No. 20-CV-18-146 (Oct. 29, 2019).
Defeated multi-million dollar pharmaceutical malprctice claims on summary judgment.
Obtained over $100,000.00 judgment, including costs and attorneys’ fees, for a commercial building owner in a breach of contract claim. FTK Properties, Inc. v. Faisal Rammouni, individually and d/b/a/ Vision Commc’ns, LLC, Hennepin County Court File NO. 27-CV-17-16290 (Apr. 3, 2019).
Professional Associations & Memberships
Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association – Co-chair of the New Lawyer’s Committee
Defense Research Institute
Published Works / Presentations
Click it or Zip it: It’s Time to Rethink the Seat-belt Gag Rule, BENCH & BAR MINN. (Jan. 4, 2021). https://www.mnbar.org/resources/publications/bench-bar/articles/2021/01/04/click-it-or-zip-it-it-s-time-to-rethink-the-seat-belt-gag-rule
The Advocacy Preferences of Construction Arbitrators, J. of the Am. Coll. of Constr. Lawyers (Winter 2020). https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.mdla.org/resource/resmgr/media/MDLA-Magazine-Winter-2020.pdf
HIPAA & Other Privacy Laws Affecting the Workplace, Nonprofit Insurance Trust Employment Practices Seminar, June 2017
Pandora’s Inbox: NLRB Changes Email Rules, BENCH & BAR MINN. Mar. 10, 2015
Incomplete Repairs: New Remedies for Disputes in Residential Construction, BENCH & BAR MINN. Oct. 12, 2011