T. Michael Burke, Jr. (Mike), a native of Jacksonville, Florida, is a partner with Hall Booth Smith. He attended Florida State University and graduated in 1993 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Affairs. In 1998, he graduated Cum Laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While attending law school, Mike worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, in Columbia, S.C. Before coming to work at Hall Booth Smith, Mike was the law clerk for Superior Court Judges John D. Crosby and Gary C. McCorvey in the Tifton Judicial Circuit. He practices in all state and federal courts in Georgia and is admitted to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Mike is the past president of the Tifton Bar Association. Mike’s practice areas include medical malpractice, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, retail liability, products liability, agriculture, and motor vehicle liability.
Experienced in contract litigation, Mike helps clients draft, negotiate, and litigate various contracts that impact their property rights. The agriculture attorneys at HBS also handle appeals of Farm Service Agency (FSA) Payment determinations, prosecute and defend crop insurance claims, and assist with farm estate planning.
Mike is experienced in helping clients with a vast array of bankruptcy and business insolvency issues. Mike possesses profound business and economics knowledge and is intimately familiar with banks and financial institutions involving lender liability, real estate matters, letters of credit and general liability. Mike is also experienced in litigating suits to recover assets and support for all phases of reorganizations or sales of assets
Mike's products liability experience includes providing opinions on loss, evaluating the potential liability, and securing the necessary experts in order to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of potential litigation. Moreover, once litigation has been initiated, Mike has the experience and resources to provide the necessary defense.
Mike has served as counsel defending physicians and hospitals for most of his legal career. He aims for swift and favorable resolution of claims with minimal disruption of business relationships.
Mike has represented hospitals, large hospitality lines, and retail entities in the areas of trip and fall, slip and fall, and premises security litigation. He has achieved positive results in both State and Federal Courts. Mike is not only a zealous advocate for his clients, but he also readily assists in the formation of better business practices in order to avoid potential litigation in the future.
Mike has represented clients in both motor vehicle accidents and incidents involving common carriers. His experience includes providing opinions on loss coverage, apportionment among multiple carriers and policies, uninsured/underinsured motorists, and level of exposure.