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The Law Firm of Burke, Burke & Burke began in 1928 as a one person firm.  Since that time the firm has increased in size and scope.  The Immigration Section was inaugurated in 1968 when Richard A. Burke joined the firm and has been in full operation since.   It consists of three attorneys plus one attorney of counsel focusing exclusively on deportation work.  In addition, there are five Legal Assistants and one accountant-office manager.

We perform pro bono work for indigent clients but only if referred by a religious or not for profit organization.

During the summer months, it is the policy of the firm to accept one intern who is interested in the field of Immigration Law.  We’re proud to be available as mentors to other lawyers.

While it is almost impossible to set an estimate on the number of clients who have obtained their Permanent Residence and United States Citizenship through the firm, it would be a reasonable calculation to state they would number in the thousands and their countries or origin are throughout the world – from A to Z: Australia to Zambia and all the countries in between.

Mr. Burke worked as a Social Worker for the State and City of New York before entering the practice of law.

RICHARD A. BURKE, ESQ. – Biography

  • City College of New York, Bachelors of Arts in 1963
  • The University of Mississippi, Juris Doctor in 1966
  • Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • Trinity College, Dublin
Every two years, a certification is made to the State of New York that the attorney has kept up with his skills by completing a minimum of 24 hours of Continuous Legal Education in Citizenship and Immigration Law.

  • Court of Appeals for the State of New York.
  • Mississippi Supreme Court.
  • District of Columbia Courts
  • The Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Federal District Courts in New York and Mississippi.
  • United States Tax Court.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association; Registered Mentor to other Immigration Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar

AFFILIATIONS (Past and Present):

Mr. Burke holds dual citizenship of the United States and Ireland; A three term President  of the  Lions Club ; The American Youth Hostel Association New York Board;   A Small Claims Judge in Harlem;  Circumnavigator Club of New York for individuals who have traveled around the world (six times); A volunteer in the Paleontology Department at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC; An Auxiliary Police Officer for the City of New York;  Served in the United States Marine Corps; Awarded membership in. Lamar Order (Legal Award Society); Phi Alpha Delta (Legal fraternity).


  • Traveled to 216 countries with life time goal to visit every country in the world
  • Delight in the study of different cultures, religions and cuisines
  • Avid bicyclist (cross country from New York to Vancover, Canada) and day hiker
  • Backpacked the  2400 mile Appalachian Trail over a ten year period
  • Climbed Mt. Kilmanjaro in Africa
  • Amateur Entomologist (study of insect life)
  • Enthusiastic reader of 19th century Victorian literature, American History and Sherlock Holmes novels
  • Former member of the Royal Welch Fusiliers (Revolutionary War Re-enactors)

Richard A. Burke, Esq.