Oakland City Attorney

Oakland City Attorney

Oakland City Attorney

Oakland City Attorney



John A.


Supervising Deputy City Attorney

Litigation Division

General and Complex Litigation Unit

John A. Burke serves as Supervising Deputy City Attorney in the General & Complex Litigation division. He handles and supervises the defense of the City in a variety of litigated matters including inverse condemnation, wrongful death, personal injury, wrongful termination cases and lawsuits alleging statutory or constitutional violations. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office in 2022, Mr. Burke spent more than 30 years in private practice litigating and trying cases, including the last 15 years at Bishop | Barry, PC in Emeryville, where he managed the firm’s complex litigation and general liability trial team.

Mr. Burke has a BS with honors in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University and a JD with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law.