Michael Burke is a director and Vice President of King Hershey, PC. He is a life long Kansas City resident and attended Rockhurst High School. He received his undergraduate degree in History from Georgetown University in 1970 and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center where he was Research Editor for Law and Policy in International Business.
Mr. Burke has served in a variety of capacities on behalf of the City of Kansas City, Missouri including:
. First District City Councilman
. Chair of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC)
. Chair of the Impact Fee Advisory Committee
. Co-Chair of the 2007 Capital Improvements Sales Tax Campaign
. Co-Chair of the Downtown Bond Campaign
. Co-Chair of the 2005 Water Bond Campaign
. Chair of the All America City Committee
. Chair of the Kansas City Riverfest
. Board of Directors of the Convention and Visitors Association
. Chair of the Kansas City Port Authority
. Board of Directors of the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority
. Member and Subcommittee Chair of the Community Infrastructure Committee
. Chair of the Riverfront Development Task Force
. Member of the Advisory Committee on the Kansas City Development Code
. Advisory Committee Kansas City Trails Task Force
Mr. Burke is active in the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Northland Chamber of Commerce. He currently is serving as co-chair of the Mayor's Task Force for the Arts and as co-chair of the Mayor's Bi-State Innovation Team. He is a member of the Chamber's Kansas City Business Leadership Council working with the City of Kansas City on long range budget issues.
Mr. Burke's legal career which began in 1973 includes representation of a wide variety of both public and private clients in the area of land use, municipal law and real estate development. He was a founding member and legal counsel to the Platte County Industrial Development Authority. He has served as general counsel to the Kansas City Port Authority. Mr. Burke served as lead attorney in the City's and Port Authority's sale of the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, a complicated transaction requiring the involvement of a dozen Federal, State and local agencies. Mr. Burke was also lead counsel on the sale of approximately 4,000 acres of industrial property in Kansas City to an affiliate of the Mormon Church.
Kansas City Magazine has recognized Mr. Burke's legal achievements for three years in a row with the 'Super Lawyer' designation as Top Attorney in the category of Government/Cities and Municipalities.
He currently serves on the Local Government Law and Real Estate Committees of the Kansas City and Missouri Bar Associations.