Meet Jessica

Jessica Burke is the Founder of Burke Law. Ms. Burke grew up in Fairlee, Vermont and Hanover, New Hampshire.

Prior to founding Burke Law in 2011, Ms. Burke worked as a Public Defender in Chesapeake, Virginia where she tried hundreds of cases ranging from simple assault to first degree murder. She has also advocated for defendants’ rights in the international arena by touring correctional facilities and interviewing prisoners in Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations’ detainee treatment initiative. Ms. Burke’s practice is currently focused on criminal defense within Vermont, but she has been admitted to practice in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Virginia and has zealously represented criminal defendants in all four states. Ms. Burke has practiced in all 14 Vermont County Superior Criminal Courts and has argued before the full Vermont Supreme Court.

When Ms. Burke is outside of the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking with her two golden retrievers, running, and sampling Vermont’s finest craft brews.

Education

She attended Boston College where she obtained her B.A. in Political Science. She received her J.D. from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Case Results

State v. E.P. Docket 2018 VT 85
Charge: Sexual Assault
Disposition: Reduced charges of misdemeanor prohibited conduct
Case Result: The trial court wrongfully denied the defendant’s waiver of direct appeal at his change of plea. Burke Law appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court and won a reversal and remand to the trial court.

State v. N.B.
Charge: DUI & Civil DUI
County: Chittenden
Disposition: DUI civil Dismissed after hearing by the Court; DUI criminal reduced to Negligent Operation

State v. R.G.
Charge: Sexual Assault
County: Chittenden
Disposition: Prohibited Conduct (misdemeanor) & Simple Assault (misdemeanor)

State v. J.L.
Charge: Domestic Assault & Reckless Endangerment
Disposition: Dismissed

State v. M.S.
Charge: Negligent Operation
County: Chittenden
Disposition: Dismissed pre-arraignment

State v. M.F.
Charge: Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
County: Chittenden
Disposition: Prohibited Conduct (misdemeanor)

State v. R.B.
Charge: Aggravated Sexual Assault with a Child
County: Windsor
Disposition: Dismissed

State v. J.B.
Charge: Aggravated Assault
County: Chittenden
Disposition: Referred to Youthful Offender for non-criminal resolution

State v. E.V.
Charge: Negligent Operation
County: Chittenden
Disposition: Diversion

State v. O.C.
Charge: Possession of Stolen Property
County: Lamoille
Disposition: Diversion

State v. M.A.
Charge: DUI
County: Lamoille
Disposition: Diversion

State v. D.F.
Charge: DUI
County: Chittenden
Disposition: Dismissed

 

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If you have been charged with a crime, or if you have not been formally charged with crime but are party to an ongoing investigation, contact us to ensure that your rights are protected from the earliest stages of the process. We offer free consultations and will work with you to find a time that accommodates your schedule.