Attorney Kathleen Burke has been appointed magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court in Akron. She replaces Benita Y. Pearson, who was appointed as a district judge this
Burke received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.
Burke started her legal career at Jones Day in Cleveland as an associate in 1973 and became partner in 1982. While at Jones Day, Burke practiced civil litigation, representing clients at every level of the state and federal court systems. In August 2009 Governor Ted Strickland appointed her executive director of the Ohio Lottery Commission, serving in that capacity until 2011.
Burke has been very active in various bar associations. She is a founding member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (1991) and remains a member; was the first woman president of the Ohio State Bar Association (1993-1994) and continues to serve on the Council of Delegates; and was a state delegate to the American Bar Association (2002-2009).
Throughout her legal career Burke has received numerous honors and awards:
• The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2009), Commercial Litigation
• St. Thomas More Award, Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, 2008
• Cleveland YWCA, Woman of Achievement Award, 2004
• Ohio Bar Medal, 2002
• Women of Note, Crain's Cleveland Business, September 2002
• St. John's University, President's Medal, 1993