Michael F. Burke is the chair of the Real Estate and Finance Department and a member of the Land Use practice group. He represents real estate developers in the acquisition, development, permitting and complex financing of an array of developments, including industrial and office parks, hotels, shopping malls, life/science developments, mixed-use projects, and apartment and condominium complexes; and landlords and tenants in leasing transactions totaling millions of square feet of space as well as sale-leasebacks, ground leases and build-to-suit leases. Michael has extensive experience in the areas of zoning and land use permitting. He represents partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate investment trusts and real estate funds with properties throughout the United States. Additionally, Michael has extensive experience in negotiating joint venture agreements on complex real estate development projects.
Michael is a member of several professional associations, including the Boston Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association, the Real Estate Finance Association of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Building Owners and Managers Association. He has previously been involved with the Artery Business Committee.
Michael is active in several charitable organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA and on the Board of Directors of the Boston Local Development Corporation. He has served on the Board of Overseers of the Greater Boston Aid to the Blind. Additionally, Michael has served as an elected member and chairperson of the School Committee for the Town of Swampscott and as an elected Town Meeting Member in Swampscott. Michael has also served as an officer of P&O Properties Boston, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of The Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Company; a publicly-held company based in the United Kingdom whose wholly-owned affiliate, Boston Wharf Co., once owned 70 buildings in Boston.