Kim K. Burke - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Kim K. Burke

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991
Phone: 513-357-9369

KIM K. BURKE serves as the partner responsible for Taft's Ohio Environmental Practice. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980. After working for the Bureau of Legal Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Mr. Burke became associated with a Pittsburgh law firm specializing in litigation and environmental matters. In 1981 Mr. Burke joined the Taft law firm, where he has concentrated in a variety of environmental law areas, including Superfund defense and negotiation, development and implementation of hazardous substance remedial investigation and corrective measure plans, defense of toxic tort and other civil and criminal claims, real estate transfers, acquisitions and divestitures, government funding, including stimulus and brownfields, environmental insurance litigation, air permits and administrative proceedings before state and federal environmental agencies. Mr. Burke also counsels clients as part of Taft's Sustainability Initiative, including design, construction, engineering, permitting, operation and maintenance of sustainable buildings. Mr. Burke was an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he taught a course on advanced problems in environmental law. He also served through 1991 as chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Environment and Occupational Safety and Health Committee, was a member of the City of Cincinnati Environmental Advisory Council, has served as legal representative of the City of Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Advisory Committee. He is past chairman of the Cincinnati Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and was formerly chairman of the legal affairs subcommittee for the Hamilton County Advisory Committee on Chemical Emergency Response. Mr. Burke is a member of the SARA Title III Local Emergency Planning Committee and also is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Master Level. Mr. Burke has been named to the Woodward-White listing of The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy Business magazine. He has been honored with inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers and has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer by the publishers of Cincinnati Magazine and Law & Politics magazine. He is the recipient of the 2015 National Law Journal's Trailblazer Award for Energy & Environment.  Mr. Burke has represented clients in numerous environmental litigation, Superfund, RCRA and cleanup matters in more than 25 states around the country.

Indiana University of PennsylvaniaBS 1977University of Pittsburgh School of LawJ.D. 1980
Hamilton County Local Emergency Planning CommitteeCentre College, Danville, KYPotter Stewart American Inn of CourtInstitute of Hazardous Materials Management

Case History

Chevron Environmental Management Co. v. Helena Chemical Company, 2001 WL 1530355 (N.D. Miss. 2001), appeal dismissed, 5th Cir. Court of Appeals (2005). — Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed appeal from summary judgment entered in favor of client in pesticide contamination case
Harry Stevens Farms, Inc. et al. v. Wormald Americas, Inc., Helena Chemical Company, et al., 2007 WL 3217525 (E.D. Ark. 2007), reversed and remanded, 571 F.3d 820 (8th Cir. 2009) — Groundwater and soil contamination case brought against client by nearby farm
Kuck Trucking Inc. v. Brenntag West, et al, 2009 MT 328N — Montana Supreme Court: affirmed summary judgment in favor of client in groundwater contamination case

Client Comments

"I am still very pleased with the work and professionalism of Kim. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an environmental lawyer."

-Donald J. McConnell
Senior Corporate environmental Counsel
The Sherwin-Williams Company

"Kim is a very knowledgeable and effective lawyer. He is always available and quick to respond to any given emergency issue. He is always a pleasure to work with and is a pro who knows the law and can obtain results. I highly recommend Kim to anyone in need of an environmental lawyer."

-Donald J. McConnell
Senior Corporate environmental Counsel
The Sherwin-Williams Company

"Helena Chemical Company is very pleased with the work Kim has done. The best evidence of this is the duration of the relationship -- 20 years (plus). Kim is responsive, efficient, and oriented to business as well as legal solutions. I would recommend Kim and his firm to any business seeking environmental counsel."

"Kim Burke is excellent with regard to all work that we send his way. He is efficient and works very well with our business folks and legal department staff. We have used Kim and his staff for over 20 years, and we are looking forward to 20 more."

"In the years I have worked with Mr. Burke, he has always been quick to respond and extremely well prepared. He is always well versed on the Law and places the client's best interest in highest priority. I consult with Mr. Burke on a regular basis for complex environmental cases throughout the United States. "

"We have worked with Kim Burke for many years on some very complex issues and projects. His timely, responsive, effective, and deep and thorough understanding of the issues is a given; however, his consistency, loyalty, and steadfast commitment to what is best for us and our organization makes him invaluable. His respect for our mission and his commitment to protect that is at the root of all decision making and action on our behalf."

-Mason Rummel
James Graham Brown Foundation, Inc.

Office Location

425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Cincinnati Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Cincinnati Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Cincinnati Metro Area
Kim K. Burke has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Kim K. Burke has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Kim K. Burke has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law (Litigation)
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Other Information

Gender: Male