The Burke Law Group is one of New Brunswick’s Progressive Law Firms. Our lawyers focus on criminal defence, aboriginal law, civil litigation, employment and labour disputes, and corporate and commercial transactions. We have appeared in all levels of Court and the
Supreme Court of Canada.

Our clients range from international companies and fast growth startups, to unions, interest groups and individuals. With every file, we strive to defend our clients’ challenges and protect their interests. Our goal is to provide you with the best results.

Our expertise

Lawyers at The Burke Law Group defend individuals that have been charged with criminal offences. Our team offers years of experience and understanding of this often stressful and complex area of law. The Burke Law Group is committed to ensuring each client receives a fair trial, properly conducted before a court of law.

Whether you have an established business or are part of a start-up company, the lawyers at The Burke Law Group have the expertise to meet the business needs of our clients. From incorporations, corporate governance and reorganization, and complex transactions, our office can assist with any legal matter.

Our lawyers have a well-earned reputation as tireless client advocates and respected family law lawyers. We can work to negotiate a fair agreement without the need for a costly court proceeding or we can fight in court, if necessary. Our lawyers prepare every case as if it is going to trial. We will not hesitate to take your case to court in pursuit of the most desirable outcome for you and your family.

Being sued or suing someone is often referred to as litigation, including small claims court. Our lawyers have a vast range of experience in this complex area of law. The Burke Law Group is focused on obtaining optimal results for its clients that must defend themselves in court when blamed for wrongdoing. Our lawyers offer tireless dedication in this area of law.

A car crash, slip and fall, or any other personal injury can be life changing. These injuries often come with costs that only add to the pain and suffering you may be experiencing. Our lawyers have extensive experience in litigating personal injury claims and can assert your right to compensation from any party that caused your injuries.

Being dismissed or dismissing an employee from your work can be a troubling and traumatic life experience. The Burke Law Group on your side means you have solid, experienced employment counsel who provide effective solutions for settlement without going to court or, when necessary, navigate a courtroom to ensure your rights as an employer or employee are protected.

Buying or selling a house is one of the most significant investments your family will make. The process can be confusing to navigate. Hiring the right lawyer early in the process can save you time, risk, and most importantly money. The lawyers at The Burke Law Group have extensive experience in facilitating these transactions.

Estate planning should be designed to meet your individual needs and circumstances. Our lawyers can take care of your estate planning, from the most basic to complicated structures, and assist in the administration of a loved ones estate, to bring you peace of mind.

Our Team

Thomas J. Burke, Q.C.

Born in Los Angeles, California, his family relocated to Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1978 where he spent his childhood. After completing High School, T.J. enlisted into the United States Military and served as a Paratrooper and Forward Observer for an Infantry Company with the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was honourably discharged in 1995.

A Dalhousie University Law Graduate in 2000 and winner of the Sarah MacWalker MacKenzie Award he became a member of the New Brunswick Law Society in June 2002.

In 2006, T.J., was elected a second time to represent his riding on the Northside of Fredericton and was appointed as Minister of Justice and Attorney General for the Province of New Brunswick and served in that capacity until 2009.

T.J. practices in criminal law and has a dedicated labour and employment practice. He’s worked extensively with First Nation Bands throughout the Province and has successfully resolved outstanding land claim issues against the Government of Canada. He has served as lead counsel in several matters at the New Brunswick Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

T.J. is the recipient of the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

Charlie Bird

Charlie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1979 with his Bachelor of Business Administration and from the University of New Brunswick with his Bachelor of Law in 1982. He has maintained a legal practice on the Northside of Fredericton since this time, with an emphasis on corporate and commercial law.

He has represented business clients with matters from start-ups to sale of assets or shares to public companies and all steps along the way.

He has experience in shareholder dispute and business re-organizations, for tax, estate and insolvency purposes, together with experience in Employee Share Ownership Plans and other types of employee ownership.

He has represented the Province of New Brunswick and was co-counsel on two 3P projects. He also advises several charitable organizations, including churches.

Charlie has appeared in the Probate Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Bankruptcy Court, and Tax Court.

Ronald E. Morris, Q.C.

Born and raised on the mighty Miramichi, Ron left home to pursue post-secondary education at St. Francis Xavier University, only to return to New Brunswick to further his bachelor degree in Arts at St. Thomas University. After years “kicking rubber” between the pipes for the Tommies, earning the notorious nickname “the Cat”, Ron graduated and was accepted to Law School at the University of New Brunswick.

Upon graduation, Ron was called to the New Brunswick Bar Association in 1980.

With a passion for the law and a desire to defend those innocent until proven guilty, Ron’s reputation to defend those criminally charged surpasses all others.

With a lengthy legal career in Criminal Law, Ron initially formed a 23 year partnership, Roach and Morris based in Oromocto, NB. Continuing his legal career, Ron joined J. William Cabel over 13 years ago in Fredericton, NB.

Ron received the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation in 2006 for his long-standing service, commitment and excellence in the practice of law.

Although hockey skates and baseball cleats have long been retired, Ron now enjoys a good read, watching the Red Sox and attending sci-fi conventions with grandson Gabe. Ron and his wife, Yvette, reside on Fredericton’s Northside.

Jennifer M. Ingram

Jennifer is both a litigator and a dealmaker.  She can try a case to a final verdict, counsel a complex transaction to its final signature, and settle disputes with first-rate results. She prides herself on helping clients understand complicated legal processes and on providing unfiltered advice that a client may not otherwise get.

Born and raised in Fredericton, Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with Honors in Finance in 2005.  After graduating she worked for the Provincial Pension Fund until 2009, when she enrolled in Law School at the University of New Brunswick.  Jennifer successfully completed her Law Degree in 2012 and was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 2013.

Jennifer is an associate lawyer at the Burke Law Group and maintains a general legal practice.  She routinely practices in family law, wills and estates, employment law and real property, with an emphasis in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury.

Outside of the office, Jennifer is a committee member of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Foundation annual fundraiser and a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

John S. Bird

John’s practice is focused on Civil, Corporate, Environmental and Insurance litigation, and he regularly appears in Court throughout New Brunswick. Prior to joining The Burke Law Group, John studied as a DHL Deutsche Post academic scholar at the University of Edinburgh graduating from the Master of Laws program (LL.M) with honours.

John is also a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (B.SC., Biology and J.D., Law) and was a visiting summer student in violin at The Julliard School (New York). During his studies in law at the University of New Brunswick, John was a co-chair of the Environmental Law Society and co-authored and presented an academic paper for the Canadian Bar Association on shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.

John, a Fredericton native, is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick, lecturing in International Maritime Law. John also serves as a Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, an Advisor for Pro Bono Students Canada and is a regular contributor to MomTalk’s legal advice column.

Emily A. Cochrane

Born and raised on the Northside of Fredericton, Emily knows and understands hard work. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in 2011 from St. Thomas University, she successfully completed her Law Degree in 2014 from the University of New Brunswick, where she received the Lyman Purnell Prize in Wills and Estates. Emily was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 2015.

Emily is an Associate Lawyer at The Burke Law Group. She maintains a general legal practice with an emphasis in criminal and family law, and routinely appears in court to advocate for her clients throughout New Brunswick.

Outside of the office, Emily is a board member for the New Brunswick Public Libraries Board and the St. Thomas University Alumni Association.

Contact Us

150 Cliffe Street, First Floor
Kchikusis Commercial Centre, Suite R6
Fredericton, NB E3A 0A1



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