The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747

About Our Firm

A good attorney knows the law…
A great attorney also knows you

Building Trust and Confidence

Our focus is always on you and your needs.  At Burke Law Group PLLC (BLG), we take great pride in delivering the highest level of legal services, and doing so in a personal and caring way.  BLG focuses its practice primarily on the individual and family, thus we are able to provide experienced and persuasive representation of our clients in all types of family law cases, as well as trust and estate planning, probate, guardianships, and personal injury and disability including social security disability income (SSDI) and social security income (SSI). We also represent our clients in administrative hearings and appeals of lower court decisions.  

We know that you may be in a difficult and possibly contentious situation and are in need of someone you can fully trust to be your legal guide. We offer a free initial consultation for up to one hour so that you can experience that level of care and develop confidence that our attorneys and professional staff can provide to get you over the legal hurdles that you see in front of you.

The attorneys and staff at Burke Law Group PLLC are very experienced in their areas of practice.  They care for each of their clients and strive to deliver the highest level of legal services. We investigate the facts and work to present your case in the manner that is most favorable to the results that you seek from the court. Additionally, in a significant number of our cases, settlement prior to trial is a very real possibility.  We work with our clients to develop and analyze settlement scenarios that may bring a quick resolution to the legal issues.

In recognition of Burke Law Group's efforts to make its top caliber legal services available to those who would not otherwise be able to afford an attorney, the Spokane County Bar Association designated Burke Law Group as the VLP 2009 Outstanding Law Firm of the Year.  Several of our attorneys were also honored by Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine as a 2016 Top Attorney. We are proud to have earned these designations, and continue to strive to have on our staff some of the best family law, divorce, and estate planning/probate attorneys in Spokane.

The attorneys at Burke Law Group PLLC will deliver precisely the level of legal service that you desire.  Some clients want to enlist the full litigation representation services of Burke Law Group, while others want mediation support, collaborative law representation, assistance with document preparation, estate planning, long term care planning, or simply some legal advice.  We will tailor your engagement of this firm to your specific needs.

Convenience:  We Center On You

With your convenience in mind, we located our office in the Old City Hall building, which is on the east side of River Park Square.  You can walk right to the elevators using Spokane's Skywalk system.  We validate Parkade Ramp parking for the time that clients are meeting with their BLG attorney.  We also validate up to one hour of Parkade Ramp parking for a prospective client's initial consultation.  Our firm's address is:

                         221 N. Wall Street,   Suite 624,    Spokane, WA  99201

                                                              Click here for a map to Old City Hall

 We recognize that we need to be there for our clients at their convenience, not ours. For that reason, we often will meet with clients in the evenings and weekends when it is not possible to fit a meeting into the regular office hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (3:30 PM on Fridays). We realize that you may not be available during the middle of the day, and thus we need to be available when you can meet with us.

Flexible Payment Options

Depending upon the type of legal services to be performed, we may offer you the option to make payments over time.  We also accept most major credit cards.  We want to make it possible for those persons needing the advice and services of an attorney to be able to afford that needed legal assitance or representation.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce

Kelly Padgham

Former Principal / Member of the Firm; Kelly passed away on September 20, 2015