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

Attorneys & Staff

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

Mr. Linehan’s areas of practice include claimant representation in Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income cases; parent representation in dependency, guardianship, and termination of parental rights; and the wide range of family law matters including divorce, support, parenting plans, modifications, and adoptions. Mr. Linehan also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner.

Mr. Linehan has represented hundreds of claimants who have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. His primary focus has been successful representation at the local hearing level in front of Administrative Law Judges. However, Mr. Linehan has also successfully represented claimant’s on appeals to the Appeals Council; as well as federal court appeals that occur before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Mr. Linehan’s experience in arguing SSDI/SSI cases has helped numerous individual’s be approved for benefits.

One of the main reasons Mr. Linehan joined the Burke Law Group was to further his passion in helping families. He has a longstanding contract with the Washington State Office of Public Defense in representing parents in every area of dependency matters, including guardianship and termination of parental rights trials. This representation has provided Mr. Linehan a vast experience in successfully litigating cases in Superior Court and Juvenile court.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Linehan has a great track record in successfully negotiating cases without the need of court intervention. He has helped negotiate child custody orders in dependency proceedings, nonparental custody, dissolution, residential schedules/parenting plans, dependency-guardianships, Title 13 guardianships, and open adoption agreements.Mr. Linehan is a graduate from Gonzaga University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree with majors in both Political Science and Philosophy. After earning his undergraduate degree, Mr. Linehan decided to remain in Spokane, Washington and earned his law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law. Mr. Linehan is married and is the father of three children.

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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