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Barbara T. Burke

Barbara T. Burke

Of Counsel / Nurse Consultant


An attorney who also is a registered nurse, Barbara Burke brings a unique blend of experience to Carlton Fields’ product liability practice, particularly pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

Barbara spent two decades working as a nurse in diverse clinical settings, including serving as director of occupational health at a Connecticut hospital. Barbara understands the complicated inner workings of hospitals and other health care facilities and uses this knowledge to successfully interact with clients and medical experts. As an attorney, Barbara crafts defense arguments using her trained eye to identify issues in medical records. She has obtained complete defense verdicts in multiple complex medical malpractice, wrongful death, and personal injury cases. Barbara also has resolved numerous catastrophic injury cases through mediation and arbitration. Additionally, she has favorably resolved multiple professional licensure actions before the Department of Public Health and other governmental agencies.


  • Western New England University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
    • National Moot Court Team
  • University of Connecticut (M.S., Nursing Administration, 1987)
  • Syracuse University (B.S.N., cum laude)
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut


  • Nurse Consultant, Shipman & Goodwin
  • Senior Staff Attorney, The Law Offices of David J. Mathis (2011-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies Program, University of Hartford (2003-2014)
  • Senior Counsel, Day Pitney (2000-2011)
  • Law Clerk, Connecticut Superior Court (1999-2000)
  • Registered Nurse (1978-1995)

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