Kirk B. Burkley, Partner
Kirk is the supervising partner of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. The Bankruptcy and Restructuring group handles bankruptcy cases nationwide and acts as an efficient clearinghouse and one-stop shop for our clients’ bankruptcy and restructuring needs. Kirk is experienced in representing secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy, financial restructuring and workout situations, including the representation of numerous unsecured creditors’ committees, equipment lessors, financial institutions, and commercial landlords.
Kirk has also represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes and regularly advises on real estate transactions.
He has quickly become one of the most well respected lawyers in his field, as is evidenced by being named a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine since 2005. Kirk is certified in Business Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Law from the American Board of Certification. He frequently appears before the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania state courts. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia.
In 2013, Bernstein-Burkley, P.C. was given the ranking of a Metropolitan First Tier Law Firm in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Litigation – Bankruptcy by US News and World Report – Best Lawyers.
He has lectured for the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), American Bankruptcy Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a regular panelist for NBI and Lorman Educational Services on various legal topics.
Kirk is the secretary of the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission, a nine member panel appointed by the Mayor which helps determine how land around the city will be utilized. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council about zoning ordinances, development proposals and assists in the preparation of redevelopment plans. He is also a member of the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board Adjustment, a three member panel appointed by the Mayor.
- Born in Pittsburgh, PA
- Admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania 2002
- Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania; and the United States District Court in the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
- Admitted to practice in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- 1999, B.S., Ohio University; 2002, J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law; 2002 Pitt Law recipient of the Center for Forensic Economic Studies Award for Excellence in Litigation;
- Attended the University of Haifa Summer Law Institute, Haifa, Israel
- Admitted to bar of West Virginia, 2012
Affiliations and Memberships
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- Turn Around Management Association – Pittsburgh Chapter Board Member
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference) – Steering Committee Member
- Allegheny Conference on Community Development – Board Member
- American Board of Certification – Board Member
- Pittsburgh Downtown Development Corporation – President
- For the Public’s Sake, The Port Authority Must File Bankruptcy
- Why Every Young Bankruptcy Lawyer Should Strive for Board Certification
- Protecting Lease Transactions in Indian Areas
- Consignments: My, How You’ve Changed!
- Lessors and Bankruptcy: A New Look at Critical Vendor Payments in Chapter 11 Cases
- Powerful Collection Tools for Unsecured Creditors in Bankruptcy
- Warning: New Case Law Prevents Suppliers from Enforcing Mechanics’ Liens
- Utility Players in Consumer Bankruptcy
- Chapter 9 and Act 47- A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Debt Laden Municipalities?
- Chapter 9: even the government is out of money
- Navigating Oil and Gas Lease Issues
- Marcellus Shale