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Burton J. Kinerk


Burt is an expert in civil trial work, including personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and multiple party lawsuits. His skill as a pilot and his experience as an intelligence officer and paratrooper for the 18th Airborne Corps have given him special insight into the area of aircraft litigation and he is an acknowledged leader in that field. Burt is also very well known for his expertise as a contract negotiator and, indeed, personal mentor, for professional athletes. He, in fact, was instrumental in establishing Tucson as a spring training center for Major League Baseball.

A graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, Burt remains active in the community. He is involved with the Tucson Conquistadores, the UA Foundation, the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Tucson and was a founding member of the Copper Bowl Foundation. He has been voted Man of the Year and Father of the Year, is a member of the Tucson High School and Pima County Halls of Fame and has been named to Best Lawyers in America.

Burt and his wife, Nancy, have four children.

Areas of Practice:
Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Injury/Wrongful Death, State Bar of Arizona
Bar Admissions:
Arizona, 1962
University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, 1962
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1957
Honors: Who's Who is American Colleges & Universities
Major: Business Administration
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Trial Practice: Lessons from the Masters, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - 2005
Arizona's New Year in Evidence Seminar, CLE West, 2003 - 2004
Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers in America
Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities
Sterling Member of Who's Who - Executive Division
Phi Delta Phi, Vice President, 1960 - 1961
Boss of the Year, Tucson Legal Secretaries Association
Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, 1996
Man of the Year, Tucson Chamber of Commerce, 1996
Father of the Year, 1998
Tucson High School Hall of Fame, 1998
University of Arizona Trial Court Dedication, 1999
Voted one of the 100 Tucson Sports Figures of the Century, 2000
Southwest Super Lawyers 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Association for Justice
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 1980
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
American Board of Trial Advocates, 1985
American Board of Trial Advocates
Western Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 - Present
National Football League Players Association, 1992 - Present
Regis. Agent
Sports Lawyers Association, 1992 - Present
Sigma Chi Hall of Fame, 2005 - Present
Burt Kinerk & Associates, Inc. (Sports Management), 1971 - Present
Kinerk & Associates, PC, 1994 - Present
Past Employment Positions:
Robertson, Childers, Burke & Drachman, Associate, 1962 - 1965
Robertson, Childers, Burke & Drachman, Partner, 1965 - 1968
Robertson & Fickett, Partner, 1968 - 1971
Robertson, Molloy, Fickett & Jones, Partner, 1971 - 1975
Barber, Haralson, Kinerk & Morey, PC, Partner, 1975 - 1978
Haralson, Kinerk & Morey, PC, Shareholder, 1978 - 1994
Kinerk, Beal, Schmidt & Dyer, Partner, 1997 - 2005
Sigma Chi

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