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What do People have to Say?

Sarah knows construction and coverage from every perspective, and is authoritative, well-respected, respectful, and personable. As a discovery referee, she works well with mediators and appointed settlement judges as well as all counsel to ready the cases for negotiations. By getting and keeping the most complex cases under control, she provides for the most efficient resolution whenever possible. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sarah for the role of Special Master, Mediator or Discovery Referee for any complex construction case.

Melissa Blair Aliotti, Esq., Read & Aliotti, PC

We had been assigned a courtroom and we were about to start a two-month trial in a construction defect case. The parties had already worn out two mediators and we were nowhere close to resolution. Enter Sarah Burke. In no time, she had mastered all of the complex legal and insurance issues. More importantly, she quickly assessed the interpersonal dynamics that continued to impede the settlement process. Within two weeks, the case was resolved. What is striking about what Sarah achieved is that she was able to bring eight seemingly intractable parties together and make each feel that it had resolved the case without significantly compromising its position. I have used Sarah's mediation services on several occasions since then and she has delivered every time. Sarah is one of the finest mediators I have ever worked with and I highly recommend her.

Edward C. Casey, Jr., Law Office of Edward C. Casey, Jr.

Even as a litigant, Sarah was the "go-to" lawyer to close the deal. In just one example, literally in the courthouse, she pulled together over 45 parties to settle a case the Special Master couldn't close. It's our good fortune to have her available now as a neutral, and I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Brian Purtill, Attorney/Mediator

Burke ADR has been excellent to work with. Ms. Burke is readily accessible and guides cases in a timely, cost effective manner. She has the knowledge and flexibility it takes to make a great special master.

Matthew R. Schoech, Anderson Schoech

I want to thank you for the great job you did mediating this matter. Even though my client didn't settle with the other carriers at the original mediation, you continued to follow up with me and with plaintiffs counsel until we were able to reach an agreement. It was most appreciated. Now I know why you were so highly recommended. Thanks again.

Carolyn A. Mathews, Murchison & Cumming, LLP

Thank you for the extraordinary job you performed to keep the settlement boat afloat.

Matthew P. Harrington, Esq., Hughes & Gill

Thank you again for the highly efficient job you did on this mediation. We and our clients were appreciative of both the quality of the mediation and your respect for everybody's time. Looking forward to working with you again.

Anthony B. Leuin, Shartsis Friese LLP

Simply stated, Sarah knows what she is doing and she is good at it.

Bob Sims, Sims Curran & Ocken

I have known Sarah for several years and she has quickly become one of the best mediator/special masters in the Bay Area. She is able to juggle all the competing interests and other factors in some very difficult and complex cases and is consistently a voice of reason in guiding the parties to a pragmatic common sense resolution whether it's a day to day discovery dispute, or settlement of a large case.

Michael Kennedy, Lee Hernandez Brooks Garofalo & Blake