Kara M. Burke

Richland Plaza 1
525 West Main Street
Suite 200
Belleville, IL 62220-1547
(618) 355-5134

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Kara M. Burke is a principal with Brown & James, P.C., practicing at the firm’s Belleville office. Ms. Burke focuses her practice in the areas of environmental insurance/toxic torts, health care liability, insurance law and premises and retail liability.

Recent Verdicts

Obtained a defense verdict in a defamation/interference with a prospective economic advantage claim in St. Clair County, Illinois. The plaintiff alleged the defendant made a defamatory statement about a prior employee (plaintiff) during a reference check by a subsequent employer (co-defendant). The plaintiff alleged wrongful termination by the co-defendant, subsequent employer. The trial lasted four days. Plaintiff sought $800,000 in compensatory damages. The jury returned a verdict in favor of our client defendant and against the co-defendant (subsequent employer). (2019)

Prior Legal Experience

Law Clerk, Brown & James, 2011-2014

Academic Honors and Activities

Dean’s Scholar School of Law Scholarship
Academic Excellence Award, Pre-Trial Litigation

More About Kara


  • Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2014)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (B.S., Business Administration, 2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri

Recent Achievements

  • Ones to Watch - Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2022-2023)