Sean M. Burke – Shareholder, Hollidaysburg

Sean M. Burke – Shareholder, Hollidaysburg 2016-11-05T08:32:27+00:00
Sean M. Burke
Phone: 814-283-2000
  • Board Member, The Arc of Blair County
  • Board Member, Rails to Trails of Central Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Member, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Investment Committee
  • Member, Hollidaysburg Borough Planning Commission
  • Member, Blair County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee
  • President, Hollidaysburg Community Partnership
  • Member, Blair County Bar Association
  • Vice President, Jeremiah S. Black Inn of Court
  • Board Member and Past President, Rotary Club of Hollidaysburg
  • Presenter, CLE Seminar, Landlord Tenant Law, 2011-2013
  • Presenter, “New Agricultural Exemptions to Pennsylvania’s Inheritance and Realty Transfer Tax Laws,” 2013
  • Pennsylvania
  • Blair County Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., Washington University (St. Louis), Moot Court Board, 2005
  • B.S., Political Science and Economics, St. Vincent College, 2002

Based in the firm’s Blair County office, Mr. Burke represents individuals with closely held business entities from start to finish: corporate organization, business counseling, financing, corporate agreements, and corporate maintenance. He advises business owners on transfers of interests through gifts and leveraged sales. One of his primary specialties is agricultural business, including family farms, cooperative associations, ag lenders, and ag equipment manufacturers.

With respect to estate and trust administration, Mr. Burke advises fiduciaries as to valuation, taxation, reporting, and distribution of estate and trust assets; compliance with duties to beneficiaries and governmental entities; and practical strategies to harmonize the relationship between fiduciaries and beneficiaries. He has significant experience in probate court proceedings, including disputes over estate and trust administration, guardianship appointments for disabled adults and minor children, and trust modifications.

Mr. Burke drafts wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, and trust documents designed to meet client goals of tax minimization, planning for special needs beneficiaries, charitable dispositions, and asset protection. Focusing on estate planning for farmers and agricultural entities, he has helped clients form family limited partnerships to ensure the protection of family assets. He is working toward certification as an elder law attorney.

Having practiced in the Real Estate Group since joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Burke routinely counsels clients on leases, agreements of sale, easements, and review of title issues. He also focuses on commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters. He works closely with Realtor associations and attends an annual seminar on real estate issues.

As one of the firm’s few intellectual property attorneys, Mr. Burke works with trademarks, copyrights, and protection of a company’s trade secrets. He assists clients in researching marks, filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and maintaining marks according to USPTO standards. He represents several software developers both in general corporate matters and in specific licensing transactions with end users, other businesses, and governments. He also works with companies to develop their website terms of use and privacy policies.