Jessica A. Burke

Jessica BurkeJessica A. Burke
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Jessica A. Burke brings years of experience with complex litigation and legal practice, politics, and government. Jessica has successfully represented clients before the Kentucky Supreme Court, state and federal trial courts, state appellate courts, federal bankruptcy courts, and state administrative tribunals. Her clients span a broad range of industries, including healthcare practices, political organizations, service providers, manufacturers, and hotels.

Prior to joining Chalmers Burch & Adams, Jessica operated her own law firm, J. Burke Law Offices, PLLC, where she practiced in the areas of general civil litigation, government relations advising, contract drafting and negotiation, business advising, regulatory compliance review, general business law, and administrative law.

Before that, Jessica was legal counsel to the Kentucky State Senate President and Majority Republican Caucus. In that role, Jessica advised legislators regarding the interplay of policy, legal considerations, and constitutional constraints in regards to proposed legislation and other matters before the General Assembly, and she represented the Kentucky Senate in Kentucky State Court and United States District Court in complex litigation regarding redistricting of legislative districts. In addition, Jessica served as chief policy advisor to the Kentucky Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Judiciary Committee, and Administrative Regulations Review Committee. She was a chief policy expert on Medicaid/Medicare, Medicaid Managed Care, the Affordable Care Act, and Prescription Drug and Substance Abuse.

Jessica has also practiced as a litigation attorney at a top Chicago law firm and has served in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the office of the General Counsel of the Kentucky Governor, and the offices of both United States Senators from Kentucky. She is currently the Chairperson of the Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board, and serves on the Kentucky Board of Claims as well as the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.

Jessica graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School after obtaining dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Kentucky. While at Notre Dame, Jessica was the Executive Managing Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, & Public Policy, was a research assistant for Robert Blakey, author of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and taught a supplemental constitutional law course to first year law students.


  • University of Kentucky, B. A., Political Science, Sociology 2005
    Robinson Scholars Program
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 2008
    Executive Managing Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, & Public Policy

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Indiana

Federal Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Kentucky Bankruptcy

Memberships, Affiliations, and Civic Involvement

  • Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board, Chairperson
  • Kentucky Board of Claims
  • Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals
  • McCreary County (KY) Republican Party, Executive Committee
  • Gracie’s Animal Rescue Outreach Board of Directors
  • Robinson Scholars Program Alumni Advisor
  • Young Professionals of Eastern Kentucky
  • 2016 Kentucky Presidential Caucus, McCreary County Caucus Chairperson
  • 2014 Campaign for Kentucky State Representative
  • 2012 Republican National Convention Volunteer Staff


  • Addressing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: HB 217 and the Follow-Through from 2012 SS HB 1– June 2013

Professional Publications

  •  Amicus Curia Brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Senator Rand Paul: Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida (2012)
  • “Redistricting and Reapportionment” Chapter: Illinois Election Law Handbook (2009)