1925 Century Park East Suite 880 Los Angeles, CA 90067 Telephone: (310) 277-4411, Extension 302 Fax: (310) 277-5954
Areas of Practice
Mr. Birke's practice involves complex and sophisticated business and real estate litigation. He represents real estate developers in connection with land entitlement, environmental, and inverse condemnation matters; purchase and option agreements, commercial leases, and lien disputes; as well as insurance coverage issues and construction litigation. He won a landmark commercial lease case before the California Supreme Court and two published California Environmental Quality Act cases before the California Court of Appeal, as well as numerous other published and unreported decisions before the California Court of Appeal and Federal Courts of Appeal. Additionally, Mr. Birke's business litigation practice involves disputes among partners, LLC members, and corporate shareholders; trade secret and unfair competition cases; contract, tort and Commercial Code actions; and defending employers from wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims.
Mr. Birke's approach to litigation involves full analysis of the underlying facts and applicable legal principles in an effort to reach settlement before a lawsuit is filed. Thereafter, written discovery is propounded and depositions taken only as necessary to fully prepare the case for a favorable mediation, or if required, a successful summary judgment motion or trial. Mr. Birke's approach has led to many successful mediations which have resulted in his clients’ satisfactorily settling disputes before incurring the legal fees and costs of trial.
Legal and Educational History
Born New York, N.Y., July 20, 1937; admitted to bar, 1962, California. Education: University of Michigan, Phi Eta Sigma and Washington University (B.A.,1958) Phi Beta Kappa; Harvard Law School (LL.B.,1961, cum laude). Instructor of Law, Conflicts of Law and Domestic Relations, University of San Fernando Valley College of Law, 1967-1970. Member, Executive Committee, Regional Advisory Board, Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region, 1968-1971. Judge, Pro Tem:Municipal Court, Los Angeles County, 1979-1984; Superior Court, Los Angeles County, 1989-1990. Member Superior Court of Los Angeles County, arbitration panel and settlement conference panel. Member panel of arbitrators, American Arbitration Association. Member, Legal Action Committee, California Building Industry Association. Member Los Angeles County Bar Association, State Bar of California. Partner, Sandler and Rosen, LLP (1983 to present).