Burke S. Lewis
Principal & General Counsel
Burke has over fourteen years of experience practicing law in the commercial real estate field, working with developers, real estate investment trusts, asset managers and a broad range of other businesses and individuals. His experience includes the acquisition, financing, leasing, management and disposition of office, multifamily, industrial, retail and hotel properties. He also has experience with land use permitting and zoning matters.
Prior to joining HREP, Burke was a partner at the firm of Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank in Richmond, Virginia in its commercial real estate section. While there, he counseled clients on a broad range of real estate matters. Among others, those matters included the development of multifamily housing by regional developers, the acquisition of retail centers and medical office buildings by national REITs, the syndication of tax credits in connection with financing real estate development, traditional bank debt financing for a wide variety of real estate uses and the negotiation of loan workouts on behalf of borrowers in connection with distressed commercial assets.
Prior to joining Kaplan Voekler, Burke was an associate lawyer at McGuireWoods in Richmond and at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado. At McGuireWoods, Burke handled land use matters and rezoning properties for residential and commercial uses, as well as the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, including extensive due diligence work on a large scale plant site for a global chemical and gas corporation. At Davis Graham & Stubbs, Burke began his legal career working with national and regional homebuilders in connection with the development of subdivisions, a national energy company in connection with the development of a wind farm, and a railroad company in connection with the conversion of a 70-mile rail line into a public trail under a “rails to trails” program.
Burke is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, the University of Virginia Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree, and William & Mary, where he earned his Masters in Business Administration degree.
Burke is a member of the Board of the Greater Richmond Area YMCA and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.