Panama City
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
Panama City Beach
16215 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Michael S. Burke, Shareholder

Mike Burke is resident in the firm’s Panama City Beach office conveniently located to serve clients in all of the Northwest Florida Panhandle.  His practice is primarily focused on representing local governments and businesses and individuals that require representation before local, state and federal governments and agencies.  His experience with local government law runs the gamut from land use, zoning, code enforcement, contracting, administrative processes, bond financing and many other areas of local government law.  Mr. Burke’s experience includes, but is not limited to, representation of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners, Walton County Board of County Commissioners, Walton County Tourist Development Council, the Town of Cedar Grove, Bay County Supervisor of Elections, and the Lake Powell Residential Golf CDD.  Additionally, Mr. Burke has represented numerous developers, businesses and individuals before various Northwest Florida local governments in matters related to zoning, land use, code enforcement and contracting.

Mr. Burke’s experience in the wide ranging areas of local government law is a benefit to clients that seek his counsel in areas of the law such as real estate transactions, leases, litigation, contract, appeals and immigration.

Mr. Burke used his extensive experience in local government law as part of Burke Blue’s team of lawyers that assisted Ken Feinberg in his role as Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.  In December 2010, Mr. Feinberg hired Burke Blue to act as his Florida Liaison and assist GCCF claimants across the State of Florida.  Mr. Burke was an integral part of the firm’s involvement with the GCCF and undertook primary responsibility for assisting claimants in the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze areas.  The experience was rewarding on personal and business levels.  Not only did he get the opportunity to assist his fellow Floridians through some very tough times, he also gained a great deal of experience in claims administration, mass torts and accounting of damages.

Mike is a native of Northwest Florida and lives in Panama City Beach with his wife and three children.  He served as an Assistant State Attorney in Gulf County under Jim Appleman from 1997 to 1998.  He is a member of The Florida Bar, Bay County Bar Association, St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court and he currently serves on the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  He enjoys the Northwest Florida outdoors and coaching youth soccer.

Contact Mike Burke at (850)236-4444 or

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida


  • J.D., with honors, Nova Southeastern University (1997)
  • B.A., University of Alabama (1992)
  • Diploma, Bay High School, Panama City, Florida (1988)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Bay County Bar Association Past President 2004 - 2006
  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
  • Bay County Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Bay”
  • Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors


  • “Outstanding Academic Ability” City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • 14th Judicial Circuit/Bay County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee Award for “Public Service with Distinction”

Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A. is located in Panama City, Panama City Beach and Sandestin, FL and serves clients in and around Panama City, Panama City Beach, Bay Point, Lynn Haven, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, Sandestin, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bay County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, Santa Rosa County, Escambia County, Gulf County, Franklin County, Washington County.

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Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A.
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, FL, 32401 USA