Attorney Burke grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts along with one brother and three sisters, graduating from St. Agnes Grammar School, Arlington Catholic High School, Merrimack College (BA), Fitchburg State College, (M.Ed.) and Suffolk University Law School, (JD).
He is a first generation college graduate—the second in his family to receive a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, and the first in his family to receive a doctoral degree.
Upon graduation from college, Attorney Burke taught science in Dracut, Massachusetts at both the high school and junior high school levels.
He attended graduate school and law school during evenings while teaching.
Attorney Burke has been practicing law in Peabody, Massachusetts since 1984, concentrating in real estate representing buyers, sellers and lenders in residential and commercial transactions. Additionally he represents many corporations and other business entities from start-ups to business entities with many employees. Estate planning and probate work round out his practice.
Never too old to learn new things and take on new adventures, Jim decided in 2003 to purchase his first Harley at the young age of 53.
He had to take lessons on how to ride a motorcycle between the time he ordered his motorcycle and when it was delivered. He and his wife of over 30 years, Nancy, are avid Harley riders, having taken many round trips including Key West, the Pacific Ocean, Sturgis, Milwaukee, Tennessee, Montreal and about 40 of the 50 states. While in Hawaii they rented a Harley and toured the big island.
Jim resides in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts along with Nancy and their basset hound, Gus. His greatest pleasures include spending time with his son Josh, daughter-in-law Melissa and his three grandchildren, Hallie, Bayla and Tucker. He also enjoys woodworking and riding his Harley.