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    Burton J. Kinerk

    A native son of Tucson, Burton J. Kinerk has spent most of his life entrenched in the Tucson community.  He is a graduate of Tucson High School and attended the University of Arizona on a baseball scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1957.  Afterwards he became a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving as a paratrooper-intelligence officer for the 18th Airborne Corps, before returning to Tucson and earning his law degree from the University of Arizona Law School in 1962. 

     

    Burt is nationally certified by the American Bar Association as a Trial Advocate, and is an Arizona Bar Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. He has over 50 years of expertise in civil trial work at the local, State and Federal level, with an emphasis in serious personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and complex multiple party plaintiff lawsuits such as flood litigation and product liability cases. He is a former private pilot and has been involved in litigating significant plane crash occurrences. Burt has also served as a registered sports agent, advising, negotiating contracts and mentoring several professional athletes and coaches, including among others, Lute Olson, Sean Elliott, Chuck Cecil, Michael Bates, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Candrea, Ricky Barnes and Crissy Ahmann Perham.

     

    Over his distinguished career Burt has earned recognition as a top attorney by many organizations and publications, including an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, as well as being named to Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers Magazine’s Southwest Super Lawyers, Arizona Finest Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers, and a Stirling Member of Who’s Who Executive Division, among others. Burt also maintains his membership in many professional and legal organizations, including but not limited to the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law, and for several legal associations, most notably the Arizona State Bar, Western Trial Lawyers Association, and Pima County Bar.

    Burt and his wife Nancy raised four children and have eleven grandchildren.

     

    Colleen L. Kinerk

    Dealing with family law matters can be filled with emotion and incredibly stressful.  Colleen L. Kinerk appreciates the honor and responsibility of helping her clients navigate through some of the most difficult times of their lives.  Colleen is a divorced mother of three who has personally experienced many of the challenges presented by the various trials and tribulations of family law cases.  She understands the ups and downs and knows how to get to the other side of the conflict. 

    Born in Tucson, Colleen is a graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1986, after which she worked in the United States Senate in Washington D.C.  After leaving Capitol Hill, Colleen returned to Tucson to attend and graduate from University of Arizona College of Law in 1991.

     

    As a new lawyer, Colleen practiced in San Francisco, California, honing her litigation skills with a well-respected insurance defense firm.  After several years of practice in California, Colleen returned to Tucson to join her father’s practice, exclusively representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, wrongful death and serious injury cases.  In light of the challenges she faced in her own divorce case, Colleen felt the call to practice family law, bringing years of litigation experience, strong advocacy skills and the heart of one who has been on the journey.  Her practice handles a wide range of legal issues along the familial chronology, from pre-marital arrangements to divorce and legal separation, from paternity to child and spousal support, and from parenting to legal decision making and custodial arrangements.

     

    Colleen is exceedingly proud of her three children, daughters Aidan and Cameron, and son Daniel, and being able to provide them with the tools to thrive.