William J. Burke, III

William J. Burke, III

William J. Burke, III

  • Business Attorney
  • David M. Frees III
  • 120 Gay St. Phoenixville, PA 19460
  • (610) 933-8069

William J. Burke, III is a founding member of Unruh Turner Burke & Frees, and has been practicing law in Chester County for over thirty years. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of real estate, corporate and business acquisitions, taxation and general business representation of closely held companies, and IRS § 1031 exchanges. Mr. Burke represents privately held commercial and residential real estate developers and real estate entrepreneurs in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing and development of commercial properties and land intended for residential, commercial or retail development. This includes structuring and creating residential and commercial condominiums and planned communities. In addition, he represents financial institutions as well as borrowers in connection with the documentation and closing of construction, acquisition and other financing.

Mr. Burke has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine over multiple years and he has consistently been named as a “Top Lawyer” by Main Line Today Magazine. He has received the preeminent “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, recognizing superior legal ability as judged by his peers.

Practice Areas

  •  Business Planning & Organizations
  •  Business Transactions
  •  Governmental
  •  Real Estate Development
  •  Real Estate Transactions
  •  Taxation


  •  Dickinson School of Law, J.D. (1984)
    •  Member, Woolsack Honor Society
  •  New York University, LL.M., Taxation (1988)
  •  Dickinson College (1981)
    •  B.A., Philosophy, cum laude


  •  Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1984)


  •  Chester County Bar Association
  •  Pennsylvania Bar Association

Martindale Hubbell Rating

  •  AV Rated*

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