Our Team

Katie Burke

Founding Attorney

Katie Burke has practiced family law in San Francisco for eighteen years. She handles divorce, child custody and visitation, marital and registered domestic partnership dissolutions, and pre- and post-marital agreements. She represents parties seeking domestic violence restraining orders and, when opposing a narcissist or bully of any other stripe, Katie is fierce, resolute, logical, and fearless.

​​Katie earned her B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut and her Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University. Moved to support families in an advocacy role, Katie attended the University of San Francisco School of Law after graduate school.

​Katie is a member of the Family Law and Solo & Small Firm sections of the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”), ProVisors San Francisco 9, the ProVisors Bay Area Lawyers Group, and CouncilONE San Francisco 1. She is a board member of the Center for Judicial Excellence, a Marin nonprofit protecting children in the family law system and strengthening the integrity of all courts through judicial accountability.

​Katie is a lifelong writer. She has contributed attorney and judicial profiles for San Francisco Attorney, BASF’s quarterly magazine. She has reported on family law cases for the Daily Journal, The BASF Bulletin, Legal by the Bay, and Trial Insider. Katie wrote Noe Kids, her monthly column featuring Noe Valley children for The Noe Valley Voice, from 2019 through 2021. Urban Playground, her book of interviews with San Francisco children, released in April 2020. Katie has been a member of Page Street, a San Francisco co-working space for writers, since 2022.

Jessica Bauchman

Legal Assistant

Jessica attended University of San Diego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Political Science focus. She has centered her career on community outreach, always choosing positions that revolve around helping others. Jessica is a military spouse with three children and a little farm, where the number of animals seems to grow by the day.

Jessica has had an interest in family law since early childhood experiences left her feeling there must be a better way. She is excited to be a part of a firm that shares that feeling. Jessica comes to Burke Family Law with the desire to bring compassion and empathy to everything she does.

Briana Witt

Legal Assistant

Briana obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. After college, Briana chose a career as an allied health professional in Fortune 500 companies. Briana finds fulfillment seeing people thrive through tumultuous times.

Briana assists in preparing and processing legal documents, filing pleadings with the courts, and performing organizational and administrative work. Her favorite role is interacting with clients and lending a sympathetic and empathetic ear. She cares greatly about our clients and strives to make them feel comfortable, heard, and at ease.

Joanne Zhou

Of Counsel

Joanne Zhou is the founder and managing partner of The Zhou Law Group. Joanne, an experienced divorce lawyer, is well known for her talent, compassion, competence, and efficiency. Her strength lies in her ability to simplify the complicated divorce issues and propose intelligent and effective solutions for her clients.