Our Team

Katie Burke

Founding Attorney

Katie Burke has practiced family law in San Francisco for seventeen years. Katie is a compassionate and zealous advocate, operating at a high level to preserve her clients’ dignity. A champion for children and families, she has represented children in their parents’ custody and visitation disputes, and she has volunteered in domestic violence prevention throughout her career.

Katie has practiced in large and small family law firms, as well as in solo practice. Passionate about authentic and persuasive storytelling, she is also a creative nonfiction writer. Her work as a writer and her interest in child development took her to Africa, to teach creative nonfiction writing to children in Kenya and teens in South Africa. After writing and teaching full time for two years, she returned to family law practice.

​In her practice, Katie handles all aspects of child custody and visitation; marital and registered domestic partnership dissolutions, including complex financial 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”), Joy in the Law, San Francisco’s Contemplative Law Group, ProVisors San Francisco IX, the ProVisors Bay Area Lawyers Group, and CouncilONE San Francisco I.

​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, a monthly column for The Noe Valley Voice, in which she featured Noe Valley children from April 2019 through February 2021. Urban Playground, her book of interviews with San Francisco children, released in April 2020.

From 2017 to 2019, Katie co-founded and volunteered with Youth Rising, an organization that encourages high school students to lead their peers in local political engagement, preparing them as they become eligible to vote. From 2015 to 2017, she traveled semi-annually to New Orleans to volunteer with Louisiana Civil Justice Center, assisting self-represented parties to family law cases with their court filings. From 2019 to March 2020, Katie facilitated journalism workshops at San Quentin State Prison.


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.


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.


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.

As a prominent member of the California Bar Association and California Family Law Association, Joanne regularly gives exclusive interviews to Tencent commenting on trending legal news and topics. Her pristine reputation speaks volumes about her exceptional skills and profound social influence. Joanne is proficient in both Chinese and English, well versed in the multicultural background, and thus adept at understanding and meeting the needs of domestic and cross-border clients. Joanne not only cares about her clients deeply but also is capable of bringing about winning arguments and satisfactory results based on each client’s unique circumstances.