Michael J. Burke practiced law for twenty-five years in Howell, Michigan where he was raised with his nine brothers and sisters. Michael and his wife purchased the family home and it was there that they raised their two daughters. He was actively involved in the community, enjoyed a successful law practice and was a devoted father.
On June 18, 2001, he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of 1.6 million dollars. Michael is a compulsive gambler.