Marcella Burke

Marcella Burke

Founder and Managing Partner, Burke Law Group PLLC

Marcella Burke of Houston, Texas is founder and managing partner of Burke Law Group PLLC, an elite, full-service commercial law firm specializing in complex litigation. Burke began her legal career as an energy attorney in AmLaw 20 law firms, where she earned equity partnership. She was appointed in the Trump Administration to serve in the Senior Executive Service at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior, where she managed the litigation docket and regulatory portfolio of chemicals, and all energy and natural resource permitting and project development on federal lands, including the federal oil and gas, renewables, carbon capture, wind, and hydropower. She served as Counsel to the Royalty Policy Committee and received appointments to the DOI’s Regulatory Reform Task Force and as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) team lead for all energy project approvals.

Burke serves in leadership roles with the State Bar of Texas Environmental Division, the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, and the Institute for Energy Law. She has published numerous articles and papers on energy and natural resources issues, as well as been quoted on same in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg Law, and others.

She participated in judicial clerkships and externships including clerking on the Texas Supreme Court for Hon. Don Willett, and externing on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and two Texas appellate courts. Burke received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center, as well as fellowships in Constitutional Law with Claremont Institute and James Wilson Institute.

In 2023, Governor Abbott appointed Burke as one of four members of the School Land Board, which manages the sale and leasing of 13 million acres of state lands. Marcella also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She was a delegate at the 2023 ARC Forum in London.

Additionally, she is the Founder of the Burke Law Mom Endowment at the University of Houston Law Center, and the Burke Law Chickasaw National Family Flourishing Endowment, both of which support law students with children. She has served as a board member for the Federalist Society Houston Lawyers Chapter for over 10 years.


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