Thomas H. Burke

Location: Des Moines - IA

  • 699 Walnut Street Suite 2000
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
  • Tel : 515-246-5551
  • Fax : 515-246-1474

Tom represents financial institutions, credit institutions, and other lenders in commercial and agricultural transactions on a daily basis. He leads other attorneys in the firm in handling a broad range of lending matters, including asset-based lending, acquisition financing, real estate lending, project financing, and traditional commercial lending.

He is familiar with the restructure and recovery of complex problem business credits including negotiation, restructuring and re-documenting the credit, litigating loan recovery actions, representing clients in bankruptcy proceedings, and defending lender liability claims. As needed, he works closely with litigation attorneys who can effectively defend clients in the most appropriate venue.

Tom was described by a client in Chambers USA 2018 as “an exceptionally good real estate transactional lawyer who is responsive and can solve challenging issues with a very practical approach.” Throughout his career, he has sharpened this reputation as a dealmaker and negotiator who is on speed dial for clients in Iowa and across the country. He was also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions: Banking & Finance (2012-2018) and Bankruptcy and Credit Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2018), and ranked on Great Plains Super Lawyers for Business/Corp (2015-2016).

Tom and his wife Peg are very active in the Des Moines community, participating in philanthropic activities such as the Greater Des Moines Committee, UnityPoint Health Foundation, and others.


The attorneys at Whitfield & Eddy are trusted for our ability to provide carefully crafted, practical, and effective solutions to complex legal challenges. We are steady, knowledgeable, and experienced and take a proactive approach that yields positive outcomes, both in and out of court.

We have extensive experience in a wide range of industries and a reach that extends throughout the Midwest and nationally. Whitfield & Eddy offers a full range of legal services including business, banking, litigation, employment and labor, real estate, transportation, construction, family law, and wills, trusts & estate planning.

In addition to partnering with businesses, we work closely with individuals and families. Combining sensitivity, legal knowledge, and strong advocacy, our attorneys have comprehensive experience handling complex and sophisticated issues.

Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers USA, and Best Lawyers among other publications and honors, our attorneys are highly respected in the legal community and hold leadership positions with state and local bar associations, legal societies, and numerous community charitable boards. Our team of more than 40 attorneys is known for its depth of experience, tenacity, and personal commitment. We work collaboratively with colleagues across practices and disciplines to provide the innovative counsel clients expect.

At Whitfield & Eddy, we are dedicated to cultivating the best legal talent, knowledge, and experience, guided by a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. In addition, we strive to embrace the latest digital tools and technologies that promote innovation and enhance our effectiveness and efficiency. Ultimately, our legal focus is on providing counsel that anticipates our clients’ needs so that they can focus on achieving their business and personal goals.