About Osborn Reed & Burke

The Firm takes great pride in its rich history in the Greater Rochester area.  The Firm was originally founded in 1916 by Eugene Dwyer and Arthur E. Sutherland, Sr. and was known as Sutherland & Dwyer.  After several name changes, the Firm became known as Osborn, Reed & Burke, LLP, in 1998, and, thereafter, relocated to the historic Time Square Building, beneath the iconic Wings of Progress.

Former Partners of the Firm have included Arthur E. Sutherland, Jr., who served as a Secretary to Oliver Wendell Holmes and ultimately became a Professor of Law at Cornell University and Harvard University; Carroll Roberts, who was elected to the Monroe County Supreme Court Bench; Samuel B. Dicker, who was Rochester’s Mayor for seventeen years; Stephen V. Lines, who achieved regional prominence as a trial lawyer; Frederick J. Wilkens, who was the Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Rochester; and John C. Osborn, who served as counsel for the Village of Pittsford for decades.  In 2013, Jeffrey M. Wilkens, and in 2014 Thomas C. Burke, renowned trial attorneys in the community, retired from the Firm after more than four decades of practice.

Over the last century, the Firm has grown in size and scope, and has deliberately and conscientiously diversified its expertise in a broad range of practice areas with a focus on litigation, including Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, General Insurance Defense, Labor and Employment, Schools and Municipalities, and Toxic Torts.  The Firm also continues to provide outstanding client service in its long-standing practice areas of Estates and Trusts, Family Law and Matrimonial, and Real Estate.  

Our clients include hospitals, physicians, non-physician medical providers, municipalities, school districts, business owners, products manufacturers, premises owners, and individuals, and the Firm is devoted to providing them stellar client service and achieving superior results.