Denise D. Burke

Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, physicians, medical device companies and other healthcare clients trust Denise Burke for practical and innovative solutions to a wide range of compliance and operations issues. As a former Compliance Officer, Quality Management Professional and a key member of a Deferred Prosecution Federal Monitor Team for a medical device company, Denise has valuable firsthand experience developing effective compliance programs that sustain government scrutiny. She is currently engaged by a large not-for-profit hospital as the team leader for an Independent Review Organization engagement pursuant to a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of the Inspector General.She also assists clients with internal and external investigations.  Denise’s in-house experience in hospital, home health, durable medical equipment and physician practice management settings make her a trusted and enthusiastic advisor on both day-to-day healthcare operations issues and long-term strategic objectives. 

Denise has extensive experience in federal and state fraud and abuse matters involving Stark, anti-kickback laws and the False Claims Act, and she represents clients in billing, EMTALA and HIPAA audits and appeals.  Denise serves as special regulatory counsel to assist venture capital and other healthcare companies with diligence and appropriate structuring of transactions.

Honors, Recognitions and Leadership

Denise is recognized in Best Lawyers for her healthcare law experience, and in 2017 she was honored as a Woman of Influence by Best Lawyers Business EditionAdditionally, Denise has been honored each of the last three years in Memphis Medical News’ InCharge Healthcare, an annual directory of healthcare leaders and executives who are transforming the healthcare industry. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Executive Council of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section, and in 2016 Denise was named a Fellow of the Nashville Health Care Council.  In 2012 she was named “Lawyer of the Year” in healthcare law for the Memphis and West Tennessee area by Best Lawyers, which is affiliated with U.S. News and World Report. Denise serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives; the Institute for Health Law & Policy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; and Common Table Health Alliance, a regional health and healthcare improvement collaborative comprising community partners dedicated to improving health and well-being in our community and achieving health equity. Denise is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Memphis Chapter of Go Red for Women which spearheads the American Heart Association’s efforts to prevent heart disease in women. She was named a Best of the Bar finalist in 2016 and 2018 by the Memphis Business Journal. Denise was also listed as a "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer."


  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Health Care Council, Class of 2016
  • Member, Memphis, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations
  • Immediate Past Chair, Executive Council, TBA Health Law Section
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • Advisory Board Member, Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Health Law & Policy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Advisory Board Member, Common Table Health Alliance

Prior Affiliations

  • Partner, Butler Snow LLP, Memphis, Tenn.


  • J.D., Memphis State University, 1993
  • B.S., with honors, University of Tennessee, 1986

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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When she’s not working, Denise enjoys the quiet of the family farm an hour outside of Memphis. She is also an avid sports fan.