Alton G. Burkhalter

Managing Partner
Irvine, California

Mr. Burkhalter is the founding partner of BKCG. He is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer, the top ranking in ability and ethics by Martindale- Hubbell. He has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for Business Litigation every year since 2007.

Mr. Burkhalter is a seasoned business trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended a wide array of cases. He has received multiple “8 figure” jury trial awards, including a Nashville jury verdict of $30.4 million. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Burkhalter advises and represents clients in a wide variety of business settings, such as purchases and sales of businesses, partner buy-in and buy-outs, restructuring business relationships, and terminating partners and business units.

Mr. Burkhalter obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, cum laude, from Northwestern State University in his home state of Louisiana. After becoming a Certified Public Accountant with one of the big four international accounting firms, Mr. Burkhalter earned his law degree at Pepperdine University, graduating magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice law in California and Arizona.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Business and Real Estate Transactions
  • Auto Dealer Representation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985
  • Arizona, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Ranked Fifth in his Law School Class
  • Northwestern State University, Natchitoche, Louisiana
    • B.S. cum laude
    • Major: Accounting

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated Lawyer, the Top Ranking in Ability and Ethics by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southern California Super Lawyer for Business Litigation, 2006 - 2018
  • "8 Figure" Jury Trial Awards
  • "7 Figure" Verdicts


  • English