John Burke

John Burke

Executive Managing Director

Current responsibilities

While Mr. Burke is primarily focused on the Houston market, in his over 28 years he has completed projects in cities throughout the United States. In 2002, he completed the largest office lease transaction of the year in New Orleans for ExxonMobil Corporation.

In May 2008, he completed a 109,000 square foot lease transaction for KPMG to be the lead tenant in the new Hines Mainplace building (now BG Group Place) in downtown Houston. In July 2011, Mr. Burke completed a 186,000 square foot lease for BBVA Compass to be the lead tenant in the Galleria market’s first new multi-tenant office building in 30 years. In June 2012, he completed a 204,000 RSF lease for Murphy Exploration and Production to be the lead tenant in a to-be-built building in the Memorial City project in the Houston Energy Corridor. Also in 2012, he completed a 50,000 RSF lease for Environmental Resource Management (ERM) to be the lead tenant in and kick-off development of the City Center 4 building in the City Center mixed use project in the Houston Energy Corridor.

In 2020 Mr. Burke complete a 130,000 RSF lease restructuring and extension for KPMG at 811 Main in Houston.

In 2021, Mr. Burke completed a 51,000 RSF disposition for Murphy Oil in Calgary.
Prior to joining the Staubach Company (later JLL) Mr. Burke spent five years with Hines providing management and leasing services in downtown Houston.


  • The University of Houston | Master’s in Business Administration
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Syracuse University | Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Science in Communications


  • Teaching consultant to Junior Achievement (seven years)
  • Member of the Houston Association of Realtors
  • Co-Chair of the Regis School Capital Campaign
  • Board member and Treasurer of the Phillips Academy/Abbot Academy Association of Houston


  • 2002 Winner of Office Lease of the year in New Orleans, LA for 210,000 RSF , Exxon Mobil lease
  • JLL Top Gun 2012, 2013 and 2020
  • The JLL/Staubach Top Achiever award 23 times
  • The Houston Business Journal’s Heavy Hitter award 2012 and 2020
  • 2014 HBJ Landmark Award winner for BBVA Regional Headquarters
  • 2014 HBJ Landmark Award finalist for Murphy Oil Building in Memorial City