Steve Burkett

Steve Burkett

Executive Managing Director

Current responsibilities

DA real estate veteran with more than 40 years of experience, Steve specializes in tenant representation and leasing and has represented tenants in transactions ranging from 1,000 to 765,000 square feet. During his career, Steve has built a diverse client base, as well as industry-specific expertise with law firms. To holistically understand his clients’ needs and objectives, Steve centers his approach from their perspective. He relentlessly champions on their behalf to ensure they have the right space and terms to succeed. His imitable market knowledge, finance, negotiation, analytical skills and understanding of the development processes enable him to serve clients in straight lease, lease-equity and ownership transactions.


Steve is one of the foremost real estate authorities of downtown Houston, where he has focused his efforts since 1990. As the only submarket where one can walk, Steve pounds the pavement twice daily. His on-the-ground approach, coupled with his different interest of all things downtown, allow him to stay abreast of every development. His encyclopedic knowledge empowers him to achieve the best possible solutions for his clients. Tasked to open The Staubach Company’s Houston office, now JLL, Steve is integral to JLL Houston’s success and is consistently recognized by his peers for his leadership and production.


Double Bachelor of Arts | Organizational Behavior | Management and Economics | Brown University


  • Gold Achiever Designation, JLL (2012, 2019)
  • Office Broker of the Year, NAIOP (2007)
  • Top Achiever, JLL (23 times)
  • Top Gun Designation, JLL (8 times)
  • Office Broker of the Year, NAIOP (2021)
  • Office Broker of the Year Finalist, NAIOP (2007 and 2009)

Affiliations and Community Information

  • Theatre Under the Stars, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors (2010- 2012); Board Member (2004 – present)
  • American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow (Class XXIV) and Former Trustee
  • Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association, Past President and Board Member
  • Brown University Alumni Association, Past Member/National Board of Governors
  • Brown Club of Houston, Past President
  • Central Houston, Inc., Member