Arda Goker is an associate attorney with Burns, P.A. His practice focuses exclusively on appeals and strategic trial support.

In 2017, Arda graduated cum laude and in the top 10% of his class from Stetson University College of Law. Since then, he has briefed or assisted with the briefing of dozens of appeals and original appellate actions in Florida’s First, Second, Third, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Additionally, within six months of obtaining his law license, he presented and prevailed in his first oral argument to the Second District.

Arda’s representative past appellate matters include drafting a response that resulted in the dismissal for lack of jurisdiction of an insurance company’s petition for writ of certiorari, drafting appellate briefs that resulted in the vacation of a $1.8 million forfeiture judgment, and drafting an appellate brief and presenting argument in a family law appeal that prevented a client’s minor son from being forced to move to Idaho. 

Arda was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and raised primarily in Orlando, Florida. His mother is an executive with Oracle, and his father is a retired banker and trained chef. Arda is fluent in Turkish and speaks rudimentary Spanish. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading novels, and traveling with his wife.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2017
    • Stetson Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor
      • Best Write-On Selection Paper
      • Scholarship Luncheon Presenter 
      • Outstanding Editor Award 
    • Book Awards:
      • Research & Writing I
      • Research & Writing II
      • Appellate Practice & Advocacy
      • Interviewing & Counseling
      • White Collar Crime
      • Criminal Procedure–Adjudication
    • Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award for Excellence in Legal Research & Writing
    • Teaching Assistant to Prof. Michael Oeser (Research & Writing I, Fall Semester 2015)
    • Merit Scholarship
  • B.A., University of Central Florida, 2014




Judicial Externship

  • Hon. Edward C. LaRose, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, Tampa, Florida, Spring Semester 2016

Appellate Internship

  • Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of Florida’s Attorney General, Summer Semester 2015

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit
  • Middle District of Florida

Affiliations

  • Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court
  • The American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar Association (Appellate Practice Section and Young Lawyers Division)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Appellate Practice Section)
  • American Constitution Society

Sample Briefs


Publications and Presentations