About Fatema Burkey

About Fatema

Fatema (“Tema”) joined the Gottesman Chapin Group in November 2019. 

Tema is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and Washington and is thrilled to apply her professional education and experience in her role as a Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers.

Originally from Philadelphia, Tema graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics in 1998.  Tema moved to New York City after college and worked for two years as Assistant to the Chief Publishing Officer for Marcel Dekker, a medical publishing firm.  Tema then attended Washington University School of Law, focusing on international law and human rights, and served on the Editorial Board for The Washington University Law Quarterly.  After graduating from law school in 2003, Tema returned to the Philadelphia area, and joined Chimicles & Tikellis, a complex litigation firm.  In 2015, Tema relocated with her family to Seattle and joined Mercer Island Law Group, a boutique employment law firm. 

Tema is President of The Mary E. Groff Charitable Trust, a private foundation funding medical science, research, and education.  In addition, Tema volunteers with several local nonprofit boards, including The Mercer Island Schools Foundation, The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, and TheFilmSchool of Seattle.  She also serves on the Alumni Admissions Committee for Georgetown University’s Seattle chapter. 

Tema speaks French fluently and enjoys food, travel, yoga, tennis, and hiking.