Richard F. Burke’s favorite fictional character is Erin Brockovich, from the movie Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts. Erin is an investigator for attorney Ed Masry, who helped fight against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
Burke’s favorite line is when Erin, assisting at a settlement conference, says: “So before you come back here with another lame ass offer, I want you to think real hard about what your spine is worth, Mr. Walker. Or what you might expect someone to pay you for your uterus, Ms. Sanchez. Then you take out your calculator and you multiply that number by a hundred. Anything less than that is a waste of our time.”