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Charles R. Mendez

Associate

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Charles R. Mendez focuses his practice primarily on Medical Malpractice litigation but has extensive experience working within a human services capacity throughout the Denver metro area. Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Mendez worked for the Denver City Attorney’s Office and has spent most of his professional career working in the area of civil litigation.

A graduate of the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law, Mr. Mendez was Co-President of the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the University of Denver National Trial Team. While earning his Juris Doctor, Mr. Mendez coached mock trial teams, assisted a law professor in research and writing, and represented clients as a student attorney in the law school’s civil litigation clinic.

An avid writer, Mr. Mendez has written articles published in several law journals and newspapers. He received the Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing, presented by Justice Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also selected as the winner of the 2014 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, administered by Notre Dame Law School.

Winner, Notre Dame Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition 2014

Winner, American Inns of Court, Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing 2014

Regional Finalist, American Association for Justice National Trial Tournament 2013

Member, SCOL’s National Trial Team 2012-14

Board Member, DU Law Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD)

Faculty Fellow, SCOL 2014

Colorado, 2014

J.D., 2014, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (SCOL)

B.A., 2010, Philosophy & Theology - Westmont College, Santa Barbara CA

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Deflating Autonomy - 66 S. Carolina Law Review 401. 2014

Is it More Than a Dream? - 17 Legal Ethics 132. Summer 2014

CLE Presenter, “Client Autonomy for the Organizational Client,” Denver City Attorney’s Office, January 2015

CLE Presenter, “Client Autonomy and Professionalism,” DU Law’s Trial Advocacy Department , August 2015

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

 April 25, 2017

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

In 2012, 13-year-old Taft Conlin and four of his friends made their way through the open lower gate of Prima Cornice in Vail, a ridgetop that sits above a skiable area. After several runs in this area, an avalanche swept over Conlin and two of his friends, killing him and injuring another. His family subsequently… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

 April 7, 2017

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

As the Senate wrestles with a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg dialed into BBC Radio’s “Up All Night” this this week to defend the federal appellate judge. Read more »

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

 April 6, 2017

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

As the Senate battle over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch heads toward an actual vote this week, Burg Simpson Founding Shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with SiriusXM’s Tim Farley on his POTUS morning radio show to discuss the confirmation fight. Read more »

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

 April 5, 2017

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

Burg Simpson is renewing its support of Denver’s law enforcement community with the launch of the Burg Simpson Law Firm Denver Police Officer Foundation Scholarship competition. The winner will take home a $1,500 college scholarship to pay for tuition, fees, books, meals or housing. Read more »

Insurance Claims Denied – Injury Attorney Denver – Burg Simpson

 April 27, 2017

Why Your Insurance Company Denies or Undervalues Your Personal Injury Claim

When the negligence of another driver causes a car accident that injures someone else, that person may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. If the at-fault driver is insured and filed a claim, the insurance company typically investigates to determine the liability and damages. Sometimes the insurance company denies or undervalues the damages… Read more »

Device Recall - Dangerous Medical Devices Attorney – Burg Simpson

 April 24, 2017

What is a Medical Device Recall?

When a person undergoes a medical procedure involving the use of a medical device, that person trusts it’s safe and effective. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it becomes clear that a medical device is causing unexpected harm to consumers, a medical device manufacturer must take measures to address such serious problems. One such… Read more »

Fitness Tracker – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 April 20, 2017

Your Fitness Tracker Could Help Your Personal Injury Case

Fitness trackers have quickly become a fixture on the American wrist over the last two years, taking the lion’s share of the wearable gadget gift market. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and a dozen other such gizmos can track not only steps taken, but also blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality and more. Now, fitness trackers… Read more »

Vision Screenings for Safe Driving – Personal Injury Attorney Denver – Burg Simpson

 April 19, 2017

Vision Screening Test Could Keep Roads Safer

Driving is the preferred mode of transportation for most Americans over 65. Safe driving relies on the quick and accurate assessment of visual cues. But the ability to process these cues can deteriorate with age, which can make driving dangerous for both the driver as well as everyone else on the road. In a long-term… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

Net Neutrality

 November 18, 2015

Net Neutrality: A Panel Discussion

Rick D. Bailey contributes his opinion on Net Neutrality in this panel article published in Best Lawyers® Business Edition, Summer, 2015. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Rick Bailey - Hearing and Mishearing

 November 18, 2015

Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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