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David K. TeSelle

Trial Lawyer/Shareholder/Leader, Complex Commercial & Business Litigation Team/Leader, Construction Defect Litigation Team

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David K. TeSelle is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and President of the National Trial Lawyers Business Torts Specialty Association. Mr. TeSelle has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court and in private arbitration. He is also co-leader in charge of managing Burg Simpson’s Complex Commercial/Business Litigation and Construction Defect Litigation Groups, which includes over a dozen of the best trial lawyers in the country.

Mr. TeSelle’s primary focus is fighting for his clients through complex commercial, business and construction defect litigation disputes, sometimes against the largest, toughest, and most well-funded big businesses, banks, builders and insurers in the world.

This includes numerous successful settlements, trial verdicts and arbitration awards in the multiple millions of dollars in many different areas of complex commercial litigation, including construction defects, “bet the business” disputes, fiduciary duty violations, shareholder, partnership and member disputes, consumer and corporate fraud, securities disputes, whistleblower actions, property disputes, insurance bad faith actions, lender-liability disputes, investor disputes, shareholder derivative actions, product liability cases, class actions and mass torts. Mr. TeSelle has also successfully tried several complex personal injury jury trials to multiple million dollar verdicts. Mr. Te Selle has also handled Federal and State False Claim Act (Qui Tam) Litigation on behalf of whistleblowers who expose fraud against the state and federal taxpayers.

Mr. TeSelle believes that trial lawyers are critical to preserving the vibrant marketplace that makes our country exceptional. Only trial lawyers can ensure that the good businesses, good builders, good bankers, good investment advisors and good insurers succeed- and thrive – by bring the bad actors to justice, to ensure that the system is fair and just for all.

Mr. TeSelle serves a wide range of clients, and prides himself on hard work, professionalism, and an unrelenting focus on serving the client, striving to meet the client’s goals and objectives in a cost-effective manner. Mr. TeSelle demands only “A-plus” work product from his team on all aspects of legal representation. One size does not fit all in high-stakes commercial and construction defect litigation disputes. Mr. TeSelle is always working to find creative and effective ways to achieve success for his clients. Mr. TeSelle never forgets that the ultimate goal is to fight hard to win justice for his clients, and to do so as ethically, effectively and economically as possible.

Mr. TeSelle is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has repeatedly been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and as a Colorado Super Lawyer, and has been honored as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been deputized by the State of Wyoming as an Assistant State Attorney General to seek recovery of over a hundred million dollars in losses suffered by the state pension and treasury as a result of the fraudulent ratings placed on structured investment products during the Great Recession.

Mr. TeSelle was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University in New York, NY in 1991. Mr. TeSelle received his law degree in 1994 from Dickinson School of Law (now of Pennsylvania State University). Mr. TeSelle joined Burg Simpson in 1998, after practicing for several years outside Philadelphia. Mr. TeSelle is a regular correspondent on Robert Kennedy and Mike Papantonio’s “Ring of Fire” TV program on Free Speech TV. He is also a regular speaker at national conferences, teaching other lawyers about trial practice and various aspects of business/commercial litigation. He also teaches classes on trial practice to young aspiring trial lawyers at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2017,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

Nation’s Top One Percent 2015, National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2012-2017

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012-2016

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

AVVO 10.0 Rating

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

President, National Trial Lawyers Business Tort Trial Lawyers Association

Colorado, 1998

Pennsylvania (Inactive), 1994

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1998

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

Arizona, 2015

J.D., 1994, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

B.A., 1991, Columbia College, Columbia University in New York, NY

President of the National Trial Lawyers Business Tort Trial Lawyers Specialty Association, 2012-2015

The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

Jefferson County Bar Association

Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

 June 8, 2017

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

The third time’s the charm for PTSD relief for Colorado’s first responders. After a pair of failed attempts over the past few years, the legislature finally sent a bill to the governor this year that would allow first responders to apply for mental impairment claim under Colorado workers’ compensation law after a “psychologically traumatic event.”… Read more »

Michael Burg Blasts Big Pharma

 June 6, 2017

Michael Burg Blasts Big Pharma

The political environment in DC couldn’t be better for Big Pharma. And it’s about to get worse, which is what worries Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg. “Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is so financially tied to Big Pharma that he could not possibly be a reliable… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

 May 31, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

This Year Marks the Sixth Time the Denver-Based Law Firm Has Been Named to the Prestigious List May 29, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce it has been selected to The Legal 500 for 2017 and founding shareholder Michael S…. Read more »

Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

 May 24, 2017

Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

The awards just keep coming in for the attorneys at Burg Simpson. The Professionals in Workers’ Compensation (PWC) named shareholder Nick D. Fogel the 2016 Outstanding Claimant Attorney of the Year. Nick is Burg Simpson’s workers’ compensation department head and has extensive experience working with clients who’ve been injured at work. “I was humbled and… Read more »

Breach of Contact – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorneys- Burg Simpson

 June 22, 2017

HOW LONG DOES A PARTY HAVE TO PERFORM HIS OR HER DUTY UNDER A CONTRACT?

If you are in the business world, a common cause of action you may encounter is for breach of contract. A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to perform an agreed-upon duty as specified in the contract, whether it’s verbal or written.  Sometimes the question arises as to how long a party to… Read more »

Second Jobs – Denver Work Comp Lawyers - Burg Simpson

 June 21, 2017

Does a Second Job Threaten Your Workers’ Comp Claim?

Colorado’s one of the more fortunate states in the country right now. While the national unemployment rate hovers around 4.3 percent, the Centennial State boasts a rate of nearly half that at 2.3 percent. Not only is it the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, it’s so low that the state’s jobless rate has only… Read more »

Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run- Burg Simpson

 June 19, 2017

Runners, Walkers Race to Honor Jeremy Bitner

Clouds may have threatened Colorado skies early Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop hundreds of runners, walkers, and children from showing up at Englewood’s Cornerstone Park for the 2017 Jeremy Bitner Memorial 5K/10K Run & 5K Walk. The fifth annual race honored the late Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner, who died in the line of… Read more »

Texting and Driving – Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 June 16, 2017

Colorado Cracks Down on Texting and Driving

In late-February of last year, 28-year-old Athina Munoz barreled south down a rural Colorado highway when she realized she had an urgent text message to send. She swerved into oncoming traffic as she did so, killing an older couple on a motorcycle instantly. Munoz also tested three times the limit for alcohol, which helped earn… 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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