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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

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 »

Alan K. Simpson Discusses Trump’s Budget

 May 24, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Discusses Trump’s Budget

President Donald Trump unveiled his first federal budget proposal this week. Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson isn’t a fan. In a discussion with CNBC’s Rick Santelli, the pair derided the optimistic growth projections in the $3.6 trillion budget as well as the hyper-partisan rancor that plagues Capitol Hill and prevents the parties from working… Read more »

New FDA Chief Expected to Take Action on Generic Drugs

 May 11, 2017

New FDA Chief Expected to Take Action on Generic Drugs

New U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will almost certainly halt a long-awaited rule letting generic drug makers update warning labels, which would reopen the door for consumers to sue for a failure to warn them adequately. Michael S. Burg, a veteran Denver mass tort attorney and co-founder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh… Read more »

Burg Simpson 2016 Verdict Ranks as One of Colorado’s Largest

 May 5, 2017

Burg Simpson 2016 Verdict Ranks as One of Colorado’s Largest

Law Week Colorado released its annual list of top verdicts for 2016 this week and a Burg Simpson case made the top 10. The $3.25 million personal injury verdict in Angela Rodgers and Jeff Nuttall v. The Hertz Corp. ranked as the eighth-largest jury verdict and third-largest personal injury in the state last year. After… Read more »

Road Rage- Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer - Burg Simpson

 May 24, 2017

Colorado Cracks Down On Raging Drivers

There are more drivers on the road today than ever before. That’s no doubt part of the reason that, after years of declines, traffic deaths have been on the rise for the past two years. In fact, despite all of the advancements in automotive technology and increased safety standards, more than 40,000 people died on… Read more »

Small Accidents – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 May 22, 2017

Worse than I Thought! Small Accidents with Big Injury

Some car accidents are more “impactful” than others. High-speed collisions with lots of broken glass, sirens, and rubberneckers are certainly easy to identify. However, not every accident is so dramatic. Smaller accidents, especially those that don’t seem obviously harmful, can also result in moderate to serious injury. In some cases, those involved in purportedly “minor”… Read more »

Autonomous Vehicles – Colorado Personal Injury Attorney– Burg Simpson

 May 19, 2017

The Many Questions Raised by the Increase in Autonomous Vehicles

Amid the news that a self-driving semi completed the first shipment by an autonomous vehicle when it traveled from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in late October to deliver a shipment of beer, many thought this was the beginning of a bright future. But the future might not be as rosy as the autonomous vehicle… Read more »

Dog Bit Injury – Injury Lawyers Denver – Burg Simpson

 May 17, 2017

How to Treat a Dog Bite

American families love dogs. Most dogs make excellent pets and never act aggressively or bite people. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 900,000 people seek emergency medical treatment for dog bites every year. The majority of those bitten and seeking medical attention for dog bites are children aged four to… 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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