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James G. Heckbert

Senior Counsel

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James G. Heckbert focuses his practice on claims involving personal injury and wrongful death, ski injuries, auto and truck collisions, construction site negligence, medical malpractice, gas explosions and defective products.

In a distinguished career spanning four decades, Mr. Heckbert has secured eight jury verdicts in excess of $1 million. He has obtained numerous other settlements and judgments for amounts also exceeding $1 million.

Mr. Heckbert is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a select group of trial lawyers with multiple million-dollar verdicts and has also been voted a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in Colorado by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Due to the high profile nature of his practice, Mr. Heckbert’s cases have been the subject of two segments on the CBS television show 60 Minutes, while two others were the subjects of segments on ABC’s 20 20, and NBC’s Dateline television news magazines. Mr. Heckbert is named to both Colorado Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

A native of Wooster, Ohio, Mr. Heckbert graduated first in his class from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio in 1974.



  • $6.5 million verdict for a 10-year-old victim of pediatric medical malpractice. This case was the subject of a segment on NBC’s Dateline television program.


  • $4.9 million verdict for the victims of a natural gas explosion.


  • $3.675 million verdict for a motorcyclist injured due to a defective Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This case was the subject of a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes television program.


  • $3.59 million verdict for a policeman mistakenly shot by a fellow policeman. This case was the subject of a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes television program.


  • $3.1 million verdict for a motorist injured as a result of state’s failure to fence elk from the highway.


  • $3 million verdict for a motorist struck by semi-truck.


  • $2.6 million verdict for three family members struck by a semi-truck.


  • $2.4 million verdict for injuries received in a bicycle collision.


  • $2 million verdict for a patient injured as a result of surgical medical malpractice.


  • $1.2 million verdict for a child injured when semi-truck struck the auto in which the child was riding.


  • $885,000 verdict for failure to timely diagnose lung cancer.


  • $675,000 verdict for a victim of a defective artificial knee prosthesis.




  • $6.4 million settlement for an infant in pediatric medical malpractice case.


  • $4.3 million settlement for a patient in anesthesia medical malpractice case.


  • $2.9 million settlement for an infant in obstetrical medical malpractice case.


  • $2.8 million settlement for a patient in medical malpractice case.


  • $2.5 million settlement in truck collision death case.


  • $1.8 million settlement for two victims of a natural gas explosion.


  • $1.5 million settlement for injuries in construction site case.


  • $1.4 million settlement for a worker injured by exploding adhesive vapors.


  • $1.3 million settlement for a patient of anesthesia medical malpractice case.


  • Undisclosed settlement for victims of beryllium lung disease. This case was the subject of a segment of ABC’s 20/20 television program.


AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Colorado Super Lawyer, 2013-2014

Best Lawyers in America, 2014

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Colorado, 2006

Arizona, 1974

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1974

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

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

J.D., 1974, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

Honors: With High Distinction

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

The National Trial Lawyers

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Routt County Search & Rescue, former President and Board Member

Steamboat Arts Council, former Board Member

Historic Routt County, former Board Member

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 February 3, 2016

The InQuiring Lawyer Dialogue: Bias, Diversity, and Inclusiveness in the Colorado Legal Community – Part I

Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund’s InQuiring Lawyer series has returned to The Colorado Lawyer again this year. In the first of a four-part series, dialogue participants, including judges, lawyers, law professors, law students, entrepreneurs, business leaders, politicians, children, gadflies, and, according to Mr. Sandgrund, “know-it-alls (myself included)” discuss their opinions on the matter in… Read more »

American Bar Foundation inducts Peter Burg as Fellow

 January 25, 2016

American Bar Foundation inducts Peter Burg as Fellow

Denver, CO, January 25, 2016 – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has announced that shareholder Peter W. Burg has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation limits Fellows to one percent of the lawyers admitted to practice in the United States and its territories and to… Read more »

Burg Simpson Shareholder David P. Hersh Inducted as Fellow to the Colorado Bar Foundation

 January 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Shareholder David P. Hersh Inducted as Fellow to the Colorado Bar Foundation

Denver, CO, January 18, 2016 – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has announced that shareholder David P. Hersh has been inducted as a Fellow to the Colorado Bar Foundation. The Colorado Bar Fellows are selected from nominees recommended by their colleagues based on factors such as their prominence, reputation and good standing in… Read more »

Burg Simpson Attorneys Named to 5280 Magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyers List

 January 4, 2016

Burg Simpson Attorneys Named to 5280 Magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyers List

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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist policy exhaustion clause held void and unenforceable by Colorado Court of Appeals

 May 24, 2015

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist policy exhaustion clause held void and unenforceable by Colorado Court of Appeals

In a very important decision on May 21, 2015 by the Colorado Court of Appeals, the court decided that exhaustion clauses in uninsured/underinsured motorist policies are void and unenforceable under Colorado law. Most all auto policies in Colorado that provide underinsured motorist coverage include a clause stating that an insured cannot make a claim for… Read more »

Proposed Legislation May Cost Homeowners Their Rights

 April 2, 2015

Proposed Legislation May Cost Homeowners Their Rights

The Aurora Sentinel’s article talks about proposed legislation to help regulate construction of affordable housing in Colorado. If you’re a homeowner, the regulations mean that you may lose your rights to hold your builder accountable for cheap or shoddy construction. Read the full article by Dave Perry, Aurora Sentinel Editor, here.

Ring of Fire: Republican Destruction

 January 11, 2016

Ring of Fire: Republican Destruction

Michael S. Burg talks with Farron Cousins about what to expect from the Republicans in 2016, on Ring of Fire.

Ring of Fire: Big Pharma’s New Rip Off

 December 17, 2015

Ring of Fire: Big Pharma’s New Rip Off

Michael Burg talks with Farron Cousins about Pfizer’s latest ripoff.

Ring of Fire: Privatization of Justice

 October 13, 2015

Ring of Fire: Privatization of Justice

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 October 5, 2015

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 September 4, 2015

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10 important things about Burg Simpson

 September 4, 2015

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