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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

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2013-2016

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2014 and 2016

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

Burg Simpson Attorneys to Address 2016 CTLA Convention

 July 27, 2016

Burg Simpson Attorneys to Address 2016 CTLA Convention

Burg Simpson is delighted to be attending the 2016 CTLA Convention (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Shareholder David P. Hersh and Associate Nelson P. Boyle will each be hosting a session for CTLA members. On Thursday, August 4, David P. Hersh will host a session for CTLA members entitled, “Never Give Up!… Read more »

Steven Greenlee published in The Trial Lawyer magazine

 July 26, 2016

Steven Greenlee published in The Trial Lawyer magazine

The National Trial Lawyers Association’s quarterly print magazine, The Trial Lawyer, recently published an article written by shareholder Steven G. Greenlee. The article, America’s Trial Lawyers: Protecting a Threatened Species, focuses on the importance of trial lawyers and the preservation of the civil jury system. Click here to download and read the article.

Burg Simpson Attorneys to Participate in University of Wyoming Summer Trial Institute

 July 15, 2016

Burg Simpson Attorneys to Participate in University of Wyoming Summer Trial Institute

Nearly 50 volunteer attorneys and judges will again provide intensive instruction to third-year University of Wyoming College of Law students during the 2016 Summer Trial Institute course at UW in August. This practical “hands on” course teaches students essential trial skills and strategies, with these future litigators receiving direct feedback from seasoned lawyers, judges, faculty and peers. Participation in a mock jury trial in front of… Read more »

Mike Burg’s “Trial by Fire” Now Available

 July 7, 2016

Mike Burg’s “Trial by Fire” Now Available

Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is proud to announce that its founding member, Michael “Mike” Burg, has released his book, Trial by Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives. The book demonstrates Mike’s unwavering personal commitment to stand up for the weary, weak, and the downtrodden… Read more »

Defective Aluminum–Clad Windows Mean Trouble for Homeowners

 July 8, 2016

Defective Aluminum–Clad Windows Mean Trouble for Homeowners

When you buy or build a home you don’t expect your windows to be defective. Thousands of homeowners nationwide, however, may have defective aluminum-clad windows installed in their homes. Unfortunately, many of these homeowners are in the dark about the cause of their problem until after spending thousands of dollars replacing windows they shouldn’t have… Read more »

Steps You Should Take After an Auto Accident

 May 10, 2016

Steps You Should Take After an Auto Accident

Auto accidents happen every day on Colorado roads. These car crashes range from minor fender benders to deadly collisions. If you’ve ever been in a car accident then you likely know how confusing it can be to know what to do next. This post will provide you with guidance to help you handle those critical… Read more »

Burg Simpson Attorney Scott Sullan Discusses Colorado Springs Landslides

 April 29, 2016

Burg Simpson Attorney Scott Sullan Discusses Colorado Springs Landslides

The recent Colorado Springs landslides have prompted questions and concerns from local homeowners. The Gazette is publishing a special report about the landslide hazards in Colorado Springs and what, if anything is being done about them. As part of this special report, The Gazette recently interviewed Burg Simpson construction defects attorney Scott Sullan about important… Read more »

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 April 27, 2016

NFL v. NFLPA and Brady – Beware the Downside of a Broad Arbitration Clause Before You Agree

A three judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion re-instating the NFL commissioner’s four game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in “deflate-gate”, the NFL sideshow over whether Tom Brady was complicit in intentionally deflating footballs during a playoff game to gain an unfair competitive advantage over the opponent…. 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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