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Kerry N. Jardine

Shareholder

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Mr. Jardine acts as the firm’s Managing Shareholder and serves on its Executive Committee. He has been instrumental in the firm’s management, practice group formation, global strategy, and direction for over 15 years. Established in 1976, Burg Simpson now has over 50 lawyers and five offices nationally. The firm’s focus is on trial work and plaintiff litigation, with nine main practice areas: Accidents and Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Mass Torts, Business Litigation, Construction Defects, Defective Products, Employment Litigation and Labor Law, Workers’ Compensation, and Securities/Bond Fraud.

Prior to receiving his JD/MBA in 1987, Mr. Jardine worked several years for a Fortune 500 company. He received his JD/MBA from Brigham Young University and joined Burg Simpson two years later in 1989. He litigates extensively in a wide range of personal injury actions, including automobile and trucking accidents, unsafe products, and gas explosion cases.

During Mr. Jardine’s years of leadership, Burg Simpson has developed into a national firm and has received many accolades including recently being named the Number One Products Liability Firm in the USA by Martindale-Hubbell. Burg Simpson has also been named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of America’s 25 Most Influential Law Firms. Also during Mr. Jardine’s leadership, Burg Simpson has been recognized as one of America’s leading law firms, according to the 2011 through 2015 editions of the U.S. Legal 500. Regarded as one of the most comprehensive worldwide guide to law firms and attorneys, the U.S. Legal 500 has ranked Burg Simpson as a top tier law firm and national leader when it comes to representing mass tort and class action plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. The current edition of the U.S.Legal 500 describes Burg Simpson as “providing the highest level of service of law firms representing consumers in the U.S.”

Mr. Jardine has been a firm leader in its expanding Mass Torts practice group, which has successfully represented thousands of clients in unsafe drugs since 1998, including the Fen-Phen®/Redux® diet pill class action and multi-district litigation, Propulsid®, PPA, Zyprexa®, Ortho Evra®, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, Actos®, Depuy, and Yaz®. Over the past 15 years, Burg Simpson has become one of the nation’s strongest mass tort firms, representing thousands of men, women and children in all states.

Mr. Jardine is also one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in gas related explosions. Over the past 20 years, he has tried and handled more than 30 gas explosion cases around the country – explosions at gas plants, commercial districts, and residential areas.

Since 2009, Mr. Jardine has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America® for Mass Tort Litigation. “Mass tort” litigation is a practice where a single product injures hundreds or thousands of people, and there are special procedures in place to help victims receive justice. Best Lawyers® publishes a book each year listing those individuals who are recognized as professionals who continue to distinguish themselves among their peers. The book is considered to be, professionally, the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Mr. Jardine was chosen for this distinguished group because he has displayed an exemplary commitment to his profession, his community, and his clients.

Due to his many career accomplishments, and the accomplishments of Burg Simpson nationally, the National Trial Lawyers recognized Mr. Jardine as one of the country’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers, a recognition of the commitment he has demonstrated for more than 20 years to protect the rights of men, women, and children throughout the nation. This National Trial Lawyers recognition is by special invitation only, and was awarded because of Mr. Jardine’s superior qualifications of leadership, outstanding reputation, influence, stature, and profile as a civil trial lawyer. The National Trial Lawyers has also named him to the 100 Top Trial Lawyers in Colorado.

Mr. Jardine has been selected to Colorado Super Lawyers® every year since 2010, an honor reserved for less than five percent of all attorneys. Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, and is a sophisticated, comprehensive, and complex selection process.

Best Lawyers® in America, 2008-2017

Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys, the National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney, the National Trial Lawyers

Recommended Attorney, the U.S. Legal 500, 2013

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2010-2016

Colorado, 1989

Washington (inactive), 1988

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1982

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

J.D., 1987, Brigham Young University Law School

M.B.A., 1987, Brigham Young University School of Business

B.A., 1983, Brigham Young University

The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

"How to Diversify Your Practice for Financial Gain and Survival," presentation, National Trial Lawyers Summit, January, 2015.

“How to Pick the Right Case” – Presentation to the National Trial Lawyers Annual Summit; Miami, Florida; January 21, 2013

Burg Simpson’s Alan K. Simpson Urges Trump to Keep Campaign Promise

 March 23, 2017

Burg Simpson’s Alan K. Simpson Urges Trump to Keep Campaign Promise

One of President Trump’s newest proposed executive orders is meant to protect “religious liberty.” Instead, it has the potential to legalize the discrimination of gays, women, and other minorities. As such, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Alan Simpson urges the president to think twice before signing it, arguing that not only is the measure wildly unpopular… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Makes Case for Supreme Court Nominee

 March 23, 2017

Michael S. Burg Makes Case for Supreme Court Nominee

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s lengthy Senate confirmation hearing is expected to wrap up this week. President Trump nominated Gorsuch, a 10th Circuit Appellate judge, last month to fill the late Justice Scalia’s seat after his sudden death last year. The Colorado native has drawn strong Republican support but faces critical Democrats concerned about his… Read more »

Winners Awarded in Burg Simpson College Scholarship Competition

 March 15, 2017

Winners Awarded in Burg Simpson College Scholarship Competition

Denver, CO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, announced the winners of its Fifth Annual College Scholarship Competition. Launched in 2012, the competition encourages seniors from across the state to write a 1,500-word essay about the importance of the civil jury system as the guardian of American… Read more »

5th Annual Jeremy Bitner 5K to support fallen officers

 March 7, 2017

5th Annual Jeremy Bitner 5K to support fallen officers

Denver, Colorado – On May 28th, 2012 Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner lost his life after he was struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. The 8-year police veteran left behind his wife as well as a young son and daughter, and his absence was felt by other family members and… Read more »

Are Medical Malpractice Caps Costing Injured Colorado Residents?

 March 3, 2017

Are Medical Malpractice Caps Costing Injured Colorado Residents?

A recent article in the Legal Examiner, a legal periodical, asks provocative questions as to whether Colorado’s medical malpractice caps on non-economic damages are costing injured Colorado residents who have been the victims of medical malpractice.  The often-cited justification for caps on medical malpractice damages is to prevent the premiums for physicians’ medical malpractice liability… Read more »

Burg Simpson’s Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Attorneys Help Win Fight to Strengthen Consumer Rights

 February 24, 2017

Burg Simpson’s Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Attorneys Help Win Fight to Strengthen Consumer Rights

Burg Simpson congratulates shareholders Thomas W. Henderson and Brian K. Matise and attorney Nelson Boyle for their great win. On behalf of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, these Burg Simpson attorneys submitted a pro bono “friend of the court” brief in Nibert v. Geico Casualty Co, 2017COA23. With their help, Colorado insurance consumers’ rights are… Read more »

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

 February 17, 2017

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I Recall of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder due to higher than reported fracture rates.  Zimmer Biomet issued the recall on December 15, 2016.  The Zimmer recall includes thousands of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulders.  The recalled devices were distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.  As part of the shoulder recall,… Read more »

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances

 January 30, 2017

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances

Ronald Sandgrund (Of Counsel), along with Associates Jennifer Seidman, Leslie Tuft and Nelson Boyle of the Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group have co-authored a three-part article in The Colorado Lawyer. The article discusses the many recently enacted construction defect Colorado municipal ordinances, including their “right-of-repair,” “HOA disclosure and consent-to-sue” and arbitration procedures. Part 1 of… 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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