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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

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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