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Meghan C. Quinlivan

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Meghan Quinlivan - Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Ms. Quinlivan joined Burg Simpson in October 2007 after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Carol E. Higbee, Superior Court of New Jersey. Ms. Quinlivan focuses her practice primarily in the areas of complex, pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort, and class action litigation including products liability and consumer protection.

Ms. Quinlivan’s current practice involves mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical device products. Currently, Ms. Quinlivan serves as member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the In re: Power Morcellator Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2652) overseen by the by the Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil (Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas). Additionally, Ms. Quinlivan serves as a member of discovery and law and briefing teams in the In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2595) before Hon. Matthew Kennelly (District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois). Over the past several years, Ms. Quinlivan has supported the Plaintiffs Executive Committee for In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2385) overseen by the Hon. David R. Herndon (Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois). In 2014, the Pradaxa MDL culminated in a $650 million settlement program on behalf of approximately 4,000 claimants after 21 months of litigation. Ms. Quinlivan has also supported Co-Lead Counsel and Discovery Committee Co-Chairs in the In re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2100) pending in the Southern District of Illinois, before the Honorable David R. Herndon.

Additionally, Ms. Quinlivan represents or has represented those injured by Testosterone Replacement Therapy, power morcellators including the Gynecare Morcellex device, Pradaxa, Actos, Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents, YAZ/Yasmin/Ocella birth control pills, DePuy ASR and Pinnacle artificial hips, Wright Medical artificial hips, Biomet artificial hips, as well as other drugs and medical devices. Ms. Quinlivan has significant experience litigating pharmaceutical and medical device cases and coordinating Burg Simpson’s settlement administration process to see thousands of individual mass tort cases through the settlement process.

Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Ms. Quinlivan served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Carol E. Higbee. At the time of this clerkship, Judge Higbee was Presiding Judge for Atlantic County Vicinage, and served as one of three mass tort judges in New Jersey overseeing cases involving claims against the manufacturers of Vioxx, Accutane, Bextra and Celebrex pharmaceutical products. During law school, Ms. Quinlivan worked as a law clerk for the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, assisting with investigations and prosecutions of violations of federal environmental statutes and regulations.

Ms. Quinlivan was born in Denver, Colorado. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and earned her law degree from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Quinlivan is admitted to practice law in Colorado and in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. She has been recognized as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer for Colorado since 2013, as Law Week Colorado’s “Compleat Lawyer” in 2011, and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® in Colorado from 2010 through 2013.

Top 100 Trial Lawyer, the National Trial Lawyers, 2013–present

Montessori Academy of Colorado, Board of Directors, 2014-present

Selected to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2010-2013

Compleat Lawyer, Law Week Colorado,2011

Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation Grant Recipient, 2005

Colorado, 2007

United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2007

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Power Morcellator Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2652)

J.D., 2006, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

B.A., 1997, University of Colorado

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

National Trial Lawyers

American Association for Justice

“The Supreme Court Expands Preemption of State Tort Claims for Pharmaceutical Injuries” (The Trial Lawyer, Fall 2013)

Colorado Bar Association Annual Tort Law Update, October, 2015

CLE Presentation, Product Liability Update

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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