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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

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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