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Michael S. Burg

Founder/Shareholder

Michael S. Burg Lawyer of the Year 2016 Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence avvo-10-top-attorney-personal-injury Michael Burg - Best Lawyers 2017 Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum Fellow LCA Michael Burg Super Lawyers 10 years Legal 500 Leading Individual Michael Burg-5280 Top Lawyer 2016 American Board of Trial Advocates

Michael Burg was admitted to the Colorado Bar in May, 1976 and founded Burg Simpson in 1977. Today, Burg Simpson comprises more than 50 attorneys with offices in four states. Mr. Burg has tried over 185 trials and obtained over 15 verdicts in excess of $1M. In total, his clients have received settlements, judgments, and verdicts in excess of $500M.

Mr. Burg has annually been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers by the U.S. Legal 500 since 2012, and the U.S. Legal 500 also acknowledged him as a Leading Lawyer nationally in representing individuals in Pharmaceutical Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation. The Legal 500 is a worldwide guide to legal services providers in over 100 countries, and widely regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities.

Mr. Burg was inducted to the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2016, joining such legendary trial lawyers as John Adams, Clarence Darrow, Johnny Cochran, and Johnny Cochran. Additionally, he was named by Best Lawyers® in America as the 2016 Denver Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Law Week Colorado named Mr. Burg the Lawyer of the Decade (2000 – 2010), and in 2015 he was chosen as Barrister’s Best People’s Choice, Best Civil Litigator, also by Law Week Colorado.

In October 2013, Mr. Burg received the prestigious Clarence Darrow Award, presented by Mike Papantonio at a gala luncheon attended by more than 250 leading trial lawyers in Las Vegas, NV. The Clarence Darrow Award is regarded as one of the most prestigious and highly-coveted awards in the realm of trial litigation.

In June 2016, Mr. Burg released his book Trial by Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives. Demonstrating his unwavering personal commitment to stand up for the weary, weak, and the downtrodden at all costs, it also follows Mr. Burg’s illustrious life and career.

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$6.4 Million verdict, Gas Explosion

$6.0 Million verdict plus interest, Gas Explosion

$5.6 Million verdict, Product Defect

$5.3 Million verdict including interest, Insurance Bad Faith

$4.6 Million verdict, Insurance Bad Faith

$2.4 Million verdict, Contract Dispute

$2.1 Million verdict including punitive damages, Lender Liability

$1.2 Million verdict, Construction Defect

$1.2 Million verdict with interest, Business Dispute

$1.15 Million verdict, Contract Dispute

2016 Barrister's Best "Best Civil Litigator"

Inducted to the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2016

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2016,” Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Denver

America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Recommended Attorney, Mass Tort, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Lawyer of the Decade, Law Week Colorado, 2000-2010

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2013,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

Barrister’s Best People’s Choice, Best Civil Litigator, Law Week Colorado, 2015

Clarence Darrow Award, 2013

Outstanding Alumni Award, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2013

Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys (National), the National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney (Colorado), the National Trial Lawyers

Best Lawyers® in America, 2007 – 2017

Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2016 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2014

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015-2016

Wiedemann and Wysocki Award, American Association for Justice, 2014

Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, United States – Plaintiffs, Mass Tort/Product Liability, 2013

Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, Colorado – Plaintiffs, 2012 and 2013

Denver Business Journal Power Book, 2011, 2013

President, the National Trial Lawyers, 2010

“Best of the U.S.” 2006 – 2011

Barrister’s Best Overall Litigator, Law Week Colorado, 2010

Barrister’s Best, Personal Injury, Law Week Colorado, 2009 – 2011

Barrister’s Best, Mass Tort Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2011 and 2012

Colorado Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado, 2008

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Heavy Lifting Award, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2011

Colorado, 1976

Arizona, 2014

Nebraska, 1996

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1976

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2015

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1979

U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, 2014, by the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Colorado Attorney General, and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Zyprexa Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York

State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

Plaintiffs’ Co-lead Counsel, Ortho Evra Products Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable David A. Katz, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio

Co-Lead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois

J.D., 1975, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law

B.A., 1972, The University of Denver

The Melvin M. Belli Society

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)

Presidents Club, American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Advocate and Life Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Executive Committee, The National Trial Lawyers, 2009

Other Appointments and Accomplishments

Sustaining Fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute

Board Member, Mizel Museum

Sponsor, Study Hall at The University of Denver

Sponsor, Moot Court Trial Room at The University of Wyoming

Craig Hospital

Ali Meyer Foundation

Kaps for Kendall

Toys for Tots

Make A Wish

Denver Bar Association Community Action Network

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Mizel Museum

Sungate Kids

Publications / Books

"Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit," Co-Author – Chapter 29, Damages: Punitive Damages. February, 2015.

Media

4/4/2017: In an interview on the P.O.T.U.S (Politics of the United States) channel on the Sirius XM Radio network, Michael Burg discusses Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and a potential Democratic filibuster.

Building a Successful Mass Tort Project: Identifying the Opportunities; October, 2016

Never Give Up!: Top Ten Lessons from Our Eight-Year Battles in the CDO Litigation about the Collapse of the U.S. Economy, January, 2016

Punitive Damages: What You Should Know to Prepare Your Next Case and to Maximize Your Damages by Including a Punitive Damages Claim; June, 2015

Protection of California Wine Consumers: Arsenic is Poison; June, 2015

Advertising: Necessity? Dangerous? Out of Control?; May, 2015

Mass Torts & Class Actions 101; May, 2015

Arsenic Levels in Popular, Low-Cost California Wines; April, 2015

The Importance of the Judge and Jurisdiction to Your Case and Common Benefit Percentages; April, 2015

Mental Pain and Anguish in Injury Cases; January, 2015

If You Build It... They Will Come: How We Have Succeeded and Thrived; January, 2015

Morcellator Litigation Primer; October, 2014

Referrals and Networking for the Future; January, 2014

Voir Dire: The New Goals in 2014 and How They Differ From the Old Goals; January, 2014

Roadmap of a Mass Tort: Lessons Learned and Strategies for the Future; September, 2013

How to Choose Your Next Mass Tort; September, 2013

Punitive Damages; June, 2013

Commercial Litigation Update; October, 2012

Presenting to the Defense and the Jury; June, 2012

Direct and Cross Examination of Life Care Planners; April, 2012

National Trial Lawyers Summit – Flourishing in the Age of Tort Reform: A Brainstorming Session; January, 2012

Panel Member: Judicial Forum on Mass Torts; January, 2012

Defining Mental Anguish; September, 2011

Moderator: Civil Court Judicial Forum: Advanced Discovery & Trial Practice; Denver, Colorado; May, 2009 and October, 2010

Trial of the Plaintiff Personal Injury Case; September, 2010

Statutes Which Affect Liability Evaluation in Personal Injury Actions; September, 2010

PI Litigator’s Summit; Las Vegas, Nevada; March 7-9, 2010

The Plaintiff Practice Goes Green; Maximizing the Value of Your Cases and Your Practice; Napa, California; September 19-20, 2010

The Art of Negotiation. What Makes Some Lawyers Poor Negotiators and Other Lawyers Superb Negotiators. The Art, Science and Skill of Mastering Negotiation Methods in Order to Maximize the Benefit for your Clients; April, 2010

The Challenge of Proving “Physical” and “Mental” Pain and Suffering; February, 2010

How to Get the Big Verdict (Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Commercial); October, 2009

Snow Skiing and Other Head Injury Cases; February, 2009

The Collapse of Wall Street and What Only Trial Lawyers Can Do About It; February, 2009

If You Build It They Will Come. The Steps to Building a Successful Law Firm; Various presentations – 2009 to present

Florida Justice Association: 2008 Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February, 2008

Moderator: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know; Denver, Colorado; June, 2008

How and Why Economic Damages Drive a Case; September, 2008

Proof and Argument of Damages: Wrongful Death Cases; September, 2008

Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients; Denver, Colorado; March, 2007

Pharmaceutical & Human Tissue Litigation Conference; Charleston, South Carolina; June, 2006

Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: Practice Tips and Application; October, 2006

Faculty: Emerging Drugs Conference; Chicago, Illinois; October, 2006

Trying the Pharmaceutical Case; Pharmaceutical Litigation 101; New Orleans, Louisiana; June, 2005

Practical Aspects of Being a Trial Lawyer; Sturm College of Law; February, 2005

Faculty Member: Trends and Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical Litigation; Las Vegas, Nevada; September, 2005

Pharmaceutical Torts Cases in Colorado: Ethical Consideration for Practitioners; Denver, Colorado; November, 2005

Drug Litigation Conferences; Zyprexa Litigation; November, 2004

Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics in Colorado; 2002

Successfully Presenting the Complex Case to a Colorado Jury; 2001

Adjunct Professor: The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1995 to present

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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