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Michael S. Burg


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Michael Burg was admitted to the Colorado Bar in May, 1976 and founded Burg Simpson later that same year. 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 Legal 500 since 2012, and The 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.

Additionally, Mr. Burg was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2016 Denver Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Colorado Law Week 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, by Colorado Law Week.

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.

Personal Injury

Catastrophic Injuries

Dangerous Drugs, Medical Devices, Defective Products and Diseases

Natural Gas Explosions

Commercial Litigation

Professional Malpractice

Legal Malpractice


$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

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, The National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney, The Colorado Trial Lawyers

Best Lawyers® in America, 2007 – 2016

Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2015 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2014

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 Multi-District Litigation - The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York

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

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

Co-Lead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin Multi-District 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

Habitat for Humanity

Denver Bar Association Community Action Network

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Mizel Museum

Rocky Mountain Human Services


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


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

Burg Simpson Amends Tainted Wine Complaint

 October 8, 2015

Burg Simpson Amends Tainted Wine Complaint

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC filed an important consumer class action in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 2015 alleging that 83 different types of wine produced in California contain levels of inorganic arsenic that significantly exceed the level found to be acceptable by California, in some instances over five times the safe… Read more »

Burg Simpson Annual Scholarship Competition

 September 29, 2015

Burg Simpson Annual Scholarship Competition

Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is once again offering its annual scholarship competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition is based upon written essays and aims to teach the next generation about the importance of the jury system as the guardian of American rights and liberties. Burg Simpson is… Read more »

$14 Million Awarded to Ironbridge Residents

 September 9, 2015

$14 Million Awarded to Ironbridge Residents

20 homeowners in the Ironbridge subdivision near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, are waiting to see if a judge will decide to uphold the ruling of the jury, awarding them nearly $7 million in damages due to sinking homes in the housing development. The jury awarded over $6.7 million to the 20 homeowners, assigning full responsibility to… Read more »

Examining the Client-Attorney Relationship from a Psychological Perspective

 August 19, 2015

Examining the Client-Attorney Relationship from a Psychological Perspective

Burg Simpson attorney Rick Bailey recently co-authored “Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship”, with David Stevens Ph.D. for publication in the Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law [Vol.16.3 2014]. This article examines factors that contribute to how attorneys and clients may be at risk for misunderstanding each other’s… Read more »

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist policy exhaustion clause held void and unenforceable by Colorado Court of Appeals

 May 24, 2015

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist policy exhaustion clause held void and unenforceable by Colorado Court of Appeals

In a very important decision on May 21, 2015 by the Colorado Court of Appeals, the court decided that exhaustion clauses in uninsured/underinsured motorist policies are void and unenforceable under Colorado law. Most all auto policies in Colorado that provide underinsured motorist coverage include a clause stating that an insured cannot make a claim for… Read more »

Proposed Legislation May Cost Homeowners Their Rights

 April 2, 2015

Proposed Legislation May Cost Homeowners Their Rights

The Aurora Sentinel’s article talks about proposed legislation to help regulate construction of affordable housing in Colorado. If you’re a homeowner, the regulations mean that you may lose your rights to hold your builder accountable for cheap or shoddy construction. Read the full article by Dave Perry, Aurora Sentinel Editor, here.

Ring of Fire: Privatization of Justice

 October 13, 2015

Ring of Fire: Privatization of Justice

Farron Cousins interviews attorney and shareholder Dave Hersh about the way that large corporations remove the public’s right to a trial by jury. It’s all in the fine print – when purchasing certain goods or services, such as a cell phone or bank account, we could be agreeing to not sue the business who created… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Wall Street is Bankrupting Cities

 October 5, 2015

Ring of Fire: Wall Street is Bankrupting Cities

Through predatory lending and investing, Wall Street banks are now effectively driving some cities into bankruptcy. Michael Burg explains what is happening with variable rate demand bonds in many municipalities.

Ring of Fire: Obstruction of Justice

 September 28, 2015

Ring of Fire: Obstruction of Justice

Michael Burg will tell us how, and why, the Republican Party is holding President Obama’s judicial nominees hostage.

Ring of Fire: Domestic Spying

 September 21, 2015

Ring of Fire: Domestic Spying

AT&T has been helping the US spy on its own citizens, and Michael Burg explains how the telecom giant became the U.S. government’s number one data miner.

Helpful Links

 September 4, 2015

Helpful Links

Burg Simpson is pleased to provide our site users with links to other websites. However, this access does not imply approval or endorsement of the information, products or services offered at those sites. Injury & Accidents & Consumer Alerts Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US Food and Drug Administration Consumer Product and Safety Commission… Read more »

10 important things about Burg Simpson

 September 4, 2015

10 important things about Burg Simpson

Why choose Burg Simpson? The answers speak for themselves.

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