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Rachel A. Sternlieb

Associate

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Having practiced for three years at the law firm of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rachel A. Sternlieb joined Burg Simpson in December of 2016 where she focuses her practice principally in the areas of complex, pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort and class action litigation. Before joining Burg Simpson, Ms. Sternlieb represented clients in medical malpractice, products liability, mass tort and general and maritime personal injury cases throughout Louisiana.

Originally from Georgia, Ms. Sternlieb received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2010 and then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013. While in Law School, Ms. Sternlieb served as an editor of Loyola’s Journal of Public Interest Law and earned awards for receiving the highest grade in both her Contracts II and Maritime Rights, Remedies and Damages in a Marine Disaster classes. Additionally, during her final years of Law school, Ms. Sternlieb participated in a judicial externship with the Honorable Jay C. Zainey (District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana) and worked closely on the In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2179) before the Honorable Carl H. Barbier (District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana), working in both class settlement and phase one trial components of the litigation.

Throughout the course of her three years of practice in New Orleans, Ms. Sternlieb served as a member of the trial team in the In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation (MDL. 2047) overseen by the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon (District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana), in which she also participated heavily in both briefing and discovery efforts undertaken by members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

For two years, Ms. Sternlieb had the pleasure and honor of serving on the Board of Directors of Traveler’s Aid Society of Greater New Orleans, a non-profit organization committed to preventing homelessness and helping homeless or stranded families and individuals regain self-sufficiency. She was also selected for and served as a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans class of 2016.

New Orleans City Business - Ones to Watch in Law, August 2015

Law Excellence Award in Contracts II, Spring 2011

Law Excellence Award in Maritime Rights, Remedies and Damages in a Marine Disaster, Fall 2012

Dean’s Scholarship, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2012-2013

HOPE Scholarship Recipient, 2006-2010

Louisiana, October 2013

U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, August 2016

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, March 2014

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, February 2015

J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2013

B.A., University of Georgia, 2010

Federal Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

American Bar Association New Orleans Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Louisiana Association for Justice

Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers

Member, Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, 2016

Board of Directors, Traveler’s Aid Society of Greater New Orleans, 2014-2016

Volunteer, Father Harry Thompson Center, Homeless Experience Legal Protection Program, 2014 - 2016

CLE Presentation, “May it Please the Court: Tips for Requesting and Preparing for Your First Oral Argument” Federal Bar Association Malcolm Monroe Seminar, December 2015

Moderator of CLE Seminar, “Step Up: Practical Tips for Success” Louisiana Association for Justice, Women’s Caucus Seminar, May 2015

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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