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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

Burg Simpson Attorneys Featured on the Cover of The Best Lawyers in America 2017®

 February 24, 2017

Burg Simpson Attorneys Featured on the Cover of The Best Lawyers in America 2017®

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine attorneys were featured today on the cover of The Best Lawyers in America 2017®, a supplement issued in the Denver Post and Wall Street Journal. The publication also includes an article featuring founding shareholder Michael S. Burg. 20 lawyers from Burg Simpson were listed in The Best Lawyers in… Read more »

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

 February 6, 2017

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

Michael S. Burg Named One of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Named One of America’s 25 Most Influential Law Firms The Trial Lawyer magazine honorees to be celebrated at The National Trial Lawyers’ annual summit Denver, CO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC is proud to… Read more »

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

 January 23, 2017

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is pleased to announce that seven shareholders have recently been named to 5280 Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers list. Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The Burg Simpson attorneys selected for inclusion in 5280 Top Lawyers are: Michael S. Burg –… Read more »

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

 December 8, 2016

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

The Burg Simpson attorneys had another outstanding year changing the lives of those they represent. The firm’s ability to properly value cases—whether personal injury, medical malpractice, construction defect, or mass tort—and fight tirelessly as a cohesive team to obtain the compensation its clients deserve sets Burg Simpson apart. Here is just a small sample of… 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 (Part 1)

 January 30, 2017

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances (Part 1)

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 »

Fatal ATV Accidents a Reminder to Riders to Maintain Vehicles

 November 2, 2016

Fatal ATV Accidents a Reminder to Riders to Maintain Vehicles

All-Terrain Vehicles can be great fun, but with the fun can also come danger. Every year ATV accidents take the lives of recreational enthusiasts who ride these tricky vehicles without attention to proper safety guidelines. A tragic ATV accident in southwestern Colorado left to members of a Texas family injured and two more, dead. Some… 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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