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Reeves Whalen - America's Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Reeves Whalen - DBJ Forty Under 40 Reeves Whalen - Million Dollar Advocates Reeves Whalen - 5280 Top Attorneys Reeves Whalen - NTL Top 40 Under 40 ACS Legal Group Reeves Whalen - Avvo Top Attorney Personal Injury Award Reeves Whalen - Super Lawyers Rising Stars Reeves Whalen - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Reeves Whalen - 2014 ASLA Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Climate Reality Leadership Corps Reeves Whalen - Harvard Kennedy School

Mr. Whalen represents clients in personal injury and product liability claims. Mr. Whalen actively litigates cases on behalf of injured victims and their families, patients, and consumers in motor vehicle accidents, commercial trucking injury claims, premise liability claims, wrongful death, pharmacy prescription misfill incidents, gas explosion claims, and matters involving catastrophic injury and death.

Mr. Whalen has been featured and covered extensively in The Denver Business Journal, The Denver Post, Colorado Law Week, The Colorado Statesman, AAJ Trial Magazine, The University of Denver Law Magazine, Westword, and Education News Colorado.

Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2012-2016

Million Dollar Advocates Forum - The Top Trial Lawyers in America, 2014

American Constitution Society - Progressive Young Leadership Award, 2012

Denver Business Journal - Forty Under 40, 2011

National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Colorado Trial Attorney, 2012

5280 Magazine - Top Young Attorneys in Colorado, 2012

National Trial Lawyers - Forty Under 40, 2011

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association - Eagle Award, 2014

American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, 2014

Colorado Bar Association - Young Outstanding Lawyer of the Year, Finalist 2010

Colorado Law Week - Compleat Lawyer, Finalist 2010

AVVO - Highest Distinction of Superb Attorney Rating


  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Board of Directors

  • American Constitution Society (ACS), Board of Directors

  • Obama for America, Colorado Gen44 Finance Committee

  • Clinton Foundation, Ambassador & Young Philanthropist

  • Vice President Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Program, Climate Leader

  • Democratic Party of Denver, Executive Committee

  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Transition Team, Co-Chair Dept. of Excise & Licensing

  • Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Citizen Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC)

  • Fix the Debt, Colorado Steering Committee

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Mass Tort Committee Chair, 2013

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Eagle Committee Co-Chair, 2014

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), CTLA & CDLA Annual Professionalism Ceremony Co-Chair, 2014

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Legislative Committee, 2015

  • Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association (MTTLA), Executive Committee

  • Hickenlooper for Colorado, Campaign Finance Committee

  • Romanoff for United States Senate, Campaign Finance Committee

  • Romanoff for United States Congress, Campaign Finance Committee

  • Romer for Mayor, Campaign Finance Committee

  • Duran for Colorado House District 5, Campaign Finance Committee

  • Haynes for Denver Public School Board, Campaign Finance Committee

Colorado, 2008

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government Executive Education, 2013

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2007

Dickinson College, 2002

Colorado Bar Association (CBA)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Inner City Health Center, Board of Directors

Save Our Youth Mentorship Program / Board of Directors

Girls Athletic Leadership School / Board of Directors

Denver Public Schools / Attorney Guest Teacher Program

Denver Public Schools Foundation / Development Committee

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver / Women in Law, Media & Politics

AMC Cancer Fund / Development Committee

Project CURE / Medical Supply Assistance Project

Center of Hope Haiti / Orphanage Construction Project

Red Cloud Indian School / Pine Ridge Reservation

Educator Effectiveness Forum, Senator Michael Johnston, 2010

SB1070 Immigration Reform, Senator Chris Romer, ACS CLE 2010

Lobato v. Colorado & The Future of Education in Colorado, ACS CLE 2012

Education Policy Debriefing, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, 2011

Denver City Council At-Large Candidate Forum, Moderator, 2011

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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