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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

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

Are corporation’s people? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one the U.S. Supreme Court answered in the affirmative when it handed down its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. That 5-4 ruling struck down a prohibition against certain election communications by nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and other associations…. Read more »

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Big Pharma a big victory. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the high court struck down California’s effort to widen the scope of non-residents seeking relief from dangerous drugs. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against nearly 680 plaintiffs who were suing the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Traumatic Brain Injuries – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 August 16, 2017

What you Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Few things can change – or end – a life as quickly as a Traumatic Brain Injury. TBIs play a role in nearly a third of injury deaths in the United States. More than 150 people die every day as a result of these devastating injuries, which works out to more than 50,000 fatalities annually…. Read more »

HR 1215 Bill – Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 August 10, 2017

Legislation Threatens Medical Malpractice Victims

While Congress distracted the country with the drama of a failed Affordable Care Act repeal vote, lawmakers quietly – and barely – passed HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” on June 28. The bill makes it much harder for victims of medical malpractice to hold health care providers responsible for their… Read more »

Underride Accidents – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 9, 2017

What are the Dangers of Truck Underride Accidents?

In 2004, 26-year-old Roya Sadigh and her fiancé were on their way home for Thanksgiving in a blizzard. Their car hit a patch of ice, spun out of control, and slid beneath a tractor-trailer. The truck’s rear wheels ran over the car, crushing it. Sadigh died before she could make it to the hospital. These… Read more »

Construction Work Danger – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 8, 2017

Construction Work is as Dangerous as it is Diverse

With a jobless rate of just 2.4 percent, Colorado boasts the fourth-lowest construction unemployment rate in the country. Construction workers have been in high demand in Colorado for years, fueled by a robust housing market with increasingly high demand and low inventory. It’s a sector that shows no signs of slowing down, either. Analysts expect… 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

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 »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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