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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

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 »

Janet Abaray Profiled in Super Lawyers Magazine

 December 7, 2016

Janet Abaray Profiled in Super Lawyers Magazine

The most recent edition of Super Lawyers Magazine features a profile on Burg Simpson Ohio’s managing shareholder, Janet Abaray. In the feature, Ms. Abaray discusses some of the highlights of her career, the art of “looking around corners” in a case, taking on big pharma, and a well-known class action against the Bengals. Amongst her… 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 »

Who is Responsible if my Child is Bullied at School?

 October 26, 2016

Who is Responsible if my Child is Bullied at School?

When parents send their children to school, their expectation is that the children will be safe, cared for and protected from harm. Schools have responsibility for the well-being of the children they are educating. When a child is the victim of bullying, harassment or cyberbullying, and that child suffers emotional injury as a result, significant… 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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