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Reeves D. Whalen


Reeves Whalen
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

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

 April 25, 2017

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

In 2012, 13-year-old Taft Conlin and four of his friends made their way through the open lower gate of Prima Cornice in Vail, a ridgetop that sits above a skiable area. After several runs in this area, an avalanche swept over Conlin and two of his friends, killing him and injuring another. His family subsequently… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

 April 7, 2017

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

As the Senate wrestles with a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg dialed into BBC Radio’s “Up All Night” this this week to defend the federal appellate judge. Read more »

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

 April 6, 2017

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

As the Senate battle over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch heads toward an actual vote this week, Burg Simpson Founding Shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with SiriusXM’s Tim Farley on his POTUS morning radio show to discuss the confirmation fight. Read more »

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

 April 5, 2017

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

Burg Simpson is renewing its support of Denver’s law enforcement community with the launch of the Burg Simpson Law Firm Denver Police Officer Foundation Scholarship competition. The winner will take home a $1,500 college scholarship to pay for tuition, fees, books, meals or housing. Read more »

Insurance Claims Denied – Injury Attorney Denver – Burg Simpson

 April 27, 2017

Why Your Insurance Company Denies or Undervalues Your Personal Injury Claim

When the negligence of another driver causes a car accident that injures someone else, that person may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. If the at-fault driver is insured and filed a claim, the insurance company typically investigates to determine the liability and damages. Sometimes the insurance company denies or undervalues the damages… Read more »

Device Recall - Dangerous Medical Devices Attorney – Burg Simpson

 April 24, 2017

What is a Medical Device Recall?

When a person undergoes a medical procedure involving the use of a medical device, that person trusts it’s safe and effective. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it becomes clear that a medical device is causing unexpected harm to consumers, a medical device manufacturer must take measures to address such serious problems. One such… Read more »

Fitness Tracker – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 April 20, 2017

Your Fitness Tracker Could Help Your Personal Injury Case

Fitness trackers have quickly become a fixture on the American wrist over the last two years, taking the lion’s share of the wearable gadget gift market. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and a dozen other such gizmos can track not only steps taken, but also blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality and more. Now, fitness trackers… Read more »

Vision Screenings for Safe Driving – Personal Injury Attorney Denver – Burg Simpson

 April 19, 2017

Vision Screening Test Could Keep Roads Safer

Driving is the preferred mode of transportation for most Americans over 65. Safe driving relies on the quick and accurate assessment of visual cues. But the ability to process these cues can deteriorate with age, which can make driving dangerous for both the driver as well as everyone else on the road. In a long-term… 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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