The Colorado accident lawyers at Burg Simpson is committed to helping people not only through our work, but also by supporting civic, cultural and non-profit organizations. We know that by investing in our communities, we can change all our lives for the better. Featured below are just a few of the organizations Burg Simpson is proud to support.
Shareholder Peter W. Burg is Chairman of the Board of the Craig Hospital Foundation. Craig Hospital is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit, free-standing, acute care and rehabilitation hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, an equipment company, and long-term follow up services. Nearly half of Craig’s patients come from outside of Colorado, and in 2008 the hospital treated patients from 47 states and several foreign countries.
Kendall Atkinson died in 2004 of Fanconi Anemia following complications from a bone marrow transplant. Her sisters started Kaps of Kendal to provide hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments that cause hair loss. Burg Simpson has been a big part of the charity for the last five years.Lawyers and staff from the firm knit hats and give them to the charity. In turn, the hats are paired up with a sponsor – for $25 anyone can sponsor a hat! All monies raised are donated to Fanconi Anemia research. Burg Simpson knitters have produced hundreds of hats, which have been sent to hospitals all over the country, including Sloan Kettering, Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, and Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City to name just a few.
More at http://www.kapsforkendall.com
Did you know that Burg Simpson, both corporately and as individuals, supports over 30 separate local and national charities and educational organizations?
In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the University of Cincinnati, the College of Law planned an Alumni Teach-In Day. While a number of practicing lawyers who participated are in the Cincinnati area, several visited from as far away as Texas, Florida, Georgia and Delaware; graduates from the classes of 1978 through 2002 participated. Janet G. Abaray, class of ’82 shared her insights and perspectives on Torts.
Ms. Abaray is a shareholder in the firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine; she is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.
Cincinnati Magazine recognized Ms. Abaray as one of Cincinnati’s best litigation lawyers in 1995, and she was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Ms. Abaray has achieved the highest rating from her peers for quality of legal work, professionalism, and ethics by receiving an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Abaray lectures frequently in the areas of products liability litigation, trial techniques and epidemiology. She has published articles in journals of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Association, the University of Cincinnati Law Review and the University of Dayton Law Review.
Craig Hospital is a world-renowned private, not-for-profit hospital and research center that specializes exclusively in treatment and research of patients with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007. In 2007 Craig treated patients from 48 states and was ranked in the Top Ten Rehab Hospitals for the 18th consecutive year by US News and World Report.
Peter W. Burg is one of four new members appointed to the Board of Directors for 2007. Mr Burg joins the Craig Board of 15 members. Members are selected for their interest and ability to benefit the mission of Craig Hospital.
Mr. Burg is a frequent lecturer and speaker within the business community at large; his presentations have included topics about Litigating Head Trauma Cases and Managing Personal Injury Litigation; Mr. Burg was a contributing author to the book Litigating Head Trauma Cases. His empathy, respect and service to clients and their families guide interactions and he has a passion for excellence. Mr. Burg has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement–he has achieved the highest rating from his peers for the quality of his legal work, professionalism and ethics. These characteristics contributed substantially to Mr. Burg’s appointment to the board.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Burg as a member of the Board of Directors here at Craig Hospital,” said Ken Hosack.
Calvin Tregre is a member of CALL which is the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers which is sponsored by the Cincinnati Bar Association. The CALL goal is to build a core of practicing lawyers in Greater Cincinnati that will lead the legal community ethically, professionally and charitably with high regard for service to the city and surrounding region.
Above: Playground constructed in the Owl’s Nest Park in Cincinnati by members of CALL.
Check out the Kaps for Kendall website at www.kapsforkendall.com The Burg Simpson knitters are mentioned as having helped kick off the Kaps for Kendall Hat Drive at the Colorado Rockies Stitch n’ Pitch game, and Pam Grove and Diane Smith are pictured here below.
Thanks to Diane and Pam for representing us… and for waving to the camera! The Kaps for Kendall display is now up in the front lobby and the official knitting marathon has begun!
The Kaps group has very few knitters who help them out throughout the year – Burg Simpson is one of their biggest supporters. Their annual fundraising goal is in the neighborhood of $15,000 and for every $25.00 they raise, a hat has to be knitted. That’s 600 hats, all made by volunteer knitters.
This year we’ve set a BIG goal for our group — 200 hats!!
The Brent Eley Foundation was founded in 1997 and Brent’s Place in 1998 to honor the son of Denver business leader Donn Eley and his wife, Linda. Brent was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma at age 13 and passed one year later. The dream was to help those living with cancer by providing housing and programs through partnerships in the community.
Several Burg Simpson employees participated in the 19th Annual Kid’s Cure for Cancer in July 2007. The 5K Run/Walk*1K Fun Run*Community Fair was held in Inverness Park, I-25 at County Line Road.
“Smiles were abundant as more than 300 disadvantaged children and teens last weekend picked up new backpacks, lovingly packed with school supplies. The Community Action Network’s School Supply Drive was a great success! Congrats to the 60 firms who participated, benefiting Denver Public Schools and the Children’s Outreach Project. Thanks to all 55 volunteers who worked Saturday and Sunday – you made a huge difference in many students’ lives! Go to www.denbar.org on Thursday to see a slideshow. Looking forward to next year!”
Released on: 8/12/2008 Denver Bar Association
The Courage Classic raises money for the sick and injured kids at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. One of the nation’s top pediatric research hospitals, Children’s trains more pediatricians and pediatric specialists than any other hospital in the region and ensures kids’ health issues are in front of the local, state and federal legislators. U.S. News & World Report and CHILD Magazine both rank the Children’s Hospital as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States. A not-for-profit organization, the hospital relies heavily on support of donors to achieve its mission. Over the past 18 years, the Courage Classic has raised more than $17 million for Children’s, thanks to hard working rider-fundraisers and generous sponsor support.
Burg Simpson is proud to support Children’s Hospital and the Colorado Courage Classic.
In May 2003, Maj. Jim Barker was serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. His sister and her son sent him the beanie baby “Courage” while he was in Kuwait prior to the ground war. He, in turn, gave Courage to a young Iraqi girl in late April of that same year. Maj. Barker quickly learned that Beanie collectors WORLDWIDE wanted to support the cause by sending extra beanies and school supplies. More than 1 Million Toys have now been distributed.
Recently, employees of Burg Simpson sent 7 boxes of beanies plus 250 American flag pins which were received by SSG Kirk Wallace who is working with a Marine Unit.
Visit BeaniesForBaghdad.com for more information on how to make a donation/support this cause.
Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine pledge $50,000 to the Williams N. Brimmer Legal Education Center at University of Wyoming College of Law to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the State.
On March 2nd, 2006, Burg Simpson delivered books, donated by employees of the firm, to Bradford Publishing Company in Denver who hosted a book drive to benefit the Louisiana libraries that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to the hurricanes, Louisiana had 339 public libraries, but 106 were either damaged or destroyed by the storms. Because the libraries are public, they are funded by the property taxes paid by businesses and homeowners. Due to the extensive damage to the area, many businesses were destroyed and thousands of homeowners have decided not to return to the area.
Click here to read the full coverage of Burg Simpson’s involvement with Louisiana libraries and view the pictures from the day Ms. Arroyo delivered the books.
Michael Burg and Peter Burg are on the Dinner Committee for the Craig Hospital PUSH for a Cure Dinner, which assists with research for traumatic brain injury patients.
Click here to view the article featured in the April 4, 2006 edition of the Rocky Mountain News, “Dahlia: PUSH for the Cure inspires hope from tragedy”
On October 8, 2005, Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine P.C. kicked off its year-long “Buildable Hours Campaign.” Borrowing the “Buildable Hours” phrase from Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, eight Burg Simpson shareholders and employees, spent their Saturday building a home with Habitat for Humanity for a local family. Through Burg Simpson’s efforts and the efforts of several other groups of volunteers, the family of Gary and Maria Howard had a brand new house that they could call home, just in time for the 2005 holiday season. Burg Simpson had the pleasure of working directly with Gary Howard who was “proud to be partnering with Habitat.” Gary not only had a smile on his face the entire day, he couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about working on his home. On the sign posted in the front yard of the home, Maria Howard says, “This opportunity is like a dream come true for all of us.”
Click here to read the full coverage of Burg Simpson’s involvement with Habitat (as featured in Colorado Lawyer) and view the pictures from the October build day.
In addition to participating in the Habitat build on October 8, 2005, Burg Simpson employees contributed tools and donations to Habitat for Humanity to assist in the effort to rebuild those areas of the Gulf Coast that were devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Burg Simpson will be building additional homes with Habitat for Humanity later in 2006.
Burg Simpson provides annual contributions of money and canned goods to support the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Burg Simpson provides annual support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Colorado and Wyoming.
Burg Simpson has donated dozens of cell phones to be refurbished and then donated to battered persons.
Ali was one of Burg Simpson’s clients who passed away at age 15, as a result of injuries she sustained after being hit by a car. Her father started the Ali Meyer Foundation to benefit The Children’s Hospital Foundation. Burg Simpson was one of the first Platinum sponsors of the Ali Meyer Golf Tournament.
Burg Simpson participates in providing financial support for the Beacon Center through the Cherish the Children Gala. Beacon Center is a comprehensive private, non-profit service agency for adolescents and their families. Beacon Center was founded in 1970 to meet the social, educational, and emotional needs of male and female adolescents and their families. The organization includes three residential treatment centers, two on-grounds schools, community based treatment programs, licensed drug and alcohol services, and professional mentoring services. This year’s gala raised $380,000.
Burg Simpson provides yearly support for the Nicole Schock Scholarship, given to deserving students who want to attend the University of Wyoming Health Sciences Center.
Burg Simpson supports the Warrior Foundation, which raises money for educational grants or scholarships given to children of Special Forces soldiers killed in training or combat.
Burg Simpson is an annual Sponsor/Benefactor for the annual Mizel Museum Dinner, at which they present the Community Cultural Enrichment Award to a member or members of the community.
Above: Mike and Peter Burg with Mayor John Hickenlooper and Larry Mizel, which appeared in the June 7 edition of The Villager Newspaper referencing sponsor status for The Mizel Museum Silver Anniversary Dinner by Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
Photo: Courtesy of Glory Weisberg, The Village Newspaper.
Burg Simpson has been a Benefactor of the Remembrance & Hope dinner for the Holocaust Awareness Institute.
The firm supports the National Jewish Medical and Research Center through its annual sponsorship and attendance at the Beaux Arts Ball.
Burg Simpson is an annual sponsor of the Do at the Zoo, benefiting the Denver Zoological Foundation. Diane Vaksdal Smith, a shareholder in the firm, and her son, Cooper, participated in the most recent zoo backpack giveaway.
Burg Simpson was a contributing sponsor of the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Gala, honoring Ann Simpson for her lifetime commitment to the arts in the state of Wyoming.
Burg Simpson is an annual supporter of the DU Law School Law Stars Dinner, honoring University of Denver Alumni.
Michael S. Burg is on the University of Denver Alumni Board and participates in various programs through with the law school’s alumni activities, including “Coffee Talks” with law students, and the mentoring program.
Burg Simpson is an annual sponsor of the AWARE Luncheon which benefits the Alzheimer’s foundation and provides funding for continued research in the area of Alzheimer’s.
Michael and Peter Burg attended the VIP Dinner at Ocean, benefiting the American Transplant Foundation.
Michael S. Burg, Scott J. Eldredge, and Diane Vaksdal Smith are Fellows of the Colorado Bar Foundation and provide annual contributions to support the work of the Foundation.
Above: This is a photograph of the Cherry Creek High School Mock Trial Team that Brian Matise coached this year. The team placed 7th in the state finals with a 3-1 record, losing only to the eventual state champion which was George Washington High School of Denver.
The Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Arapahoe High School on two cases as part of their Courts in the Community Program. Diane Vaksdal Smith met with teachers several weeks before the arguments to “teach” the teachers what the students should be learning to understand the Supreme Court arguments. Scott Eldredge was among other members of the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ABCA) who went into the classrooms the week prior to the arguments to help prepare the students by answering questions and reviewing the facts of the two cases.
Various members of Burg Simpson, including Peter Burg, Steve Laman and Diane Vaksdal Smith, serve on the Board and chair committees of the ACBA
Burg Simpson provides yearly support in food donations.
Burg Simpson has participated in the drive to provide toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste to be donated to children.
Burg Simpson is a supporter of the Denver Bar Foundation through sponsorship and annual attendance at the Barrister’s Ball.
Burg Simpson lawyers in Colorado represented the interests of the Denver Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Committee in proceedings before the Supreme Court.
Burg Simpson lawyers in Wyoming provide pro bono representation through the Wyoming Public Defender and Indigent Defense Fund, for indigent clients who need help in civil or criminal matters.