Michael S. Burg

Denver, Colorado Lawyer

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303.792.5595 (Colorado office)

Ongoing Series: Michael Burg and other Burg Simpson attorneys detail the facts about the case, as well as the significance of the class action lawsuit against California winemakers.

7/10/15: Michael Burg joins host Mike Papantonio on Ring of Fire as they discuss the disparity between wages that CEOs earn and what the common worker earns.

3/26/15: The Big Picture® TV show interviews Michael Burg about the arsenic found in certain wines, and the implications for consumer health, truth in labeling, and ethical considerations.

A veteran of over 175 jury trials as lead counsel, Michael S. Burg has obtained thirteen verdicts in excess of $1 million. He has obtained in excess of $500 million for his clients through settlements, judgments, and verdicts.

Mr. Burg has been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers by The Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is also acknowledged as a Leading Lawyer nationally, when it comes to representing individuals in Pharmaceutical Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation. Published for over twenty seven years, The Legal 500 series is a worldwide guide of legal services providers in over 100 countries, and widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities. Mr. Burg has also been named 2013 Denver “Lawyer of the Year” For Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers® in America.

Mr. Burg was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1976 and founded Burg Simpson in 1977. Today, Burg Simpson comprises more than 50 attorneys with offices in four states.

On October 10, 2013, Michael S. Burg was presented with the Clarence Darrow Award at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The Darrow Award is nationally regarded as one of the most prestigious and highly coveted in the realm of trial law. Clarence Darrow, a trial lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, was renowned for moving juries and even judges to tears with his eloquence and, at the time unconventional views.

Judicial Appointments

The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York – Plaintiff Steering Committee for the Zyprexa Multi-District Litigation;

The Honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana – State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx Multi-District Litigation;

The Honorable David A. Katz, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio – Co-Lead Counsel, Ortho Evra Products Multi-District Litigation;

The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois – Co-Lead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin Multi-District Litigation.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D.,1975, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A.,1972, University of Denver

Honors & Awards

  • Barrister’s Best People’s Choice, Best Civil Litigator, Colorado Law Week, 2015
  • Wiedemann and Wysocki Award, American Association for Justice, 2014
  • Clarence Darrow Award, 2013
  • Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2013
  • America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers, The Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Recommended Attorney, Mass Tort, The Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Denver Business Journal Power Book, 2011, 2013
  • DU Law Stars Outstanding Alumni Award, 2013
  • America’s Leading Lawyers, Legal 500, 2012 and 2013
  • Lawyer of the Decade, Colorado Law Week, 2000-2010
  • President, National Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • National Trial Lawyers, Executive Committee, 2009
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2013 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2014
  • “Best of the U.S.” 2006 – 2011
  • Best Lawyers® in America, 2007 – 2015
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2013,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, United States – Plaintiff, Mass Tort/Product Liability, 2013
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, Colorado – Plaintiff, 2012 and 2013
  • Barrister’s Best, Overall Litigator, Colorado Law Week, 2010
  • Barrister’s Best, Personal Injury, Colorado Law Week, 2009 – 2011
  • Barrister’s Best, Mass Tort Lawyer, Colorado Law Week, 2011 and 2012
  • Colorado Lawyer of the Year, Colorado Law Week, 2008
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • President’s Club, American Association for Justice
  • Heavy Lifting Award, American Association for Justice, 2011

Other Appointments and Accomplishments

  • Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, 2014, by the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Colorado Attorney General, and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Co-Lead Counsel, Investor Litigation, Collateralized Debt Obligation Litigation
  • Adjunct Professor; University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1995 to present
  • Life Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Sustaining Fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute
  • Board Member, Mizel Museum
  • Sponsor, Study Hall at University of Denver
  • Sponsor, Moot Court Trial Room at University of Wyoming

Professional Affiliations

  • The Melvin M. Belli Society
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Fellow Emeritus of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Member, Presidents Club (AAJ)
  • Member, Plaintiff Steering Committee for Zyprexa Multidistrict Litigation
  • Member, State Liaison Committee For Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation
  • Co-chair, Zyprexa Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Plaintiffs’ Co-lead and Liaison Counsel in the Ortho Evra Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation
  • Co-Lead Counsel, Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Civic and Community Involvement

  • Craig Hospital
  • Ali Meyer Foundation
  • Kaps for Kendall
  • Toys for Tots
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Denver Bar Association Community Action Network
  • Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Lectures and Seminars

  • Referrals and Networking for the Future; January, 2014
  • Voir Dire: The New Goals in 2014 and How They Differ From the Old Goals; January, 2014
  • Roadmap of a Mass Tort: Lessons Learned and Strategies for the Future; September, 2013
  • How to Choose Your Next Mass Tort. September, 2013
  • Punitive Damages; June, 2013
  • Commercial Litigation Update; October, 2012
  • Presenting to the Defense and the Jury; June, 2012
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Life Care Planners; April, 2012
  • National Trial Lawyers Summit – Flourishing in the Age of Tort Reform: A Brainstorming Session; January, 2012
  • Panel Member; Judicial Forum on Mass Torts; January, 2012
  • Defining Mental Anguish; September, 2011
  • Moderator – Civil Court Judicial Forum: Advanced Discovery & Trial Practice; Denver, Colorado; May, 2009 and October, 2010
  • Trial of the Plaintiff Personal Injury Case; September, 2010
  • Statutes Which Affect Liability Evaluation in Personal Injury Actions; September, 2010
  • PI Litigator’s Summit; Las Vegas, Nevada; March 7-9, 2010
  • The Plaintiff Practice Goes Green; Maximizing the Value of Your Cases and Your Practice. Napa, California; September 19-20, 2010
  • The Art of Negotiation. What Makes Some Lawyers Poor Negotiators and Other Lawyers Superb Negotiators. The Art, Science and Skill of Mastering Negotiation Methods in Order to Maximize the Benefit for your Clients. April, 2010
  • The Challenge of Proving “Physical” and “Mental” Pain and Suffering; February, 2010
  • How to Get the Big Verdict (Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Commercial); October, 2009
  • Snow Skiing and Other Head Injury Cases; February, 2009
  • The Collapse of Wall Street and What Only Trial Lawyers Can Do About It; February, 2009
  • If You Build It They Will Come. The Steps to Building a Successful Law Firm. Various presentations – 2009 to present
  • Florida Justice Association: 2008 Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February, 2008
  • Moderator – What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know; Denver, Colorado; June, 2008
  • How and Why Economic Damages Drive a Case; September, 2008
  • Proof and Argument of Damages: Wrongful Death Cases; September, 2008
  • Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients; Denver, Colorado; March, 2007
  • Pharmaceutical & Human Tissue Litigation Conference; Charleston, South Carolina; June, 2006
  • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: Practice Tips and Application; October, 2006
  • Faculty; Emerging Drugs Conference; Chicago, Illinois; October, 2006
  • Trying the Pharmaceutical Case; Pharmaceutical Litigation 101; New Orleans, Louisiana; June, 2005
  • Practical Aspects of Being a Trial Lawyer; Sturm College of Law; February, 2005
  • Faculty Member; Trends and Hot Topics in Phamaceutical Litigation; Las Vegas, Nevada; September, 2005
  • Pharmaceutical Torts Cases in Colorado: Ethical Consideration for Practitioners; Denver, Colorado; November, 2005
  • Drug Litigation Conferences; Zyprexa Litigation; November, 2004
  • Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics in Colorado; 2002
  • Successfully Presenting the Complex Case to a Colorado Jury; 2001


  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit Co-Author – Chapter 13, Damages: Punitive Damages. February 2015.

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