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Brian K. Matise

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Mr. Matise’s legal experience includes all aspects of general civil practice with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, mass tort product liability litigation, special district and homeowner association law, and insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Matise has successfully tried over a dozen cases to a jury verdict or judgment, and obtained several million dollars in settlements for clients.

Mr. Matise has represented special districts and homeowners associations both as general counsel and in litigation against developers. Mr. Matise obtained a jury verdict and judgment against the former developer and President of two Colorado metropolitan districts, invalidating several million dollars of contracts and a personal liability judgment against the developer. The judgment was upheld on appeal, which Mr. Matise argued. Mr. Matise also successfully brought a quo warranto action on behalf of approximately 50 homeowners to replace an illegal Board of Directors of a metropolitan district with residents lawfully appointed by the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Matise was successful in that action despite the refusal of the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office to bring the action.

Mr. Matise was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to serve as plaintiffs’ liaison counsel in class action securities litigation related to the Madoff scandal. Mr. Matise also served as plaintiffs’ co-liaison counsel in Qwest securities class action litigation. Mr. Matise has also obtained recovery for numerous investors that have been defrauded in ponzi schemes and related securities scandals, including the Sunwest Management securities action and the National Consumer Mortgage ponzi scheme.

Mr. Matise has represented condominium associations and homeowners in protracted litigation against developers and affiliated construction entities, obtaining turnover of common elements and recovery for construction defects. Mr. Matise has also represented candidates for homeowner association boards in successful proxy contests against recalcitrant incumbent boards, ousting the former board members.

Mr. Matise has represented small businesses engaged in virtually all areas of litigation, including defending against preliminary injunctions, challenging anti-compete clauses, both bringing and defending against actions by minority shareholders in “small business divorces,” and representing small businesses in challenging government agency actions.

In 2011, Mr. Matise successfully represented a homeowners’ association in defending against trespass and related easement claims that threatened the HOA’s access and common elements. Mr. Matise tried the case to a jury verdict in favor of his client. Mr. Matise has also represented homeowner associations, metropolitan districts, and commercial clients in negotiating and closing complex real estate and easement transactions.

In the area of mass tort product liability litigation, Mr. Matise has participated in pharmaceutical product liability multidistrict litigation, including briefing key Daubert motions for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In re: Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1909, and briefing several issues in the In re: Yasmin and Yaz litigation, MDL 2100.

Mr. Matise also has represented several plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of gas explosions and oilfield accidents.

Mr. Matise has briefed and argued approximately a dozen appeals before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Mr. Matise has also represented numerous employees in successful Title VII disparate treatment, sexual harassment, ADA, and ADEA employment litigation. In one ADA action, Mr. Matise obtained a settlement with the Nineteenth Judicial District.

Mr. Matise is a volunteer public elected official, serving as a board member, secretary-treasurer and past president of the Tollgate Crossing Metropolitan District No. 2. In 2006, the voters of that district elected Mr. Matise as the first homeowner to serve on the Board of Directors in a contested election, defeating an incumbent director that had been appointed by the developer. Mr. Matise has served on the board since then, overseeing the successful transition from developer control to homeowner control.

Mr. Matise is admitted to practice in the states of Colorado and New Mexico, as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Courts for the Districts of Colorado, New Mexico, Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Prior to joining Burg Simpson in 2004, Mr. Matise was involved in commercial trial work, civil rights litigation involving governmental entities, commercial/product defect litigation, and employment law. Mr. Matise served as the judicial law clerk for Hon. John Edwards Conway, Chief District Judge for the District of New Mexico, and United States Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Smith.

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2016,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2013 - 2018

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2013-2016

Order of the Coif

Phi Alpha Delta

New Mexico Law Review Editor-in-chief, 1997-1998

Jessup Moot Court Team, 1996-1998

NACDL Mock Trial Team, 1996

New Mexico Court of Appeals Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Champion, 1996

Colorado, 2002

New Mexico, 1998

Montana, 2012

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2017

U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S Court of Federal Claims, 2018

J.D., 1998, University of New Mexico, summa cum laude

B.S., 1980, University of Redlands, CA, magna cum laude

Colorado Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

State Bar of New Mexico

Montana State Bar Association

Implied Employment Contracts Based on Written Policy Statement Are Not Subject to Governmental Immunity, New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 3

Editorial Board Member, The Corporate Observer

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2018

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Five Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2019 Ronald M. Sandgrund Listed as 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In His Practice Area and Region August 15, 2018 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce… Read more »

Stephen J. Burg and David J. Crough Secure Win for Truck Accident Client

 August 2, 2018

Stephen J. Burg and David J. Crough Secure Win for Truck Accident Client

Even the simplest of truck accidents can have life-changing consequences. That’s why it’s critical for trucking accident victims to have someone to fight for their rights. That’s what Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen J. Burg did for David Jimenez-Santana when he secured a $146,000 jury verdict for his client on June 8 in David Jimenez-Santana v…. Read more »

Stephen J. Burg and David J. Crough Secure Win for Motorcycle Accident Victim

 July 31, 2018

Stephen J. Burg and David J. Crough Secure Win for Motorcycle Accident Victim

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen J. Burg secured another huge victory for a client. A Colorado jury returned one of the largest verdicts ever for this type of injury. $1.3 million verdict in Moon v. Gooden, a motorcycle accident case. The final award, however, will exceed $1.6 million once expenses and interest are included. In August… Read more »

Cody Attorney, Colin Simpson to Lead WTLA Through 2018

 July 30, 2018

Cody Attorney, Colin Simpson to Lead WTLA Through 2018

WYOMING TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION INDUCTS NEW PRESIDENT AND OFFICERS (Cheyenne, WY) The Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA) announced that Cody attorney Colin Simpson will serve as the association’s President for 2018-2019. Simpson was elected to succeed Immediate Past President Todd Ingram, from Casper, during the WTLA annual convention held recently in Cody. Simpson has been… Read more »

Natural Gas Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson Denver

 August 17, 2018

Natural Gas Explosion Injures Several in Denver

An explosion shattered an otherwise typical, late summer afternoon in Denver earlier this week. A natural gas line burst in the historic Baker neighborhood, blasting a hole through a multi-family residential unit. The explosion left nine people injured – one of them critically. One fire department official told the Denver Post that it was the… Read more »

Summer Jobs Safety – Workers Comp Lawyers Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 August 9, 2018

Summer Jobs Put Teen Workers at Risk

Despite a historically low unemployment rate – hovering at 3.8 percent – teenagers haven’t exactly been racing to get summer jobs lately. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., teen hiring fell nearly 4 percent to 1.28 million jobs gained last summer. Employment among teen workers – ages 16 to 19 – peaked at 190,000… Read more »

Kids Safe – Colorado Personal Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 8, 2018

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer Season

It’s as surprising as it is scary, but three out of four parents mistakenly think their child’s in the correct size or kind of car seat, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Considering that motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of child deaths, it’s an issue worth addressing. Nearly 650 people… Read more »

Restrictions on Short-term Health Plans – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 7, 2018

Trump Relaxes Restrictions on Short-term Health Plans

Since he took office, President Donald Trump has worked tirelessly to undo nearly everything his predecessor did. That’s been glaringly apparent in his attempts – aided by an eager Republican Congress – to dismantle Obamacare. A critical component on that coordinated attack on health care reform is the advocacy for short-term health insurance plans. These… 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.

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

 February 29, 2016

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Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins talks with Michael Burg about taxes and the government’s resistance to upgrade America’s infrastructure.

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