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David K. TeSelle

Trial Lawyer/Shareholder/Leader, Complex Commercial & Business Litigation Team/Leader, Construction Defect Litigation Team

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David K. TeSelle is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and President of the National Trial Lawyers Business Torts Specialty Association. Mr. TeSelle has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court and in private arbitration. He is also co-leader in charge of managing Burg Simpson’s Complex Commercial/Business Litigation and Construction Defect Litigation Groups, which includes over a dozen of the best trial lawyers in the country.

Mr. TeSelle’s primary focus is fighting for his clients through complex commercial, business and construction defect litigation disputes, sometimes against the largest, toughest, and most well-funded big businesses, banks, builders and insurers in the world.

This includes numerous successful settlements, trial verdicts and arbitration awards in the multiple millions of dollars in many different areas of complex commercial litigation, including construction defects, “bet the business” disputes, fiduciary duty violations, shareholder, partnership and member disputes, consumer and corporate fraud, securities disputes, whistleblower actions, property disputes, insurance bad faith actions, lender-liability disputes, investor disputes, shareholder derivative actions, product liability cases, class actions and mass torts. Mr. TeSelle has also successfully tried several complex personal injury jury trials to multiple million dollar verdicts. Mr. Te Selle has also handled Federal and State False Claim Act (Qui Tam) Litigation on behalf of whistleblowers who expose fraud against the state and federal taxpayers.

Mr. TeSelle believes that trial lawyers are critical to preserving the vibrant marketplace that makes our country exceptional. Only trial lawyers can ensure that the good businesses, good builders, good bankers, good investment advisors and good insurers succeed- and thrive – by bring the bad actors to justice, to ensure that the system is fair and just for all.

Mr. TeSelle serves a wide range of clients, and prides himself on hard work, professionalism, and an unrelenting focus on serving the client, striving to meet the client’s goals and objectives in a cost-effective manner. Mr. TeSelle demands only “A-plus” work product from his team on all aspects of legal representation. One size does not fit all in high-stakes commercial and construction defect litigation disputes. Mr. TeSelle is always working to find creative and effective ways to achieve success for his clients. Mr. TeSelle never forgets that the ultimate goal is to fight hard to win justice for his clients, and to do so as ethically, effectively and economically as possible.

Mr. TeSelle is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has repeatedly been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and as a Colorado Super Lawyer, and has been honored as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been deputized by the State of Wyoming as an Assistant State Attorney General to seek recovery of over a hundred million dollars in losses suffered by the state pension and treasury as a result of the fraudulent ratings placed on structured investment products during the Great Recession.

Mr. TeSelle was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University in New York, NY in 1991. Mr. TeSelle received his law degree in 1994 from Dickinson School of Law (now of Pennsylvania State University). Mr. TeSelle joined Burg Simpson in 1998, after practicing for several years outside Philadelphia. Mr. TeSelle is a regular correspondent on Robert Kennedy and Mike Papantonio’s “Ring of Fire” TV program on Free Speech TV. He is also a regular speaker at national conferences, teaching other lawyers about trial practice and various aspects of business/commercial litigation. He also teaches classes on trial practice to young aspiring trial lawyers at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2017,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

Nation’s Top One Percent 2015, National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2012-2018

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012-2016

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

AVVO 10.0 Rating

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

President, National Trial Lawyers Business Tort Trial Lawyers Association

Colorado, 1998

Pennsylvania (Inactive), 1994

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1998

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

Arizona, 2015

J.D., 1994, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

B.A., 1991, Columbia College, Columbia University in New York, NY

President of the National Trial Lawyers Business Tort Trial Lawyers Specialty Association, 2012-2015

The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

Jefferson County Bar Association

Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

 October 17, 2017

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

Late one night in September 2013, after days of constant rainfall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the floodgates of Olympus Dam in Larimer County, Colorado. More than 5,000 cubic feet of water per second rushed down the Big Thompson River, destroying several homes along the way. Overall, the flooding that year killed 10 people… Read more »

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

 October 12, 2017

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

Temple University unveiled Burg Simpson founder Michael S. Burg’s portrait in its Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this month. Michael attended the ceremony, where he expressed his concern for the future of the profession. “The framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence understood the importance of the jury trial and how important… Read more »

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

 September 28, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

Over the last several years, the tone of American politics has become increasingly unpleasant, to put it mildly. It’s something Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson wants to see change. One thing Simpson would like to see is lawmakers spending more time listening to their constituents. It’s something he made a priority during his own… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

 September 27, 2017

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with Reuters this week about the abrupt retirement of Equifax CEO Richard Smith following the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. “They didn’t do anything to protect the consumers and their information,” Burg told the news service, “Then they attempted to keep people from being able to… Read more »

Youth Sports Pose High Concussion Risks – Denver Injury Attorney– Burg Simpson

 October 19, 2017

Youth Sports Pose Higher Concussion Risk

Every year, the start of the NFL season reboots the conversation about the sport’s health risks, especially when it comes to concussions. In 2009, the NFL addressed increased concerns over player safety by instituting the “NFL Game Day Concussion Protocol,” which employs multiple independent consultants and requires the immediate removal of players suspected of suffering… Read more »

Surgery Errors– Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 October 16, 2017

Surgical Errors Are More Common Than You Think

It is hard to believe that only heart disease and cancer kill more people in this country than medical mistakes. But it is true. Medical errors kill roughly 250,000 Americans annually. Despite that, only 28 states require hospitals to report these fatal errors, making it especially difficult to track these tragedies. The cost of surgical… Read more »

Temporary versus Permanent Disability – Workers Comp Lawyers in Denver – Burg Simpson

 October 10, 2017

What’s the Difference between Temporary and Permanent Disability?

What most employees don’t realize after they’ve been hurt on the job is that they’re entitled to more than medical benefits. If you’ve been injured at work – and have missed three shifts or three calendar days of work – you’re also entitled to compensation for a portion of the wages you’ve lost because of… Read more »

Minority Shareholders Have Rights – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorneys - Burg Simpson

 October 4, 2017

Minority Shareholders Have Rights, Too

By definition, minority shareholders don’t have much say in how a company is run. They’re a lot like Delaware in a presidential election. But the law does afford them protections to prevent their rights from being trampled, while also granting remedies in case those rights have been violated. Minority shareholder rights are violated when the… 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?

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