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James G. Heckbert

Senior Counsel

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Super Lawyers 2019James G. Heckbert Lawyer of the Year 2018

 

James Heckbert - Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum

James G. Heckbert focuses his practice on claims involving personal injury and wrongful death, ski injuries, auto and truck collisions, construction site negligence, medical malpractice, gas explosions, and defective products.

In a distinguished career spanning four decades, Mr. Heckbert has secured eight jury verdicts in excess of $1 million. He has obtained numerous other settlements and judgments for amounts also exceeding $1 million.

Mr. Heckbert is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a select group of trial lawyers with multiple million-dollar verdicts and has also been voted a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in Colorado by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Due to the high profile nature of his practice, Mr. Heckbert’s cases have been the subject of two segments on the CBS television show 60 Minutes, while two others were the subjects of segments on ABC’s 20/20, and NBC’s Dateline television news magazines. Mr. Heckbert is named to both Colorado Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

A native of Wooster, Ohio, Mr. Heckbert graduated first in his class from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio in 1974.


  • $6.5 million verdict for a 10-year-old victim of pediatric medical malpractice. This case was the subject of a segment on NBC’s Dateline television program.

  • $4.9 million verdict for the victims of a natural gas explosion.

  • $3.675 million verdict for a motorcyclist injured due to a defective Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This case was the subject of a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes television program.

  • $3.59 million verdict for a policeman mistakenly shot by a fellow policeman. This case was the subject of a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes television program.

  • $3.1 million verdict for a motorist injured as a result of state’s failure to fence elk from the highway.

  • $3 million verdict for a motorist struck by semi-truck.

  • $2.6 million verdict for three family members struck by a semi-truck.

  • $2.4 million verdict for injuries received in a bicycle collision.

  • $2 million verdict for a patient injured as a result of surgical medical malpractice.

  • $1.2 million verdict for a child injured when semi-truck struck the auto in which the child was riding.

  • $885,000 verdict for failure to timely diagnose lung cancer.

  • $675,000 verdict for a victim of a defective artificial knee prosthesis.


  • $6.4 million settlement for an infant in pediatric medical malpractice case.

  • $4.3 million settlement for a patient in anesthesia medical malpractice case.

  • $2.9 million settlement for an infant in obstetrical medical malpractice case.

  • $2.8 million settlement for a patient in medical malpractice case.

  • $2.5 million settlement in truck collision death case.

  • $1.8 million settlement for two victims of a natural gas explosion.

  • $1.5 million settlement for injuries in construction site case.

  • $1.4 million settlement for a worker injured by exploding adhesive vapors.

  • $1.3 million settlement for a patient of anesthesia medical malpractice case.

  • Undisclosed settlement for victims of beryllium lung disease. This case was the subject of a segment of ABC’s 20/20 television program.

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2018,” Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Western Colorado

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2013-2021

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2014 and 2017-2021

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Colorado, 2006

Arizona, 1974 (Retired)

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1974 (Retired)

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

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

J.D., 1974, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
Honors: With High Distinction

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

The National Trial Lawyers

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Routt County Search & Rescue, former President and Board Member

Steamboat Arts Council, former Board Member

Historic Routt County, former Board Member

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Cincinnati Magazine Recognizes Shareholder Janet Abaray

Janet G. Abaray is featured in the March 2021 issue of Cincinnati Magazine in the “Women Who Move Cincinnati” section. Ms. Abaray is the managing shareholder for the Cincinnati office of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine and has litigated extensively in the area of pharmaceutical products liability. She also represents plaintiffs in insurance and… Read more »

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Medical Malpractice Attorney Charles Mendez Discusses Birth Trauma Cases

An article authored by Burg Simpson medical malpractice attorney, Charles Mendez, was recently published in the AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Journal. In this article, Mr. Mendez provides a comprehensive analysis and discusses an important issue raised in a birth injury case that is currently on appeal. Mr. Mendez is an experienced trial lawyer and… Read more »

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Recent Court Ruling Increases Risks for Colorado Skiers

Burg Simpson Shareholder Peter Burg Interviewed by Channel 7 TV News on the Recent Court Ruling that Increases Risks for Colorado Skiers A ruling from the Colorado Court of Appeals regarding the waivers printed on lift-tickets and season-passes has raised concern among many of our state’s personal injury lawyers and victim advocates. The court of… Read more »

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Shareholder Melanie Bailey Appointed to the Elmiron Steering Committee

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David Hersh: COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income

Shareholder David Hersh Discusses COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income  David P. Hersh is a shareholder and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “I am David Hersh, Co-leader of the Commercial Litigation Department at Burg Simpson. Business owners across the country have suffered from the loss of business income as… Read more »

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

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David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

David K. TeSelle is a trial lawyer and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “Do you have confidential information about a company who is cheating the state or federal government out of money, leaving the American taxpayer holding the bag? If so, there is something you can do about it,… Read more »

 June 16, 2020

Shareholder Jacob Burg Discusses Burg Simpson’s Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Jake Burg is a shareholder and a trial lawyer with  Burg Simpson’s personal injury department. “Since the firm’s inception in 1976, Burg Simpson has been committed to providing pro bono legal services to heroes who have dedicated themselves to serving others in times of great need. As an attorney with Burg Simpson, I was proud to… Read more »

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Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now

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