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James G. Heckbert

Senior Counsel

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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®, 2013-2016

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2014 and 2017, and 2018

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Colorado, 2006

Arizona, 1974

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1974

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

 November 9, 2018

Burg Simpson Supports Denver Health’s Paramedics

Peter Burg, Jake Burg, and Stephen Burg of Burg Simpson were proud and honored to sponsor Denver Health’s first annual Paramedic Award luncheon on Thursday, November 8th. The event, hosted by Les Shapiro, the American host of the ESPN radio talk program in Denver, Colorado, was a day to honor the heroic service of Denver paramedics who go… Read more »

 November 8, 2018

Burg Simpson Supports the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

Burg Simpson shareholder Tom Henderson, in the center, attended Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Gala on Thursday, November 7th with associate attorney Stephan Marsh on the left, Stephan’s wife Dara, associate attorney Mallory Mangold, and shareholder Meghan Quinlivan. Burg Simpson is proud to support the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC). The Center is dedicated… Read more »

 November 6, 2018

Burg Simpson Attorneys Support the D.U. Law Stars!

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine alumni supported Denver University at the annual DU Law Stars dinner on Thursday, November 1, 2018. DU Law Stars unites alumni and the Denver legal community in a celebration of remarkable individuals who have made lasting contributions to the field of law and legal education. The firm’s founder and… Read more »

Personal injury lawyer Angela McGraw at the Blue Heron PTA

 November 5, 2018

Burg Simpson’s Angela McGraw, Esq. Raising Funds for the Blue Heron PTA!

Angela McGraw, a personal injury attorney at Burg Simpson, volunteered as a PTA parent at The Blue Heron Elementary School’s Family Fall Fest on October 26th. It was a night full of activities that included dressing up in creative Halloween costumes, playing exciting games, and jumping at the Festival’s bouncy house! As an attorney, Angela… Read more »

Thank you to our military veterans for your service this Veterans' Day

 November 12, 2018

Burg Simpson is proud to honor our veterans

Burg Simpson is honored to offer a Veterans Day salute to all our Veterans who have served and are currently serving in the United States military.  We thank you for your courage, sacrifice, dedication, and service to our country.

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 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Worker's Compensation lawyer John Connell received this needlepoint gift from a thankful client.

 October 25, 2018

Workers’ Compensation Lawyer John Connell Changes Lives with Burg Simpson

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Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

 November 2, 2018

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

The negligence of Columbia Gas caused the massive gas explosions  in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, MA. After the gas explosions, more than 2,000 people found themselves displaced, and their towns resembled a war zone. These gas explosions could have easily been avoided. Columbia Gas had been warned twice over the last decade that an explosion was… Read more »

Attorney Tom Henderson explains why the Durango 416 Fire aims to hold the Durango-Silverton Railroad accountable.

 November 2, 2018

Seeking Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

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 November 2, 2018

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

Body brokers are relatively unchecked and under-regulated by state and federal agencies.  Across the United States, mortuaries and hospices are committing fraud by allowing body brokers to convince families who have lost their loved ones to donate the body “for medical research.” But instead of being donated, the body ends up being dismembered and then… Read more »

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