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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

Washington Capitol Building

 December 12, 2018

Letter Urging Senate to Defend Democracy Co-Signed by Former Senator Al Simpson

A week after giving his moving eulogy at late President George H.W. Bush’s wake, former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson joined with forty-three other former Senators across party lines in publishing a letter to the Washington Post. This co-signed letter urges the current Senate to embrace a bipartisan defense of democracy and constitutional values as… Read more »

 December 6, 2018

Retired Firefighters Get Burned When Health Care Benefits are Terminated

Attorney Brian Matise at Burg Simpson handles complex civil litigation cases, and he has taken the lead on the West Metro Case. This case involves the distribution of more  than $1.8 million in funds that remained in a trust that was committed to fund health insurance benefits for 73 retired firefighters and their dependents. These… Read more »

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) gives eulogy for late President George W.W. Bush

 December 5, 2018

Former Senator Al Simpson Eulogizes President George H.W. Bush

This morning, former Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) celebrated the life of former President George H.W. Bush, his long-time friend and colleague. Speaking of the man’s warmth and integrity, Sen. Simpson delivered a moving speech on President Bush’s legacy of integrity, loyalty and sacrifice. When speaking to the press, Alan Simpson spoke on the difficulties… Read more »

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 December 4, 2018

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to Remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s Funeral

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The former senator, a colleague and longtime friend of George and Barbara Bush, will be one of four speakers to deliver the eulogy at the late president’s funeral this week. Simpson and Bush established their… Read more »

Mass Tort Class Action

 December 13, 2018

What is the Difference Between Mass Tort Litigation And Class Action Litigation?

Mass Tort litigation and Class Action litigation both handle negligence cases with multiple victims, but each has very specific ways of handling these kinds of matters. Mass tort cases and class action lawsuits share certain similarities: A large group of plaintiffs who claim they have been hurt. Common defendants who have been accused of causing… Read more »

 December 12, 2018

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING!

The deadline for students to submit their 1500 word essays is February 1, 2019. For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who won our essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being threatened. The annual Burg Simpson Scholarship… Read more »

 December 11, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Infants

One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries in infants is Cerebral Palsy (CP). Receiving the news that your newborn has been diagnosed with this condition is some of the most devastating information a parent can receive. CP caused by birth trauma affects thousands of newborns every year. Birth trauma is a general term… Read more »

 December 11, 2018

Reusable Medical Device Can Save Lives… And Spread infection

Reusable medical device can save lives… and spread infection. The FDA issued interim results of an ongoing, mandated post-market surveillance studies in order to “inform patients, hospitals and health care facilities of higher-than-expected contamination rates with duodenoscopes after processing.”  But what does that mean? Duodenoscopes Duodenoscopes are a very complex type endoscopic device, that is,… Read more »

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

Colorado’s Durango 416 Fire was caused by the Durango-Silverton Railroad’s coal-burning train on June 1, 2018. The blaze has been reported to be the state’s sixth largest forest fire in history, and the fire destroyed homes and businesses in Durango and the surrounding area. Burg Simpson is now representing those affected by the 416 Fire… Read more »

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

 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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