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Michael J. Heydt

Senior Counsel

Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence

Judge Michael Heydt is Senior Counsel to the firm. He has over thirty years of experience as a lawyer, including twelve years of experience as a trial judge. Although Judge Heydt no longer represents clients in litigation, he works with the firm’s lawyers to develop winning strategies and tactics with ideas drawn from his many years of practice and experience on the bench. He also mediates disputes in selected cases.

Judge Heydt was a Fourth Judicial District Court Judge from 1990 – 1999 and for five years during that time was Presiding ADR Judge of the District Court.

He was also an El Paso County Court Judge from 1987-1990. He was a member of the city attorney’s office in Colorado Springs, Colorado and served as the Chief Litigation Attorney. Judge Heydt, after leaving the bench, acted as in-house counsel for a major energy company.

Judge Heydt was an adjunct professor at the Webster University of St. Louis Graduate Center in Colorado Springs from 1985 – 2002, and he has been both a student and an instructor at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada – Reno.

Judge Heydt has an A.A. degree from El Paso Community College (f/k/a Pikes Peak Community College) and a B.A. degree in history from the Colorado College. He received his J.D. degree with honors from Washburn University School of Law.

Judge Heydt is admitted to the Colorado Bar, the U.S. District Court (District of Colorado), the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court Bar; and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He has served on numerous non-profit boards in the past and is a veteran having honorably served with the U.S. Air Force from 1969-1972.

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

El Paso County Court Judge, 1987-1990

Fourth Judicial District Court Judge, 1990-1999

Colorado, 1976

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1976

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

J.D., 1978, Washburn University School of Law

B.A., 1976, The Colorado College

A.A. El Paso Community College

National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

El Paso County Bar Association

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

 January 18, 2018

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

The latest component in Burg Simpson’s ongoing professional education initiative is set for next week. Shareholder Tom W. Henderson will conduct a 90-minute web seminar, “Advising Your Business Clients on Insurance Policies,” at 9 a.m. MST on Jan 18. Designed for Colorado corporate litigation attorneys, this CE course will cover: Defining Ambiguous Terms. Understanding the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

 January 17, 2018

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

Burg Simpson is proud to announce the launch of a more comprehensive website that incorporates the firm’s office locations into a single site. The new Burg Simpson website, which has since focused on Colorado’s practice areas, now encompasses information for its Arizona, Ohio, and Wyoming offices all in one place, along with their practice areas,… Read more »

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

 January 11, 2018

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg recently sat down with Law Week Colorado to discuss mandatory arbitration agreements, and what impact the #MeToo movement might have on that in the coming year. Several factors came together in 2017 to breathe new life into these controversial agreements, but experts debate whether an uptick in sexual harassment claims… Read more »

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

 January 9, 2018

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

Burg Simpson has long been a champion of traumatic brain injury victims. That commitment was on full display this week as shareholders Peter W. Burg and David P. Hersh presented at the 2018 Brain Injury Summit in Vail, Colorado. The Burg Simpson Colorado personal injury attorneys moderated, “Pearls of TBI Neuro-Litigation,” an interactive workshop, earlier… Read more »

Injured During Labor – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers– Burg Simpson

 January 22, 2018

How Do Babies Get Injured During Labor?

Roughly 4 million women give birth every year in the United States. And while the vast majority of those deliveries go off without a hitch, more than 50,000 of these women suffer complications during labor annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The United States stands out as the country with the… Read more »

Protect Uninsured Workers – Colorado Workers Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 January 10, 2018

Colorado Fights to Protect Uninsured Workers

The state of Colorado requires all employers with even a single employee to carry workers’ compensation insurance. It doesn’t matter if those employees are part time or full time. In fact, anyone who receives pay for services in Colorado is considered an employee, as far as workers’ compensation insurance is concerned. There are exceptions, of… Read more »

Business Dispute Options – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorney - Burg Simpson

 January 2, 2018

What Are Your Business Dispute Options?

Business owners operate under the cloud of potential litigation nearly every day. Whether it’s a multinational corporation, a family-owned business, or a small sole proprietorship that’s just opened up its doors, business owners and leaders often face legal issues that can take time and money away from their day-to-day operations. Business and commercial law isn’t… Read more »

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers– Burg Simpson

 December 27, 2017

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm

It might surprise – or even startle – you to find out that Colorado does not require plastic surgery centers to be licensed or even inspected by the state. These medical providers are exempt from regulations that govern other ambulatory surgery centers because providing surgical services isn’t their primary function. The state actually lets 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

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

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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