Meet our Attorneys

Michael J. Heydt

Senior Counsel

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 Although Judge Heydt no longer represents clients in litigation, he works with the firm’s lawyers to develop winning strategies and tactics with ideas drawn from his many years of practice and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

 April 8, 2021

Civil Litigation Cases During COVID-19

What Will a Civil Jury Trial Look Like When We Reemerge From COVID-19? The coronavirus pandemic has presented a challenge for our legal system over the past year and keeping Americans safe has been the primary concern for the nation. The closing of our courtrooms during the pandemic has affected thousands of people whose court proceedings… Read more »

 April 6, 2021

April 2021 E-News

Shareholder Stephen J. Burg 5280 Magazine’s “Face of Personal Injury Litigation” Stephen J. Burg is a shareholder and trial attorney with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. As the Practice Group Leader of the Personal Injury Department, Stephen is focused on representing victims of automobile and motorcycle crashes, trucking accidents, product liability injuries, gas explosions, and harmful… Read more »

 April 2, 2021

Shareholder Tom Henderson: A Good Lawyer. Changing Lives

Tom Henderson is the President of the Arapahoe County Bar Association Burg Simpson Shareholder Tom Henderson is the Chair of the Bad Faith Insurance Division of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department and the President of the Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA). As the leader of the ACBA, Tom Henderson is seeking to expand access to Arapahoe County’s… Read more »

 April 1, 2021

Shareholder David P. Hersh Continues to Advocate For Attorney Well-Being

The Colorado Lawyer Publishes David P. Hersh’s Recent Article on Attorney Well-Being Burg Simpson shareholder David P Hersh was appointed by Associate Justice Monica Marquez to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court Task Force on Lawyer Well-being in 2018. Among other significant findings, the Task Force, which is chaired by Justice Marquez, found that too… Read more »

Denver, CO – Auto Wreck with Injuries on I-70 Blocks Highway

 June 19, 2020

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

 June 18, 2020

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 »

Denver, CO – Motorcycle Crash with Serious Injuries Reported at Kittredge St & Green Valley Ranch Blvd

 June 15, 2020

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now Shareholder Stephen J. Burg is a trial lawyer and the practice group leader of the firm’s personal injury department. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need someone to be on your side. Insurance companies make huge profits by… Read more »

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