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 Although Judge Heydt no longer represents clients in litigation, he works with the firm’s lawyers to develop winning strategies and tactics with ideas drawn from his many years of practice and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

January firm-wide e-news

 January 17, 2020

Burg Simpson E-News: January 2020

Complex Business and Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects, Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices, Mass Tort, Class Action, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation JANUARY 2020 E-NEWS GOOD LAWYERS Burg Simpson Names Three New Shareholders Paul D. Friedman Angela E. McGraw Jacob M. Burg Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine are pleased to announce that Paul… Read more »

 January 14, 2020

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts In a recent Colorado law journal article, Burg Simpson lawyers Ron Sandgrund and Leslie Tuft question why Colorado insurance companies are still getting special breaks from the courts when those insurers mislead their insureds or fail to explain adequately why they are denying an insurance… Read more »

 January 8, 2020

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!  Denver’s Top Lawyers 2020  is 5280 Magazine’s sixth annual list of the best attorneys in the region. The 5280 editors invited attorneys in the seven-county metro area to vote for the peers they respect most in 50 legal practice areas. Survey responses in hand, the 5280 team… Read more »

 January 7, 2020

The Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING! The 1,500-word Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st 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… Read more »

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 December 9, 2019

Settling Commercial Litigation Cases

An out-of-court settlement is a legally-binding agreement between the parties to a lawsuit that effectively puts an end to the legal matter. A settlement resolves all disputes inherent in the lawsuit, and results in dismissal of the claims filed in court.  Sometimes a settlement will contain a requirement that other court orders be entered effectuating… Read more »

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

 November 12, 2019

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

Burg Simpson’s Colorado mass tort attorneys have represented thousands of people who have suffered serious side effects after taking dangerous medications or those who have been hurt by a defective product.  If you have suffered injuries related to a defective drug or medical device, contact the Burg Simpson mass tort team at 303-790-2525.

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 November 8, 2019

Bike Crash Safety Video – Burg Simpson Personal Injury

The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson help fellow bicycle enthusiasts understand how to protect their rights after a bike crash and stay safe on the roads. If you have been hurt in a bike crash and need help, reach out to us today by calling our office or filling out our online free case… Read more »

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

 July 1, 2019

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

The Jeremy Bitner Foundation was established in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years and during that time was assigned… Read more »

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