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 Although Judge Heydt no longer represents clients in litigation, he works with the firm’s lawyers to develop winning strategies and tactics with ideas drawn from his many years of practice and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

 October 28, 2020

Burg Simpson Sponsors the Anti-Defamation League Awards Reception

Burg Simpson is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Awards Reception this year. The “If Not Now, When?” virtual reception on November 12th will honor Sheldon “Shelly” Steinhauser with the ADL Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will be held Via Zoom on Thursday, November 12th at 5:30 pm. The occasion will include… Read more »

 October 22, 2020

Burg Simpson Lawyers Achieve “Superb” Rating by Martindale-Avvo

Twenty-Five Burg SImpson Attorneys have achieved a “Superb Rating” by AVVO. Martindale-Avvo is a legal directory that provides comprehensive attorney profiles, client reviews, peer endorsements, and a proprietary rating for more than 97 percent of all licensed attorneys in the United States. Avvo lawyer profiles are aggregated from public records provided by state bars and… Read more »

 October 21, 2020

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for a Birth Injury

Scott Eldredge is a shareholder and the Practice Group Leader of Burg Simpson’s Medical Malpractice department. Mr. Eldredge’s legal practice focuses primarily on complex medical malpractice cases with a particular emphasis on birth injury claims. In many cases involving birth injuries, the parents whose children have suffered from birth trauma have a difficult time piecing together… Read more »

 October 16, 2020

Ohio E-News: October 2020

Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Consumer Litigation, Mass Tort & Class Action, Business & Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Harassment. OCTOBER 2020 E-News GOOD LAWYERS Burg Simpson Congratulates Janet G. Abaray “Lawyer of the Year” In addition to being recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America® for… 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 – Crash with Semi and Motorcycle on Smith Rd Ends in Injuries

 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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