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Michael S. Burg


Michael S. Burg Lawyer of the Year 2018 Michael S. Burg Lawyer of the Year 2016 Michael Burg - Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence avvo-10-top-attorney-personal-injury Michael Burg - Best Lawyers 2017 Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum Fellow LCA Michael Burg Super Lawyers 10 years Legal 500 Leading Individual Michael Burg-5280 Top Lawyer 2016 American Board of Trial Advocates

Michael Burg J.D. is one of America’s leading trial lawyers, a best-selling author, legal expert and founding shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. A legal champion for victims of corporate and individual malfeasance, negligence, overreach and abuse, Burg began his career fighting for the underdog and has gone on to successfully litigate some of the country’s most high-profile cases of the past four decades. Under Burg’s leadership, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has expanded to more than 60 attorneys across five cities. A national leader in mass tort and class action litigation, the firm has won more than $1 billion in verdicts, judgments and settlements on behalf of its clients.

During his 40-year career, Burg has been a vigilant consumer watchdog, representing thousands of individuals and helping their families overcome catastrophic injuries and immense hardship. He’s taken on big pharma in multiple, dangerous drug mass tort cases including Fen-Phen, Yaz/Yasmin, Ortho Evra, and Pradaxa. Burg stood up to corporate greed fighting against UBS for knowingly selling risky mortgages to investors, creating the blueprint for many similar actions by states, municipalities, government regulators and other aggrieved investors. More recently, Burg filed a sweeping action against 28 California wineries to stop them from selling toxic wine contaminated with arsenic and he’s representing the victims of a fraudulent scheme to illegally sell human body parts of their loved one’s bodies that were supposed to be donated for scientific and medical education and research. 

Burg is a member of the Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska bars and is an inductee into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes his lifelong dedication to representing clients at the highest level. He was named Barrister’s Best “Best Civil Litigator” of 2016, has been named to “America’s 50 Leading Lawyers” for the past six years, and is a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award.

Burg is the author of the best-selling book, Trial by Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, (BenBella Books 2016), a harrowing and moving account of his lifelong battle against corporate greed and corruption played out in high-stakes courtroom drama.

Burg was admitted to the practice of law in 1976 after receiving a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Denver. He’s an Advocate and Life Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Sustaining Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute and serves on the board of Denver’s Mizel Museum.

An active and committed member of his community, Burg is a noted supporter of Toys for Tots, Make A Wish Colorado, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network.


$6.4 Million verdict, Gas Explosion

$6.0 Million verdict plus interest, Gas Explosion

$5.6 Million verdict, Product Defect

$5.3 Million verdict including interest, Insurance Bad Faith

$4.6 Million verdict, Insurance Bad Faith

$2.4 Million verdict, Contract Dispute

$2.1 Million verdict including punitive damages, Lender Liability

$1.2 Million verdict, Construction Defect

$1.2 Million verdict with interest, Business Dispute

$1.15 Million verdict, Contract Dispute

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2018,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

2016 Barrister's Best "Best Civil Litigator"

Inducted to the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2016

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2016,” Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Denver

America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Recommended Attorney, Mass Tort, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Lawyer of the Decade, Law Week Colorado, 2000-2010

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2013,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

Barrister’s Best People’s Choice, Best Civil Litigator, Law Week Colorado, 2015

Clarence Darrow Award, 2013

Outstanding Alumni Award, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2013

Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys (National), the National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney (Colorado), the National Trial Lawyers

Best Lawyers® in America, 2007 – 2017

Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2016 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2014

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015-2016

Wiedemann and Wysocki Award, American Association for Justice, 2014

Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, United States – Plaintiffs, Mass Tort/Product Liability, 2013

Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, Colorado – Plaintiffs, 2012 and 2013

Denver Business Journal Power Book, 2011, 2013

President, the National Trial Lawyers, 2010

“Best of the U.S.” 2006 – 2011

Barrister’s Best Overall Litigator, Law Week Colorado, 2010

Barrister’s Best, Personal Injury, Law Week Colorado, 2009 – 2011

Barrister’s Best, Mass Tort Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2011 and 2012

Colorado Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado, 2008

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Heavy Lifting Award, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2011

Colorado, 1976

Arizona, 2014

Nebraska, 1996

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

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2015

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1979

U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, 2014, by the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Colorado Attorney General, and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Zyprexa Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York

State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

Plaintiffs’ Co-lead Counsel, Ortho Evra Products Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable David A. Katz, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio

Co-Lead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois

J.D., 1975, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law

B.A., 1972, The University of Denver

The Melvin M. Belli Society

The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Presidents Club, American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Advocate and Life Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Executive Committee, The National Trial Lawyers, 2009

Other Appointments and Accomplishments

Sustaining Fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute

Board Member, Mizel Museum

Sponsor, Study Hall at The University of Denver

Sponsor, Moot Court Trial Room at The University of Wyoming

Craig Hospital

Ali Meyer Foundation

Kaps for Kendall

Toys for Tots

Make A Wish

Denver Bar Association Community Action Network

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Mizel Museum

Sungate Kids

Publications / Books

"Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit," Co-Author – Chapter 29, Damages: Punitive Damages. February, 2015.


10/30/2017: Michael Burg discusses the Equifax breach and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-arbitration rule with Law Week Colorado.

Building a Successful Mass Tort Project: Identifying the Opportunities; October, 2016

Never Give Up!: Top Ten Lessons from Our Eight-Year Battles in the CDO Litigation about the Collapse of the U.S. Economy, January, 2016

Punitive Damages: What You Should Know to Prepare Your Next Case and to Maximize Your Damages by Including a Punitive Damages Claim; June, 2015

Protection of California Wine Consumers: Arsenic is Poison; June, 2015

Advertising: Necessity? Dangerous? Out of Control?; May, 2015

Mass Torts & Class Actions 101; May, 2015

Arsenic Levels in Popular, Low-Cost California Wines; April, 2015

The Importance of the Judge and Jurisdiction to Your Case and Common Benefit Percentages; April, 2015

Mental Pain and Anguish in Injury Cases; January, 2015

If You Build It... They Will Come: How We Have Succeeded and Thrived; January, 2015

Morcellator Litigation Primer; October, 2014

Referrals and Networking for the Future; January, 2014

Voir Dire: The New Goals in 2014 and How They Differ From the Old Goals; January, 2014

Roadmap of a Mass Tort: Lessons Learned and Strategies for the Future; September, 2013

How to Choose Your Next Mass Tort; September, 2013

Punitive Damages; June, 2013

Commercial Litigation Update; October, 2012

Presenting to the Defense and the Jury; June, 2012

Direct and Cross Examination of Life Care Planners; April, 2012

National Trial Lawyers Summit – Flourishing in the Age of Tort Reform: A Brainstorming Session; January, 2012

Panel Member: Judicial Forum on Mass Torts; January, 2012

Defining Mental Anguish; September, 2011

Moderator: Civil Court Judicial Forum: Advanced Discovery & Trial Practice; Denver, Colorado; May, 2009 and October, 2010

Trial of the Plaintiff Personal Injury Case; September, 2010

Statutes Which Affect Liability Evaluation in Personal Injury Actions; September, 2010

PI Litigator’s Summit; Las Vegas, Nevada; March 7-9, 2010

The Plaintiff Practice Goes Green; Maximizing the Value of Your Cases and Your Practice; Napa, California; September 19-20, 2010

The Art of Negotiation. What Makes Some Lawyers Poor Negotiators and Other Lawyers Superb Negotiators. The Art, Science and Skill of Mastering Negotiation Methods in Order to Maximize the Benefit for your Clients; April, 2010

The Challenge of Proving “Physical” and “Mental” Pain and Suffering; February, 2010

How to Get the Big Verdict (Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Commercial); October, 2009

Snow Skiing and Other Head Injury Cases; February, 2009

The Collapse of Wall Street and What Only Trial Lawyers Can Do About It; February, 2009

If You Build It They Will Come. The Steps to Building a Successful Law Firm; Various presentations – 2009 to present

Florida Justice Association: 2008 Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February, 2008

Moderator: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know; Denver, Colorado; June, 2008

How and Why Economic Damages Drive a Case; September, 2008

Proof and Argument of Damages: Wrongful Death Cases; September, 2008

Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients; Denver, Colorado; March, 2007

Pharmaceutical & Human Tissue Litigation Conference; Charleston, South Carolina; June, 2006

Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: Practice Tips and Application; October, 2006

Faculty: Emerging Drugs Conference; Chicago, Illinois; October, 2006

Trying the Pharmaceutical Case; Pharmaceutical Litigation 101; New Orleans, Louisiana; June, 2005

Practical Aspects of Being a Trial Lawyer; Sturm College of Law; February, 2005

Faculty Member: Trends and Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical Litigation; Las Vegas, Nevada; September, 2005

Pharmaceutical Torts Cases in Colorado: Ethical Consideration for Practitioners; Denver, Colorado; November, 2005

Drug Litigation Conferences; Zyprexa Litigation; November, 2004

Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics in Colorado; 2002

Successfully Presenting the Complex Case to a Colorado Jury; 2001

Adjunct Professor: The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1995 to present

Get Tickets Today for Craig Hospital’s 2018 PUSH Gala

 March 22, 2018

Get Tickets Today for Craig Hospital’s 2018 PUSH Gala

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 PUSH Gala, a benefit for Craig Hospital, one of the nation’s leading traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospitals. The gala, Craig’s single biggest fund-raising event of the year, is set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado… Read more »

Alan K. Simpson Wants Oklahoma to End Juvenile Life Sentences

 March 14, 2018

Alan K. Simpson Wants Oklahoma to End Juvenile Life Sentences

Alan K. Simpson, a lifelong public servant, knows something about the follies of youth. That’s why the Burg Simpson co-founder wants Oklahoma lawmakers to end life sentences for juvenile offenders. In an op-ed piece published in the Oklahoman last week, Simpson recalled his own run-in with the law as a teenager, when federal authorities arrested… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Makes a Pair of Public Appearances

 March 13, 2018

Michael S. Burg Makes a Pair of Public Appearances

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg made two public appearances last week as part of his ongoing book tour. On March 6, Michael addressed a group of about 70 at the Fort Collins Foothills Rotary Club in Fort Collins. His talk, titled “If You Build It, They Will Come,” covered his experiences in building… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Announce Winners of Sixth Annual College Scholarship Competition

 March 12, 2018

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Announce Winners of Sixth Annual College Scholarship Competition

Denver–Based Law Firm Awards Scholarships to Ten Colorado High School Seniors March 12, 2018 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, announced the winners of its Sixth Annual College Scholarship Competition. Launched in 2012, the competition encourages seniors from across the state to write a 1,500-word… Read more »

Stucco Installation Invites Mold- Colorado Construction Defect Law Firm - Burg Simpson

 March 21, 2018

Poor Stucco Installation is an Invitation for Mold

One of the single most critical aspects of any new home is what’s referred to as the building envelope or building enclosure. This is the part of any building that physically separates the exterior environment from the interior.  Think of it as the “skin” of a building. The construction defect attorneys at Burg Simpson recently… Read more »

Workers’ Comp Options – Workers Comp Lawyers Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 March 20, 2018

Employers Workers’ Comp Options for their Employees

Any company doing business in Colorado – whether it’s a public or private entity – is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance helps protect both the employer and the employee in the case of an accident on the job. Anyone hired to perform services for pay is considered an employee by state law…. Read more »

Mandatory Arbitration Clause – Colorado Civil Litigation Lawyer – Colorado Burg Simpson

 March 19, 2018

Colorado Court of Appeals Strikes Down Mandatory Arbitration Clause in Insurance Policy

In an important victory for consumer rights, the Colorado Court of Appeals struck down a mandatory arbitration clause in a health insurance policy.  The case is Meardon v. Freedom Life Insurance Company, found at 2018 COA 32, 2018 Colo. App. LEXIS 341, and was decided March 8, 2018.  The mandatory arbitration clause provided that all… Read more »

Depression & Work Injuries – Workers Compensation Attorney– Burg Simpson

 February 26, 2018

Depression and Work Injuries for Women in Colorado

Depression is the leading cause of disability both worldwide and in the United States, especially among those between 15 and 44. It affects more than 16 million Americans – nearly 7 percent of the population – hitting women much more frequently than men. While depression alone is not sufficient to be a compensable work injury… 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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