Meet our Attorneys

Michael S. Burg

Founder/Shareholder

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 ForumMichael 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.

Media

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

Janet G. Abaray Named One of the Top 15 Businesswomen in Ohio

 May 17, 2018

Janet G. Abaray Named One of the Top 15 Businesswomen in Ohio

Burg Simpson attorneys have always been leaders in their communities. Shareholder Janet G. Abaray is no different. That’s why the Ohio Diversity Conference and the National Women’s Conference chose to honor Janet as one of the Top 15 Businesswomen in Ohio at the 2018 National Women’s Conference last week. This award honors “outstanding leaders and… Read more »

David P. Hersh Speaks at ACBA Event

 May 7, 2018

David P. Hersh Speaks at ACBA Event

Burg Simpson shareholder David P. Hersh was a featured speaker at a recent Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) event in Napa, California. The session, part of this year’s Spring 2018 CLE event, was called “The Practical Implications for Implementing the Recommendations of the ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.” David covered “the findings and… Read more »

Stephen J. Burg Speaks at Colorado Trial Lawyers Seminar

 April 25, 2018

Stephen J. Burg Speaks at Colorado Trial Lawyers Seminar

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen J. Burg took part in a day-long continuing education seminar sponsored by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. The event, “In Search of a New Paradigm: Recalibrating the Moral Compass of an Industry to Serve Future Generations,” took place at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center in Denver. Stephen’s segment, presented… Read more »

Burg Simpson Scholarship Competition Winners Honored at Annual Dinner

 April 24, 2018

Burg Simpson Scholarship Competition Winners Honored at Annual Dinner

Our 2017-2018 Burg Simpson Scholarship Competition recipients were honored this past Thursday at our annual Scholarship Banquet. This year’s winners included: Elise Hegarty (Faith Christian Academy) Diana Barila (Longmont High School) Kelly Franson (D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School) Emilio D. Gómez (Regis Jesuit High School) Lucy Kane (Valor Christian High School) Andra Metcalfe (Mountain Vista High… Read more »

Burg Simpson Denver - Colorado Supreme Court

 May 21, 2018

Colorado Supreme Court Decides Insurance Companies Cannot Delay Payment of Benefits Owed When The Payment Of Other Benefits Is Disputed

In an important victory for consumers, earlier today the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously decided that insurance companies cannot delay paying benefits owed under a policy just because the payment of other benefits is disputed. The case is State Farm vs. Fisher.  Mr. Fisher had several policies in place with State Farm with underinsured motorists (“UIM”)… Read more »

Bad Flu Season – Medical Malpractice Attorney Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 May 14, 2018

A Bad Flu Season Can Get Worse

The year’s flu season has been historically severe. All but two states – Hawaii and Oregon – continued to report pervasive flu activity. More than 40 states have reported unusually high flu activity. Tragically, the flu has claimed the lives of 165 children this year — and it’s far from over. The U.S. Centers for… Read more »

OHSA Standard Limits Worker Exposure to Silica - Construction Defect Law Firm - Burg Simpson

 May 2, 2018

Community Managers, Homeowner Associations, and Homeowners Beware – New OHSA Standard Limits Worker Exposure to Silica

More than 2 million workers are exposed to crystalline silica every year on the job, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most of whom work in general construction. The other 10 percent of exposed workers are in either the general industry, maritime, or fracking trades. Crystalline silica is an everyday mineral found in… Read more »

Spinal Cord Injury– Denver Injury Attorney Denver Burg Simpson

 April 11, 2018

Surviving the First 90 Days After A Spinal Cord Injury

Every year in the United States, more than 17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries, based on the latest data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. It’s estimated that there are nearly 300,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury today. That’s a big reason why Burg Simpson takes these life-altering injuries so seriously…. 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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