Meet our Attorneys

Michael S. Burg

Founder/Shareholder

Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Honor
American Board of Trial AdvocatesBarrister's Best 2018 Award5280 Top LawyersSuper Lawyers 2019

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 six 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 has 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 is 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 a 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 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

Hall of Fame, U.S. Legal 500, Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices - Plaintiff, 2019

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

Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best - People’s Choice, Best Class Action/Mass Tort Lawyer, Plaintiffs, 2018

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, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Recommended Attorney, Mass Tort, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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 – 2019

Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2019 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2014

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015-2019

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

Appointed to the Executive Committee, 2019, by the District Court Judge, for the Lawrence/Andover, Massachusetts Gas Explosion Cases.

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

Ohio Attorney David Harman hero image

 April 24, 2019

David C. Harman and PLN: Changing the Lives of Underprivileged Scouts

As an Eagle Scout himself, shareholder David Harman understands the benefits and virtues that Scouting can supply. Accordingly, when an opportunity arose for him to support the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) in Cincinnati approximately three years ago, he jumped on it and joined a volunteer group called the Professional Leadership Network (“PLN”). PLN’s mission… Read more »

 April 19, 2019

Shareholder Stephan Marsh Nominated for Outstanding Workers’ Compensation Attorney Award!

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephan J. Marsh has been nominated by the Professionals in Workers’ Compensation, and his peers in the industry, for the Outstanding Workers’ Compensation Attorney Award! The PWC Awards were established to recognize lawyers for their outstanding contributions to the workers’ compensation community, and the annual award is presented to those who are making a… Read more »

Honorable Alan K. Simpson hero image

 April 12, 2019

Republicans and Democrats Can Learn a Lot from Former Sen. Alan Simpson

Hon. Alan K. Simpson, one of the founding shareholders at the law firm of Burg Simpson Hersh Eldredge & Jardine, P.C., was featured in the April 10, 2019, edition of the Corpus Christi Caller. Alan Simpson is a former U.S. Senator (R-Wyoming) who served from January 1979 to 1997, where he was the Assistant Republican… Read more »

 April 8, 2019

The American Board of Trial Advocates Presents Masters in Trial® 

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Presents Masters in Trial.   Angela E. McGraw – Trial Lawyer.   Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine is pleased to announce that attorney Angela McGraw, Of Counsel at the firm, is a presenter on the faculty of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Masters in Trial® program on Friday, April… Read more »

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 April 18, 2019

Join Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson from Cody WY for a “Fireside Chat”

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a fireside chat with former United States Senator Alan Simpson of Cody, WY,  former Governor Michael J. Sullivan, and Wyoming Federal District Court Judge Alan Johnson as they discuss the three branches of government, their functions and why it matters to you. WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019,  at 7:00 p.m…. Read more »

 April 18, 2019

What is a Whistleblower or “Qui Tam” Lawsuit?

A “Whistleblower” is defined as a person who informs on an individual or a company engaged in an illicit activity. Ralph Nader, an American political activist, attorney, and consumer advocate is credited with coining the term in the 1970s. Qui tam comes from the Latin phrase meaning “[he] who sues in this matter for the… Read more »

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

 April 17, 2019

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

Shareholder Nick Fogel is the practice group leader of the Workers’ Compensation division at Burg Simpson. Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that protects employees when they are injured on the job or in the line of duty. Workers’ compensation provides both wage replacement and medical benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be… Read more »

Hunting

 April 15, 2019

Hunters Beware… Tree-Hanging Hunting Stand Can Lead to Fall

By Jessica Powell, Burg Simpson Associate On April 11, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that DICK’S Sporting Goods is recalling a tree-hanging stand marketed for hunters. According to the CPSC’s recall notice, the Field & Stream Timberline Hang On Tree Stand poses a fall hazard, as the weld on the seat… Read more »

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

 April 17, 2019

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

Shareholder Nick Fogel is the practice group leader of the Workers’ Compensation division at Burg Simpson. Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that protects employees when they are injured on the job or in the line of duty. Workers’ compensation provides both wage replacement and medical benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be… Read more »

Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help

 April 5, 2019

Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help

Burg Simpson is a law firm committed to helping injured people rebuild their lives after a serious accident or injury. Our trial lawyers have handled nearly every kind of injury or wrongful death case. The team at Burg Simpson has the resources, nationwide reputation, or proven track record of success when it comes to helping… Read more »

Becoming Whole Again

 April 4, 2019

Becoming Whole Again

If you or a loved one has suffered a loss due to an injury or death because of the negligence of another, you are entitled to receive full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Burg Simpson’s office in Arizona can help you navigate your personal injury claim. Burg Simpson attorney, Scott A. Ambrose… Read more »

Arizona Medical Malpractice Team

 April 4, 2019

Arizona Medical Malpractice Team

Burg Simpson’s Arizona medical malpractice team is dedicated to helping seriously injured victims fight for their rights. Our Arizona medical malpractice team has over 75 years of combined experience in the medical malpractice arena. Burg Simpson associate Ronda Kelso worked as a nurse prior to entering the legal field. Ms. Kelso has the legal experience… Read more »

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