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Peter W. Burg

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Attorney Peter W. Burg
multi-million-dollar-advocates-forum Legal 500 Leading Individual American Board of Trial Advocates

Peter W. Burg J.D. is one of America’s leading trial lawyers and one of the country’s foremost legal experts handling claims for persons with traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries.  Mr. Burg is a senior shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, a national trial firm known for fighting for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse that has secured over $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments on behalf of its clients.

Over the course of his career spanning nearly four decades, Mr. Burg has successfully represented high-profile cases including significant and catastrophic injuries arising from product liability, dangerous pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, construction defects, motor vehicle and trucking crashes, ski accidents, and mass tort litigation.

As an expert in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury litigation, Mr. Burg has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of his clients. Mr. Burg is committed to educating the public about the consequences posed by these injuries and to help individuals understand their legal rights. In a case filed against Hertz Corporation, Burg obtained $3.25 million in a jury award on behalf of a client who sustained serious injuries after a motor vehicle collision with a Hertz employee. Burg also recently obtained several multi-million dollar settlements in matters involving traumatic brain injuries, and settled two wrongful-death matters and obtained multi-million dollar settlements in both cases.

Burg has taken on “Big Pharma” and medical device manufacturers in multiple dangerous drug and device mass tort cases including Zyprexa, Vioxx, Gadolinium-based contrast agents (in which he served as co-lead national lawyer appointed by the federal judge overseeing the consolidated litigation) and Wright Medical Technology hip fractures and metal-on-metal claims (where he also serves as part of the State and Federal Leadership Group). His work on these cases has led to recoveries on behalf of thousands of clients who have suffered injuries, obtaining settlements that significantly improve their lives.

Peter Burg has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America peer-review listing from 2008-2019 and Colorado Super Lawyers list from 2006-2020. In 2013, Mr. Burg received the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Law Star Award for Outstanding Alumni.

Burg is a member of the Colorado and Arizona state bars, and he’s an Adjunct Professor of Law at his alma mater, the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and belongs to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the Faculty of Federal Advocates (FFA), and the Melvin M. Belli Society.

Burg was admitted to the practice of law in 1980 after receiving a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Denver where he is involved with numerous philanthropic and community initiatives.  Peter is actively engaged in the brain and spinal injury community. He is a former member of both the Craig Hospital Operating Board and Foundation Board having served the maximum 6-year terms on both boards. Peter is also a former Board Chair of Craig’s Operating Board, a past Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner Chair and a long-time member of Craig’s PUSH event planning committee. Craig Hospital is a Denver-based hospital that is world-renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He also is involved with the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, the Ali Meyer Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League.

In addition, the firm is in the eighth year of its annual scholarship essay competition, offering graduating Colorado seniors the opportunity to win monetary prizes for the best essays about the importance of the jury system as the guardian of American rights and liberties. To date, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has awarded almost $92,000 in college scholarships to deserving Colorado youth while educating them about the legal system.

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2019-2021

Selected to The Round Table, America's 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, The Trial Lawyer Magazine

Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year," 2014, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver

Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

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

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Outstanding Alumni Award (“DU Law Stars”), 2013

Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

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

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2008–2021

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2021 and Top 100 Super Lawyers® 2021

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Edward M. Sait Prize Winner

American Bar Foundation Fellow

Colorado, 1980

Arizona, 2014

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1980

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for Bextra and Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Multi-District Litigation - The Honorable Charles L. Breyer, United States District Judge, Northern District of California

Co-Chair, Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Product Liability Multi-District Litigation - The Honorable Dan A. Polster, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio

Member, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for Wright Hip System Cases – The Honorable Ann I. Jones, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

J.D., The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1980

B.A., University of Michigan, 1975-1976

Pomona College, 1973-1974

Member, Melvin M. Belli Society, since 2014

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Executive Committee, The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

American Association for Justice (AAJ), Chair, Gadolinium Litigation Group

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

Faculty of Federal Advocates (FFA)

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

Member of the Board of the Mountain States ADL

Craig Hospital – Past Chairman of Board of Directors and 6-Year Member of the Board of Directors

Craig Hospital Foundation and PUSH Committee

Craig Hospital Foundation – Past Member of the Board of Directors

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) – Past Member of Board of Directors

Fellow Emeritus of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation

Colorado Bar Association – Past Member of the Judicial Liaison Executive Council

Arapahoe County Bar Association – Past Member of the Board of Directors

Ali Meyer Foundation

Kaps for Kendall

Toys for Tots

Habitat for Humanity

Rocky Mountain Human Services – Past Member of Board of Directors

Anti-Defamation League Rocky Mountain Region – Board Member

University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Member of Alumni Association Board of Directors

Dealing with Difficult Clients and Imperfect Witnesses and How to Keep Them from Killing Your Case - Traumatic Brain Injury MedLegal Conference, San Diego, February 24, 2018.

"A Medical and Legal Perspective on the Standard of Care," co-presented with Jim Kelly, MD and Steve Shapiro, Esq., Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Convention, Denver Convention Center, November 2015.

"Brain Injury Litigation," presentation, the National Trial Lawyers Summit, January 2015.

Legal Issues, Timely Decision Making, and Available Options for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury – Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado 31st Annual Conference, Denver, October 16, 2014

Legal Issues, Timely Decision Making and Available Options for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury – Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Regional Conference, Breckenridge, May 16, 2014

Children and the Elderly Are Unique: Understanding How the Issues Vary When They Are Your Clients – Traumatic Brain Injury: The Science, The Medicine, The Law, August 25-27, Encore Las Vegas

Legal Issues for Brain Injury Survivors – Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Regional Conference, Grand Junction, May 4, 2013

Brain Injury Conference Presentation, Gunnison Valley Health’s Brainstrong Support Group, 2012

Update on Product Liability Law at the Annual Tort Law Update 2012 presented by CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2012

Presenting Evidence in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases at Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, 2012

Strategic Use of Demonstrative Aids and Technology in Videotape Depositions to Seize Upon Issues with Powerful Persuasion, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar

University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Past Adjunct Professor of Law

 September 25, 2020

Burg Simpson Features: Shareholder Paul D. Friedman

Paul D. Friedman is the managing shareholder of Burg Simpson’s Phoenix, Arizona office. Mr. Friedman practices in the areas of significant personal injury, wrongful death, ethics, and professional malpractice. Mr. Friedman is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Arizona, the United States District Court of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth… Read more »

 September 24, 2020

Burg Simpson is Proud to Support the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) was founded in 1981 and its mission is to advocate for children and youth. The organization seeks to drive systemic reform, and boldly challenge the status quo so that every young person who has experienced trauma or instability has the opportunity to thrive. But the RMCLC goes far… Read more »

 September 22, 2020

5280 Magazine Recognizes Denver’s Top Lawyers of 2021

5280 Magazine announced its list of Denver’s Top Lawyers for 2021. This is the sixth annual list of the best attorneys in the region. The publication first invited attorneys in the seven-county metro area to vote for the peers they respect most in 50 specialties. Survey responses in hand, 5280 then performed weeks of investigation… Read more »

 September 21, 2020

Join Us in Supporting Craig Hospital’s Pedal 4 Possible Fundraiser!

Pedal for Possible an annual charity bike ride held to benefit Craig Hospital’s patients and programs. This year’s Pedal 4 Possible has gone virtual, so we invite you to ride, roll, run, or recreate to help Craig Hospital patients! There is no limit to what is possible for the 2020 virtual event! All the money… Read more »

Greeley, CO – Two Workers Killed in Work Accident on 1st Ave

 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 – Two Injured in Motorcycle Accident on I-25 (CanAm Highway)

 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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