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Peter W. Burg

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Attorney Peter W. Burg
Avvo Top Lawyer 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 tenth 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 over $100,000 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

AVVO®, Highest Distinction of Superb 10.0 Attorney Rating

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

National Commissioner, Anti-Defamation League

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

 May 12, 2021

Law Week Colorado Recognizes Burg Simpson’s 34 Super Lawyers!

Every year, in a special edition, Law Week Colorado acknowledges the attorneys who have been recognized by Super Lawyers ®. Published by Circuit Media, Law Week Colorado is the state’s only news outlet specifically for lawyers, law firms, corporate counsel, and the judiciary. See more here The 34 Burg Simpson attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers ® for 2021 include: Colorado Michael S. Burg –… Read more »

 May 12, 2021

Stephen Burg Represents Those Injured in Motorcycle Collisions

Stephen Burg is a shareholder and a trial attorney at the law firm Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine, P.C. Mr. Burg leads the firm’s Personal Injury department, and his practice focuses on representing victims of motorcycle collisions, auto crashes, trucking accidents, and other personal injury matters, including wrongful death. If You Have Been Injured in… Read more »

 May 10, 2021

Burg Simpson is Proud to Support Craig Hospital’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Burg Simpson shareholder Peter Burg has been honored to serve Craig Hospital for over a decade. He is a former member of both the Craig Hospital Operating Board and Foundation Board having served the maximum six-year terms on both boards. Peter is also a former Board Chair of Craig’s Operating Board, a past Craig Hospital PUSH… Read more »

 May 5, 2021

Burg Simpson Scholarship Winner Has Plans to Become a Lawyer

Ms. Devin Kircher, one of the ten 2021 Burg Simpson scholarship winners, recently reached out to thank Burg Simpson founder Michael Burg and the firm. She said: “I sincerely thank you for selecting me to be a recipient of the Burg Simpson Scholarship award. As an aspiring lawyer, I am honored to have been recognized… 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 »

Aurora, CO – Motorcyclist Loses Life in Crash on E Yale Ave near S Truckee St

 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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