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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. Burg is senior shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, a national 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, 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 accidents, and mass tort litigation.

As an expert in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury litigation, Burg has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of his clients. Burg is committed to educating the public about the consequences posed by these injuries and to helping individuals understand their legal rights. In a recent case filed last year against Hertz Corporation, Burg obtained $3.25 million in damages on behalf of a client who sustained serious injuries after a motor vehicle collision by a Hertz employee.

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.

Burg is the recipient of America’s Top 100 Attorneys “Lifetime Achievement Award,” a prestigious honor bestowed on an elite group of attorneys based on their professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and community impact. Burg has also been selected to The Best Lawyers in America peer review listing from 2008 – 2018 and Colorado Super Lawyers listing from 2006 – 2016. In 2013, 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 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 sixth 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 $50,000 in college scholarships to deserving Colorado youth while educating them about the legal system.

Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®

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

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

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

Outstanding Alumni Award ("DU Law Stars ") - University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 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 – 2018

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers,® 2006 – 2016

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

Recipient, Edward M. Sait Prize in Government

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

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)

Past Chair, Craig Hospital Board of Directors

Craig Hospital Foundation and PUSH Committee

Former Member, Craig Hospital Board of Directors

Current Member, Craig Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Former Member, Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Board of Directors

Fellow Emeritus of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation

Member, Judicial Liaison Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association

Past Member, Board of Directors, Arapahoe County Bar Association

Ali Meyer Foundation

Kaps for Kendall

Toys for Tots

Habitat for Humanity

Past Member, Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Human Services

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit. Co-Author – Chapter 13, Damages: Punitive Damages. February 2015.

Lessons on Giving as a Firm – Law Week Colorado, April 22, 2013

"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

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

Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law

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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