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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 of the 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

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

Best Lawyers in America 2018 Highlights Burg Simpson

 February 22, 2018

Best Lawyers in America 2018 Highlights Burg Simpson

The latest edition of the Best Lawyers in America features several Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine attorneys. The annual supplement, distributed in the Denver Business Journal, the Denver Post, and the Wall Street Journal, also includes an article featuring founding shareholder Michael S. Burg. Nearly two dozen Burg Simpson attorneys appear on the 2018… Read more »

Ronald M. Sandgrund Tackles Dangerous Activity in Latest Colorado Lawyer

 February 7, 2018

Ronald M. Sandgrund Tackles Dangerous Activity in Latest Colorado Lawyer

Who’s to say what’s “inherently dangerous” as opposed to “ultra hazardous?” Is it a question of law or a question of fact, best left for a jury to decide? Those are just a couple of the questions Burg Simpson’s Ronald M. Sandgrund raises in a feature in the latest issue of Colorado Lawyer magazine. Sandgrund… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Presents at 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit

 February 5, 2018

Michael S. Burg Presents at 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit

The Trial Lawyers Summit is an annual gathering of the nation’s trial lawyers, where they gather to exchange ideas and develop professional relationships. That’s why Burg Simpson shareholders frequently attend. In addition to signing copies of his book, “Trial by Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives,” Michael S. Burg spoke… Read more »

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

 January 18, 2018

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

The latest component in Burg Simpson’s ongoing professional education initiative is set for next week. Shareholder Tom W. Henderson will conduct a 90-minute web seminar, “Advising Your Business Clients on Insurance Policies,” at 9 a.m. MST on Jan 18. Designed for Colorado corporate litigation attorneys, this CE course will cover: Defining Ambiguous Terms. Understanding the… Read more »

One of the Worst Things – Medical Malpractice Attorney Denver– Burg Simpson

 February 12, 2018

It’s One of the Worst Things That Can Happen to Your Baby

Although modern medicine and technology have managed to make childbirth a relatively routine medical procedure, it remains fraught with potential complications. Most problems that do arise during labor can be relatively minor, but some situations can turn a delivery room into an emergency operating theater. Shoulder dystocia is a complication that can occur without warning,… Read more »

Cesarean Section Births– Colorado Medical Malpractice Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 January 30, 2018

Cesarean Section Births Aren’t as Safe as You Think

About one in three infants in the United States is delivered by Cesarean section, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That statistic starkly contrasts to global C-section rates, which are much lower, at around 19 percent. There are a couple of reasons for these higher C-section rates…. Read more »

Ruling Against Homeowners Association - Denver Construction Defect Attorneys - Burg Simpson

 January 29, 2018

Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Against Homeowners Association

The non-delegable duty doctrine is simple enough: when one person, say a homebuilder, renders services which it should recognize as necessary for the protection of third persons, say ensuring construction is done in a good and workmanlike manner and in accordance with all applicable plans, specifications, and building codes for home buyers, the builder cannot… Read more »

States Crack Down On Left Lane Drivers – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 January 23, 2018

States Crack Down On Left Lane Drivers

Ask anyone who are the worst drivers on the road and you’re likely to get a variety of responses. One that stands out, however, are the passing lane campers, those who cruise along in the left lane, oblivious to the traffic they’re tying up or the road rage they’re feeding. According to the Expedia Road… 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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