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Rachel A. Sternlieb

Associate

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Having practiced for three years at the law firm of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rachel A. Sternlieb joined Burg Simpson in December of 2016 where she focuses her practice principally in the areas of complex, pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort and class action litigation. Before joining Burg Simpson, Ms. Sternlieb represented clients in medical malpractice, products liability, mass tort and general and maritime personal injury cases throughout Louisiana.

Originally from Georgia, Ms. Sternlieb received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2010 and then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013. While in Law School, Ms. Sternlieb served as an editor of Loyola’s Journal of Public Interest Law and earned awards for receiving the highest grade in both her Contracts II and Maritime Rights, Remedies and Damages in a Marine Disaster classes. Additionally, during her final years of Law school, Ms. Sternlieb participated in a judicial externship with the Honorable Jay C. Zainey (District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana) and worked closely on the In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2179) before the Honorable Carl H. Barbier (District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana), working in both class settlement and phase one trial components of the litigation.

Throughout the course of her three years of practice in New Orleans, Ms. Sternlieb served as a member of the trial team in the In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation (MDL. 2047) overseen by the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon (District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana), in which she also participated heavily in both briefing and discovery efforts undertaken by members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

For two years, Ms. Sternlieb had the pleasure and honor of serving on the Board of Directors of Traveler’s Aid Society of Greater New Orleans, a non-profit organization committed to preventing homelessness and helping homeless or stranded families and individuals regain self-sufficiency. She was also selected for and served as a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans class of 2016.

New Orleans City Business - Ones to Watch in Law, August 2015

Law Excellence Award in Contracts II, Spring 2011

Law Excellence Award in Maritime Rights, Remedies and Damages in a Marine Disaster, Fall 2012

Dean’s Scholarship, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2012-2013

HOPE Scholarship Recipient, 2006-2010

Louisiana, October 2013

U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, August 2016

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, March 2014

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, February 2015

J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2013

B.A., University of Georgia, 2010

Federal Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

American Bar Association New Orleans Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Louisiana Association for Justice

Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers

Member, Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, 2016

Board of Directors, Traveler’s Aid Society of Greater New Orleans, 2014-2016

Volunteer, Father Harry Thompson Center, Homeless Experience Legal Protection Program, 2014 - 2016

CLE Presentation, “May it Please the Court: Tips for Requesting and Preparing for Your First Oral Argument” Federal Bar Association Malcolm Monroe Seminar, December 2015

Moderator of CLE Seminar, “Step Up: Practical Tips for Success” Louisiana Association for Justice, Women’s Caucus Seminar, May 2015

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

 October 17, 2017

Burg Simpson Sues Feds over Floodwater Release

Late one night in September 2013, after days of constant rainfall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened the floodgates of Olympus Dam in Larimer County, Colorado. More than 5,000 cubic feet of water per second rushed down the Big Thompson River, destroying several homes along the way. Overall, the flooding that year killed 10 people… Read more »

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

 October 12, 2017

Michael S. Burg’s Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiled

Temple University unveiled Burg Simpson founder Michael S. Burg’s portrait in its Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this month. Michael attended the ceremony, where he expressed his concern for the future of the profession. “The framers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence understood the importance of the jury trial and how important… Read more »

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

 September 28, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Supports Return to Civil Discourse

Over the last several years, the tone of American politics has become increasingly unpleasant, to put it mildly. It’s something Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson wants to see change. One thing Simpson would like to see is lawmakers spending more time listening to their constituents. It’s something he made a priority during his own… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

 September 27, 2017

Michael S. Burg Discusses Equifax CEO’s Sudden Retirement

Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with Reuters this week about the abrupt retirement of Equifax CEO Richard Smith following the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. “They didn’t do anything to protect the consumers and their information,” Burg told the news service, “Then they attempted to keep people from being able to… Read more »

Youth Sports Pose High Concussion Risks – Denver Injury Attorney– Burg Simpson

 October 19, 2017

Youth Sports Pose Higher Concussion Risk

Every year, the start of the NFL season reboots the conversation about the sport’s health risks, especially when it comes to concussions. In 2009, the NFL addressed increased concerns over player safety by instituting the “NFL Game Day Concussion Protocol,” which employs multiple independent consultants and requires the immediate removal of players suspected of suffering… Read more »

Surgery Errors– Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 October 16, 2017

Surgical Errors Are More Common Than You Think

It is hard to believe that only heart disease and cancer kill more people in this country than medical mistakes. But it is true. Medical errors kill roughly 250,000 Americans annually. Despite that, only 28 states require hospitals to report these fatal errors, making it especially difficult to track these tragedies. The cost of surgical… Read more »

Temporary versus Permanent Disability – Workers Comp Lawyers in Denver – Burg Simpson

 October 10, 2017

What’s the Difference between Temporary and Permanent Disability?

What most employees don’t realize after they’ve been hurt on the job is that they’re entitled to more than medical benefits. If you’ve been injured at work – and have missed three shifts or three calendar days of work – you’re also entitled to compensation for a portion of the wages you’ve lost because of… Read more »

Minority Shareholders Have Rights – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorneys - Burg Simpson

 October 4, 2017

Minority Shareholders Have Rights, Too

By definition, minority shareholders don’t have much say in how a company is run. They’re a lot like Delaware in a presidential election. But the law does afford them protections to prevent their rights from being trampled, while also granting remedies in case those rights have been violated. Minority shareholder rights are violated when the… 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.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

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