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Thomas W. Henderson

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Super Lawyers 2019

Tom Henderson focuses his practice on representing policyholders in suing insurance companies for bad faith and getting insurance companies to pay what the insurance policy promises to pay. Tom spent the first 20 years of his practice representing the insurance companies, answering their questions about whether the policy provided coverage for various claims, and even defending them when they were sued.

Tom uses this unusual background to his clients’ advantage because he knows where the weak spots are, where the smoking guns are hidden and how best to structure his clients’ cases to maximize the potential of getting the insurance companies to pay. Tom represents both individual consumers and businesses in their pursuit of insurance claims. For consumers, this includes auto, uninsured and underinsured motorists, homeowners, renters, liability, property, health, disability, and life insurance claims. For businesses, this includes auto, liability, property, lost profits, directors and officers, professional liability, and construction insurance claims. These claims can range from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars.

Tom has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in 2013-2020 in the field of Insurance Law. Tom has also been recognized as a People’s Choice Best Insurance Lawyer. and has been selected to Super Lawyers® every year since 2014. In 2019 and 2020, Tom was selected as a Colorado Top Lawyer in insurance by 5280 Magazine.

Tom has achieved great success in getting insurance companies to pay money on claims that had previously been denied, and in getting insurance companies to pay much more money than they previously offered. Tom has won many jury verdicts for his clients in insurance bad faith cases, including obtaining verdicts that included punitive damages.

As an attorney who is frequently contacted for comment by local and national news media regarding insurance issues, Tom has also been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Law Week Colorado, and Channel 7 TV News. He was also interviewed by the Jewish Journal about his practice on representing policyholders in suing insurance companies for bad faith and getting insurance companies to pay what the insurance policy promises to pay: Click here to access the article:

Tom has negotiated agreements between policyholders and injured persons, known in Colorado as Bashor or Nunn Agreements. These agreements allow policyholders who caused injury to another, but whose insurance company has not honored its obligation to defend or financially protect the policyholder, to escape the potential of financial ruin in return for assigning their rights to go after their own insurance company.

Tom was admitted to practice in Colorado in October of 1987. Tom is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Bad Faith sub-committee of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and the Denver and Arapahoe County Bar Associations. Tom also lectures on insurance bad faith and insurance coverage to groups of policyholders.

After graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Tom obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1987. When not practicing law, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons by going skiing, camping, climbing Colorado’s 14ers, and playing volleyball and golf. Tom also assists in teaching a law class at Arapahoe High School by helping the students present a mock trial twice during each school year.

Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM Rating

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2013 - 2020

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2014 - 2020

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2017 and 2019-2020 - Insurance

Barrister’s Best People’s Choice, Best Insurance Lawyer, 2013 - Law Week Colorado

American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure

Phi Alpha Delta

Member, Litigation Section, Colorado Bar Association

Colorado, 1987

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1988

U.S. Supreme Court

J.D., 1987, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law

B.A., 1983, Whitman College

The Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center - Board of Directors

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Denver Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association - President-Elect & Board Member

Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair for 18th Judicial District

Instructor: Seminar with Altitude Law Group regarding bad faith insurance. February, 2020

Instructor: Lunch and Learns, "Know Your Insurance Rights." - For Property Management Groups. February, 2020

Instructor: "Nuts and Bolts of Depositions" - Arapahoe County Bar Association

Instructor: "Bad Faith Litigation from Start to Finish" - National Business Institute

Instructor: "Is it Bad Faith?" - National Business Institute

Instructor: "Advising Your Business Clients on Insurance Policies" - National Business Institute

 March 27, 2020

Addressing Insurance Coverage for Business Liability Arising from the Spread of the Coronavirus

Addressing Insurance Coverage for Business Liability Arising From the Spread of the Coronavirus. Thomas W. Henderson, a trial lawyer and shareholder with Burg Simpson, addresses insurance coverage for business liability arising from the spread of COVID 19. Access the video here.  About Thomas W. Henderson Shareholder Tom Henderson focuses his legal practice on representing policyholders… Read more »

 March 27, 2020

Addressing Insurance Claims for Loss of Business Income Due to Government Shutdowns from COVID-19.

Addressing Insurance Claims for Loss of Business Income Due to Government Shutdowns from COVID-19. Tom Henderson addresses insurance claims for loss of business income due to government shutdowns from COVID-19. See the Video here. About Tom Henderson Tom Henderson focuses his practice on representing policyholders in suing insurance companies for bad faith and getting insurance… Read more »

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 March 25, 2020

BURG SIMPSON STATEMENT RE: THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

BURG SIMPSON STATEMENT RE: THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC We at Burg Simpson hope that you and your family are safe and doing well during this difficult time. While our physical offices are closed to the public to assist in the social distancing practices necessary to fight this disease, Burg Simpson remains fully operational and committed to… Read more »

 March 18, 2020

Burg Simpson Interviewed About the Sunset Mesa Body Broker Case

Burg Simpson Interviewed by Westword About the Sunset Mesa Body Broker Case. Just over a year ago, Burg Simpson filed a lawsuit in Montrose, Colorado on behalf of sixty-four grieving families against Megan M. Hess, the owner of both Sunset Mesa Funeral Home and the Donor Services body-donation business, as well several other companies and… Read more »

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 December 9, 2019

Settling Commercial Litigation Cases

An out-of-court settlement is a legally-binding agreement between the parties to a lawsuit that effectively puts an end to the legal matter. A settlement resolves all disputes inherent in the lawsuit, and results in dismissal of the claims filed in court.  Sometimes a settlement will contain a requirement that other court orders be entered effectuating… Read more »

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

 November 12, 2019

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

Burg Simpson’s Colorado mass tort attorneys have represented thousands of people who have suffered serious side effects after taking dangerous medications or those who have been hurt by a defective product.  If you have suffered injuries related to a defective drug or medical device, contact the Burg Simpson mass tort team at 303-790-2525.

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 November 8, 2019

Bike Crash Safety Video – Burg Simpson Personal Injury

The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson help fellow bicycle enthusiasts understand how to protect their rights after a bike crash and stay safe on the roads. If you have been hurt in a bike crash and need help, reach out to us today by calling our office or filling out our online free case… Read more »

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

 July 1, 2019

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

The Jeremy Bitner Foundation was established in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years and during that time was assigned… Read more »

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