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BURG SIMPSON FEATURES: Shareholder Nick Fogel, Practice Group Leader for the Workers’ Compensation Team

By Heidi Culbertson

June 26, 2020  

BURG SIMPSON FEATURES: Shareholder Nick Fogel

(Nick Fogel is pictured at left with his team members Shareholder Stephan J. Marsh, and Trial Lawyer John Connell.)

Nick Fogel is a shareholder and the practice group leader of Burg Simpson’s Workers’ Compensation Department. His practice is devoted to those who have been injured while working on the job and in the line of duty. In this capacity, Nick has extensive courtroom experience handling a wide variety of matters. The Burg Simpson Workers’ Compensation team has achieved Tier 1 status by Best Lawyers in America and the US News and World Report (the highest-ranking available). See the Workers’ Compensation video here.

Nick’s practice focuses on the representation of law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders who have sustained injuries in the line of duty. He has represented law enforcement and first responders from departments across Colorado. Nick has also handled medical retirement claims filed through the Fire Police Pension Association (FPPA). In 2017, Nick assisted in the passage of HB 1229 which changed the legal standard to allow for the admission of workers’ compensation benefits for first responders related to on-duty PTSD. Nick frequently delivers seminars and presentations regarding workers’ compensation to those in law enforcement and first responder groups.

In 2016, Nick was named as the Outstanding Claimant Attorney of the Year. The award is given for exemplary service and diligent representation of injured workers as recognized by the Professionals In Workers Compensation. Nick has also been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in The Top 40 under 40 Association and as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the State of Colorado. The selection is based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, and profile in the Trial Lawyer community. Nick has also been selected by The American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Litigation Lawyers under 40 in Colorado. Since 2012, Nick has been selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star, a distinction limited to only the top 2.5 percent of qualifying lawyers in the state. Nick has also been selected to the Best Lawyers in America and as a Top Colorado Attorney by 5280 Magazine. Nick is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest-ranking and only an elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell.

Nick is proud to be a founding board member of the Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund. The Fund was created in honor of Detective Jeremy Bitner, who was killed by a drunk driver while in the line of duty. The fund provides assistance to the families of officers that have been killed in the line of duty. See the video here. Nick is also a board member of the Denver Firefighter’s Foundation, whose mission is to improve firefighter safety and quality of life.  Nick is also a board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute, whose mission is to ensure the merit-based selection of judges. Nick has volunteered for the ZRBG pension project in representing Holocaust survivors in order to ascertain pension benefits from the German government, and in 2020 was a sponsor of Food Bank of the Rockies

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