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 lawyers are to have a civil society. And we’re under attack,” Michael told everyone. “And the only people left to fight are trial lawyers. And the men and women in this room fight for consumer rights every day.”
Later, Michael spoke to several Temple law students and encouraged them to keep up the good fight for the underdogs of the justice system.
Michael became the first Colorado attorney – and sole University of Denver alum – to earn induction into the Hall of Fame when the Trial Lawyers’ Association of America nominated him last year.
Over the course of his 40-year career, Michael has tried nearly 200 trials and obtained more than 15 verdicts in excess of $1 million. Overall, his clients have received settlements, judgments, and verdicts in excess of $500 million.
You can watch highlights of the unveiling ceremony here.