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U.S. LEGAL 500 RECOGNIZES BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE HERSH & JARDINE

By Heidi Culbertson

Michael Burg on KHOW

March 4, 2019  

U.S. LEGAL 500 RECOGNIZES BURG SIMPSON ELDREDGE HERSH & JARDINE

Congratulations to Shareholders Michael S. Burg and Seth A. Katz

Denver, CO – February 26, 2019 – The Denver-based law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has been recognized by the 2019 U.S. Legal 500 for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices – Plaintiff.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has a strong track record representing plaintiffs in mass torts and multi district litigation (MDL) in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices sector. The firm’s mass tort attorneys have represented thousands of people who have suffered serious side effects after taking dangerous medications, and those who have been hurt by defective medical products. For over 40 years, the firm’s experienced team of litigation lawyers have worked together to handle these cases, many of which have involved some of the world’s largest and most high-profile companies.

Michael S. Burg, the founding shareholder of the firm, has been selected as one of two honorees for the U.S. Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices – Plaintiff.  The Hall of Fame recognizes lawyers who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence, and highlights the attorneys who are at the pinnacle of their profession.

Michael Burg has the distinction of being appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, 2014, by the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Colorado Attorney General, and the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. He was also a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Zyprexa Multidistrict Litigation – The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York. Mr. Burg served on the State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation – The Honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana, and was appointed as the Plaintiffs’ Co-lead Counsel, Ortho Evra Products Multidistrict Litigation – The Honorable David A. Katz, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Burg also served as the Co-Lead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin Multidistrict Litigation – The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

Shareholder Seth A. Katz, the leader of Burg Simpson’s Mass Tort group, has also been recognized by the U.S Legal 500 as one of five Leading Lawyers for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices – Plaintiff.

Seth Katz continues to act as an appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and the Co-Chair of the Discovery Committee in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) MDL.  In 2018, Mr. Katz served as lead trial counsel for one of the five bellwether cases tried against AbbVie, and continued as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Proton Pump Inhibitor MDL.

Additionally, Mr. Katz was the Co-Lead Counsel for the Pradaxa® MDL litigation, and served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the DePuy ASR® Hip Replacement MDL litigation. He was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the ReNu with MoistureLoc® New York State Supreme Court Consolidated litigation, and served as the Chair of the Discovery Committee for the Yasmin®/Yaz® Birth Control MDL litigation. Mr. Katz was designated as  the Co-Chair of the Discovery Committee for the Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents MDL litigation, and served as the Chair of the Ortho Evra® Birth Control Patch MDL Discovery Committee Seth Katz was also the Chair of the Discovery Committee for the Zyprexa® MDL litigation.

Congratulations to Michael Burg and Seth Katz for their recognition by the 2019 edition of U.S. Legal 500 for Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices – Plaintiff. These accolades recognize the sustained excellence of Mr. Burg and Mr. Katz, and positions them as leaders in their fields.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has a reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation and whistleblowers, construction defects, workers’ compensation, and product liability, including more than 100 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

The firm was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg, an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. Mr. Burg has been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Barrister’s Best as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by The U.S. Legal 500. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has 60 + lawyers, and offices in 7 cities across the U.S.

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