March 2022 Firm Wide E-News
Michael Burg to Receive Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award!
We are pleased to announce that Michael S. Burg is this year’s recipient of the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
With this award, the CTLA recognizes an attorney member whose longstanding career has exemplified the skills, ethics, and dedication embodied in the CTLA’s “ongoing effort to preserve and improve the American system of jurisprudence.”
Since 1976, Michael Burg, our firm’s founding shareholder, has spent his legal career championing the rights of the underdog, fighting for consumers, and epitomizing the mission of Burg Simpson, which is to be “Good Lawyers. Changing Lives.” Mr. Burg is admired for his integrity and respected for his dedication to justice, and we are pleased to congratulate him as the recipient of this outstanding, and well-deserved honor.
Read more about Michael Burg in Law Week Colorado here.
Michael S. Burg is one of America’s leading trial lawyers, a best-selling author, legal expert, and founding shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. A legal champion for victims of corporate and individual malfeasance, negligence, overreach, and abuse, Burg has gone on to successfully litigate some of the country’s most high-profile cases of the past four decades. Under his leadership, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has expanded to more than 70 attorneys across seven states. A national leader in mass tort and class action litigation, the firm has won more than $2.7 billion in verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of its clients.
Court of Appeals Reinstates $58.5 Million Judgment Against Body Brokers
Burg Simpson’s clients won again when the Arizona Court of Appeals reinstated the full $58.5 million judgment against the former owner of Biological Resource Center (BRC) for selling donated bodies for profit on the black market. The Court of Appeals ruled that the Trial Court had erred in reducing the jury’s $50 million punitive damages award.
After the jury trial, the Trial Court ruled that the punitive damages award was constitutionally excessive and reduced it to $8.5 million (for a total of $17 million in damages). The Burg Simpson trial team then filed an appeal on behalf of the Donor Families and the Court ruled in their favor, finding the Trial Court did not have the jurisdiction to reduce the award and ordered the Trial Court to reinstate the original judgment of $58.5 million.
The $58.5 million jury award was one of the largest civil jury trial awards in Arizona history. Burg Simpson’s trial team included Michael S. Burg, David K. TeSelle, Holly B. Kammerer, and Paul D. Friedman.
Thomas Henderson Elected Secretary of CBA’s Insurance Committee
Burg Simpson is pleased to announce that Shareholder Thomas W. Henderson has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Insurance Committee of the Colorado Bar Association.
The aim of the CBA’s Insurance Committee is the promotion and advancement of the insurance legal profession in Colorado. The committee is open to any attorney who practices Insurance Law in Colorado. The Insurance Committee strives to bring together attorneys who represent insurers and policyholders as well as those who are further engaged in matters involving Colorado Insurance Law. The Committee seeks to promote professionalism, education, camaraderie, and the advancement of insurance law.
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. He has spent the past 12+ years of his practice exclusively representing business insurance policyholders pursuing claims for insurance benefits owed by the insurance industry.
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