Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
40 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
A veteran of over 175 jury trials as lead counsel, Michael S. Burg has obtained thirteen verdicts in excess of $1 million. He has obtained in excess of $500 million for his clients through settlements, judgments, and verdicts.
Mr. Burg has been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers by The Legal 500, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is also acknowledged as a Leading Lawyer nationally, when it comes to representing individuals in Pharmaceutical Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation. Published for over twenty seven years, The Legal 500 series is a worldwide guide of legal services providers in over 100 countries, and widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities. Mr. Burg has also been named 2013 Denver “Lawyer of the Year For Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Burg was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1976 and founded Burg Simpson in 1977. Today, Burg Simpson comprises more than 50 attorneys with offices in four states.
On October 10, 2013, Michael S. Burg was presented with the Clarence Darrow Award at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The Darrow Award is nationally regarded as one of the most prestigious and highly coveted in the realm of trial law. Clarence Darrow, a trial lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, was renowned for moving juries and even judges to tears with his eloquence and, at the time unconventional views.
The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York Plaintiff Steering Committee for the Zyprexa MultiDistrict Litigation;
The Honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx MultiDistrict Litigation;
The Honorable David A. Katz, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio CoLead Counsel, Ortho Evra Products MultiDistrict Litigation;
The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois CoLead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin MultiDistrict Litigation.
Adjunct Professor; University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1995 to present
Life Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
Sustaining Fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute
Board Member, Mizel Museum
Sponsor, Study Hall at University of Denver
Sponsor, Moot Court Trial Room at University of Wyoming
The Melvin M. Belli Society
The National Trial Lawyers
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Arapahoe County Bar Association
Fellow Emeritus of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Member, Presidents Club (AAJ)
Member, Plaintiff Steering Committee for Zyprexa Multidistrict Litigation
Member, State Liaison Committee For Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation
Cochair, Zyprexa Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Plaintiffs’ Colead and Liaison Counsel in the Ortho Evra Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation
CoLead Counsel, Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Civic and Community Involvement
Ali Meyer Foundation
Kaps for Kendall
Toys for Tots
Habitat for Humanity
Denver Bar Association Community Action Network
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Lectures and Seminars
Referrals and Networking for the Future; January, 2014
Voir Dire: The New Goals in 2014 and How They Differ From the Old Goals; January, 2014
Roadmap of a Mass Tort: Lessons Learned and Strategies for the Future; September, 2013
How to Choose Your Next Mass Tort. September, 2013
Punitive Damages; June, 2013
Commercial Litigation Update; October, 2012
Presenting to the Defense and the Jury; June, 2012
Direct and Cross Examination of Life Care Planners; April, 2012
National Trial Lawyers Summit Flourishing in the Age of Tort Reform: A Brainstorming Session; January, 2012
Panel Member; Judicial Forum on Mass Torts; January, 2012
Defining Mental Anguish; September, 2011
Moderator Civil Court Judicial Forum: Advanced Discovery & Trial Practice; Denver, Colorado; May, 2009 and October, 2010
Trial of the Plaintiff Personal Injury Case; September, 2010
Statutes Which Affect Liability Evaluation in Personal Injury Actions; September, 2010
PI Litigator’s Summit; Las Vegas, Nevada; March 79, 2010
The Plaintiff Practice Goes Green; Maximizing the Value of Your Cases and Your Practice. Napa, California; September 1920, 2010
The Art of Negotiation. What Makes Some Lawyers Poor Negotiators and Other Lawyers Superb Negotiators. The Art, Science and Skill of Mastering Negotiation Methods in Order to Maximize the Benefit for your Clients. April, 2010
The Challenge of Proving “Physical and “Mental Pain and Suffering; February, 2010
How to Get the Big Verdict (Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Commercial); October, 2009
Snow Skiing and Other Head Injury Cases; February, 2009
The Collapse of Wall Street and What Only Trial Lawyers Can Do About It; February, 2009
If You Build It They Will Come. The Steps to Building a Successful Law Firm. Various presentations 2009 to present
4/4/14: Michael Burg discusses the motives behind voter supression in the upcoming election on the latest Ring of Fire segment.
11/04/13: Recently, President Obama weakened the rules for defense contractors, and they are now allowed to sell deadly weapons to countries that are less than friendly to the United States. Michael speaks on Ring of Fire about it.