Peter Burg

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
40 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
303-792-5595
www.burgsimpson.com


Peter W. Burg J.D. is one of America’s leading trial lawyers and one of the country’s foremost legal experts handling claims for persons with traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Burg is a senior shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, a national trial firm known for fighting for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice and abuse that has secured over $1 billion in verdicts, settlements and judgments on behalf of its clients.

Over the course of his career spanning nearly four decades, Burg has successfully represented high-profile cases including significant and catastrophic injuries arising from product liability, dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, construction defects, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, and mass tort litigation.

As an expert in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury litigation, Burg has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of his clients. Burg is committed to educating the public about the consequences posed by these injuries and to helping individuals understand their legal rights. In a case filed against Hertz Corporation, Burg obtained $3.25 million in a jury award on behalf of a client who sustained serious injuries after a motor vehicle collision with a Hertz employee. Burg also recently obtained several multi-million dollar settlements in matters involving traumatic brain injuries, and settled two wrongful-death matters and obtained multi-million dollar settlements in both cases.

Burg has taken on “Big Pharma” and medical device manufacturers in multiple dangerous drug and device mass tort cases including ZyprexaVioxxGadolinium-based contrast agents (in which he served as co-lead national lawyer appointed by the federal judge overseeing the consolidated litigation) and Wright Medical Technology hip fractures and metal-on-metal claims (where he also serves as part of the State and Federal Leadership Group). His work on these cases has led to recoveries on behalf of thousands of clients who have suffered injuries, obtaining settlements that significantly improve their lives.

Peter Burg  been selected to The Best Lawyers in America peer review listing from 2008 – 2019 and Colorado Super Lawyers listing from 2006 – 2019. In 2013, and received the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Law Star Award for Outstanding Alumni.

Burg is a member of the Colorado and Arizona state bars, and he’s an Adjunct Professor of Law at his alma mater, the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and belongs to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the Faculty of Federal Advocates (FFA), and the Melvin M. Belli Society.

Burg was admitted to the practice of law in 1980 after receiving a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Denver where he is involved with numerous philanthropic and community initiatives.  Peter is actively engaged in the brain and spinal injury community. He is a former member of both the Craig Hospital Operating Board and Foundation Board having served maximum 6 year terms on both Boards. Peter is also a former Board Chair of Craig’s Operating Board, a past Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner Chair, and a long-time member of Craig’s PUSH event planning committee. Craig Hospital is a Denver-based hospital that is world-renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He also is involved with the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, the Ali Meyer Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League.

In addition, the firm is in the sixth year of its annual scholarship essay competition, offering graduating Colorado seniors the opportunity to win monetary prizes for the best essays about the importance of the jury system as the guardian of American rights and liberties. To date, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has awarded almost $50,000 in college scholarships to deserving Colorado youth while educating them about the legal system.

PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury

Product Liability

Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices

Defective Products and Diseases

Construction Law

Construction Defects

Professional Liability

Insurance Bad Faith

HONORS & ACCOLADES

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2019

Selected to The Round Table, America's 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, The Trial Lawyer Magazine

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year," Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Denver, 2014

Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, Colorado – Plaintiffs, 2013

Outstanding Alumni Award ("DU Law Stars ") - University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2013

Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

Recommended Attorney, Mass Tort - The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2008 – 2019

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers,® 2006 – 2019

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

Recipient, Edward M. Sait Prize in Government

American Bar Foundation Fellow

BAR ADMISSIONS

Colorado, 1980

Arizona, 2014

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1980

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

COURT APPOINTMENTS

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for Bextra and Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Multi-District Litigation - The Honorable Charles L. Breyer, United States District Judge, Northern District of California

Co-Chair, Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Product Liability Multi-District Litigation - The Honorable Dan A. Polster, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio

EDUCATION

J.D., The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1980

B.A., University of Michigan, 1975-1976

Pomona College, 1973-1974

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, Melvin M. Belli Society, since 2014

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Executive Committee, The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

American Association for Justice (AAJ), Chair, Gadolinium Litigation Group

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

Faculty of Federal Advocates (FFA)

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Past Chair, Craig Hospital Board of Directors

Craig Hospital Foundation and PUSH Committee

Former Member, Craig Hospital Board of Directors

Current Member, Craig Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Former Member, Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Board of Directors

Fellow Emeritus of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation

Member, Judicial Liaison Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association

Past Member, Board of Directors, Arapahoe County Bar Association

Ali Meyer Foundation

Kaps for Kendall

Toys for Tots

Habitat for Humanity

Past Member, Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Human Services

PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

2018: Short Information & Promotion Videos

       
  • Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. - Honored to Serve Our Community

The Trial Lawyer. "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" - featured interview. p.13, Summer 2017

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit. Co-Author – Chapter 13, Damages: Punitive Damages. February 2015.

Lessons on Giving as a Firm – Law Week Colorado, April 22, 2013

LECTURES & SEMINARS

"A Medical and Legal Perspective on the Standard of Care," co-presented with Jim Kelly, MD and Steve Shapiro, Esq., Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Convention, Denver Convention Center, November 2015.

"Brain Injury Litigation," presentation, the National Trial Lawyers Summit, January 2015.

Legal Issues, Timely Decision Making, and Available Options for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury – Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado 31st Annual Conference, Denver, October 16, 2014

Legal Issues, Timely Decision Making and Available Options for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury – Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Regional Conference, Breckenridge, May 16, 2014

Children and the Elderly Are Unique: Understanding How the Issues Vary When They Are Your Clients – Traumatic Brain Injury: The Science, The Medicine, The Law, August 25-27, Encore Las Vegas

Legal Issues for Brain Injury Survivors – Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Regional Conference, Grand Junction, May 4, 2013

Brain Injury Conference Presentation, Gunnison Valley Health’s Brainstrong Support Group, 2012

Update on Product Liability Law at the Annual Tort Law Update 2012 presented by CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2012

Presenting Evidence in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases at Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, 2012

Strategic Use of Demonstrative Aids and Technology in Videotape Depositions to Seize Upon Issues with Powerful Persuasion, Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar

Dealing with Difficult Clients & Imperfect Witnesses and How to Keep Them from Killing Your Case -Traumatic Brain Injury MedLegal Conference, San Diego, February 24th, 2018.

TEACHING POSITIONS

Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law