James G. Heckbert

James G. Heckbert: Attorney with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Biography

James G. Heckbert focuses his practice on claims involving personal injury and wrongful death, ski injuries, auto and truck collisions, construction site negligence, medical malpractice, gas explosions and defective products.

In a distinguished career spanning four decades, Mr. Heckbert has secured eight jury verdicts in excess of $1 million. He has obtained numerous other settlements and judgments for amounts also exceeding $1 million.

Mr. Heckbert is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a select group of trial lawyers with multiple million-dollar verdicts and has also been voted a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in Colorado by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Due to the high profile nature of his practice, Mr. Heckbert’s cases have been the subject of two segments on the CBS television show 60 Minutes, while two others were the subjects of segments on ABC’s 20 20, and NBC’s Dateline television news magazines. Mr. Heckbert is named to both Colorado Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

A native of Wooster, Ohio, Mr. Heckbert graduated first in his class from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio in 1974.

Honors & Accolades

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2018,” Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Western Colorado

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers, 2013-2016

Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2014 and 2017, and 2018

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Community Involvement

Routt County Search & Rescue, former President and Board Member

Steamboat Arts Council, former Board Member

Historic Routt County, former Board Member

Publications & Media

Denver Post article commentary, Court decisions could test resort liability, Colorado Ski Safety Act

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Personal Injury
  • Ski Liability
  • Defective Products
  • Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices
  • Gas Explosions / Propane Explosions
  • Medical Malpractice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
303.792.5595  Phone
www.burgsimpson.com
Law School Attended:
Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, J.D., With High Distinction, 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974
Admission:
1998, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit; 1974, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit; 1974, Arizona; 2006, Colorado; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

The National Trial Lawyers

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Birth Information:
Wooster, Ohio, June 4, 1948
Reported Cases:
Notable Recoveries & Verdicts: Significant Verdicts as a Lead Attorney: $6.5 million verdict for a 10-year-old victim of pediatric medical malpractice. This case was the subject of a segment on NBC's Dateline television program.; $4.9 million verdict for the victims of a natural gas explosion.; $3.675 million verdict for a motorcyclist injured due to a defective Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This case was the subject of a segment on CBS's 60 Minutes television program.; $3.59 million verdict for a policeman mistakenly shot by a fellow policeman. This case was the subject of a segment on CBS's 60 Minutes television program.; $3.1 million verdict for a motorist injured as a result of state's failure to fence elk from the highway.; $3 million verdict for a motorist struck by semi-truck.; $2.6 million verdict for three family members struck by a semi-truck.; $2.4 million verdict for injuries received in a bicycle collision.; $2 million verdict for a patient injured as a result of surgical medical malpractice.; $1.2 million verdict for a child injured when semi-truck struck the auto in which the child was riding.; $885, 000 verdict for failure to timely diagnose lung cancer.; $675, 000 verdict for a victim of a defective artificial knee prosthesis.; Significant Settlements: $6.4 million settlement for an infant in pediatric medical malpractice case.; $4.3 million settlement for a patient in anesthesia medical malpractice case.; $2.9 million settlement for an infant in obstetrical medical malpractice case.; $2.8 million settlement for a patient in medical malpractice case.; $2.5 million settlement in truck collision death case.; $1.8 million settlement for two victims of a natural gas explosion.; $1.5 million settlement for injuries in construction site case.; $1.4 million settlement for a worker injured by exploding adhesive vapors.; $1.3 million settlement for a patient of anesthesia medical malpractice case.; Undisclosed settlement for victims of beryllium lung disease. This case was the subject of a segment of ABC's 20/20 television program.
ISLN:
906588848
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