Michael S. Burg

Michael S. Burg: Attorney with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Biography

Michael Burg J.D. 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 began his career fighting for the underdog and has gone on to successfully litigate some of the country’s most high-profile cases of the past four decades. Under Burg’s leadership, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine has expanded to more than 60 attorneys across five cities. A national leader in mass tort and class action litigation, the firm has won more than $1 billion in verdicts, judgments and settlements on behalf of its clients.

During his 40-year career, Burg has been a vigilant consumer watchdog, representing thousands of individuals and helping their families overcome catastrophic injuries and immense hardship. He’s taken on big pharma in multiple, dangerous drug mass tort cases including Fen-Phen, Yaz/Yasmin, Ortho Evra, and Pradaxa. Burg stood up to corporate greed fighting against UBS for knowingly selling risky mortgages to investors, creating the blueprint for many similar actions by states, municipalities, government regulators and other aggrieved investors. More recently, Burg filed a sweeping action against 28 California wineries to stop them from selling toxic wine contaminated with arsenic and he’s representing the victims of a fraudulent scheme to illegally sell human body parts of their loved one’s bodies that were supposed to be donated for scientific and medical education and research.

Burg is a member of the Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska bars and is an inductee into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes his lifelong dedication to representing clients at the highest level. He was named Barrister’s Best “Best Civil Litigator” of 2016, has been named to “America’s 50 Leading Lawyers” for the past six years, and is a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award.

Burg is the author of the best-selling book, Trial by Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, (BenBella Books 2016), a harrowing and moving account of his lifelong battle against corporate greed and corruption played out in high-stakes courtroom drama.

Burg was admitted to the practice of law in 1976 after receiving a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Denver. He’s an Advocate and Life fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Sustaining fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute and serves on the board of Denver’s Mizel Museum.

An active and committed member of his community, Burg is a noted supporter of Toys for Tots, Make A Wish Colorado, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network.

Court Appointments

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.

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Zyprexa Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York

State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

Plaintiffs’ Co-lead Counsel, Ortho Evra Products Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable David A. Katz, United States District Judge, Northern District of Ohio

Co-Lead Counsel, Yaz/Yasmin Multidistrict Litigation - The Honorable David Herndon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois

Lectures & Seminars

Building a Successful Mass Tort Project: Identifying the Opportunities; October, 2016

Never Give Up!: Top Ten Lessons from Our Eight-Year Battles in the CDO Litigation about the Collapse of the U.S. Economy, January, 2016

Punitive Damages: What You Should Know to Prepare Your Next Case and to Maximize Your Damages by Including a Punitive Damages Claim; June, 2015

Protection of California Wine Consumers: Arsenic is Poison; June, 2015

Advertising: Necessity? Dangerous? Out of Control?; May, 2015

Mass Torts & Class Actions 101; May, 2015

Arsenic Levels in Popular, Low-Cost California Wines; April, 2015

The Importance of the Judge and Jurisdiction to Your Case and Common Benefit Percentages; April, 2015

Mental Pain and Anguish in Injury Cases; January, 2015

If You Build It... They Will Come: How We Have Succeeded and Thrived; January, 2015

Morcellator Litigation Primer; October, 2014

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 7-9, 2010

The Plaintiff Practice Goes Green; Maximizing the Value of Your Cases and Your Practice; Napa, California; September 19-20, 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

Florida Justice Association: 2008 Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, Florida; February, 2008

Moderator: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know; Denver, Colorado; June, 2008

How and Why Economic Damages Drive a Case; September, 2008

Proof and Argument of Damages: Wrongful Death Cases; September, 2008

Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients; Denver, Colorado; March, 2007

Pharmaceutical & Human Tissue Litigation Conference; Charleston, South Carolina; June, 2006

Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: Practice Tips and Application; October, 2006

Faculty: Emerging Drugs Conference; Chicago, Illinois; October, 2006

Trying the Pharmaceutical Case; Pharmaceutical Litigation 101; New Orleans, Louisiana; June, 2005

Practical Aspects of Being a Trial Lawyer; Sturm College of Law; February, 2005

Faculty Member: Trends and Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical Litigation; Las Vegas, Nevada; September, 2005

Pharmaceutical Torts Cases in Colorado: Ethical Consideration for Practitioners; Denver, Colorado; November, 2005

Drug Litigation Conferences; Zyprexa Litigation; November, 2004

Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics in Colorado; 2002

Successfully Presenting the Complex Case to a Colorado Jury; 2001

Publications & Media

Publications / Books

Trial by Fire: One Man's Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, Mike Burg, 2016.

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, Co-Author - Chapter 29, Damages: Punitive Damages. February, 2015.

Media

10/16/2018: Michael Burg was featured on 9 News with Kyle Clark and discussed the need for more legislation to regulate the body broker industry.

12/20/2017: Sirius XM “The Morning Briefing” feature in which Michael Burg discusses repeal of net neutrality.

12/27/2017: KOA Radio Denver interviews Michael Burg on the topics of the Equifax Breach and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-arbitration rule.

12/17/2017: Michael Burg discusses the repeal of net neutrality on CNN “New Day Weekend”

12/13/2017: Michael Burg provides insight into the issue of net neutrality as a HuffPost contributor.

11/28/2017: Michael Burg sounds off on Mick Mulvaney in a HuffPost article.

11/17/2017: Michael Burg authors an article for The HuffPost about Roy Moore.

10/30/2017: Michael Burg discusses the Equifax breach and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-arbitration rule with Law Week Colorado.

10/29/2017: ABC 7 Denver interviews Michael Burg on the topic of the Equifax breach and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-arbitration rule.

9/26/2017: Digital news outlet, Reuters TV, discusses the Equifax breach as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-arbitration rule with Burg Simpson founder Michael Burg.

9/23/2017: Michael Burg discusses the Equifax Breach + Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s anti-arbitration rule on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”.

8/14/17: Michael Burg provides an op-ed piece to STAT News on the Supreme Court ruling in the Bristol Myers-Squibb case.

6/5/2017: Michael Burg takes a closer look at Trump’s FDA Commissioner nominee Scott Gottlieb in an article in the MedCity News.

5/10/2017: As Scott Gottlieb prepares to take the reins at the FDA, Michael Burg provides some insights in a Law360 article.

4/28/2017: Michael Burg's Letter to the Editor is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

4/7/2017: BBC Radio's Up All Night features a phone interview with Mike Burg as they discuss President Trump's selection of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

4/4/2017: In an interview on the P.O.T.U.S (Politics of the United States) channel on the Sirius XM Radio network, Michael Burg discusses Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and a potential Democratic filibuster.

3/20/2017: Michael Burg contributes an Op-Ed submission featured in U.S. News & World Report, weighing in on Neil Gorsuch and his critics.

2/7/2017: Business Insider provides an in-depth look at the effects of Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination on the business community. The article features an interview with Michael Burg.

2/1/2017: Internet TV station, Cheddar, interviews Michael Burg (1:31:40) as they discuss Washington's reaction to Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination.

1/31/2017: The Denver Post interviewed several prominant attorneys and politicians after the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, including Michael Burg.

1/31/2017: CBS News 4 showcases potential Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. Michael Burg is interviewed.

4/28/2016: Michael Burg is featured on CBS4 Denver for his induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

4/28/2016: Michael Burg is featured on 850KOA for his induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

4/19/2016: Michael Burg is featured in the Denver Post for his induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

2/29/16: Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins talks with Michael Burg about taxes and the government's resistance to upgrade America's infrastructure.

2/18/16: Michael Burg talks with Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins about the nationwide problem of contaminated water. Despite a ban on lead pipes, nothing has been done to replace those pipes in many communities across the country.

2/1/16: Michael Burg talks with Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins about the regulations that are good for business, the public, and our families.

1/11/2016: Michael S. Burg talks with Farron Cousins about what to expect from the Republicans in 2016, on Ring of Fire.

12/17/2015: Michael Burg talks with Farron Cousins about big pharma's new ripoff.

10/5/2015: Through predatory lending and investing, Wall Street banks are now effectively driving some cities into bankruptcy. Michael Burg explains on this episode of Ring of Fire what is happening with variable rate demand bonds in many municipalities.

9/28/2015: Michael Burg will tell us how, and why, the Republican Party is holding President Obama’s judicial nominees hostage, on this episode of Ring of Fire.

9/21/2015: AT&T has been helping the U.S. spy on its own citizens, and Michael Burg explains, on Ring of Fire, how the telecom giant became the U.S. government’s number one data miner.

7/10/2015: Michael Burg joins host Mike Papantonio on Ring of Fire as they discuss the disparity between wages that CEOs earn and what the common worker earns.

3/26/2015: The Big Picture TV show interviews Michael Burg about the arsenic found in certain wines, and the implications for consumer health, truth in labeling, and ethical considerations.

3/25/2015: Michael Burg discusses the recent findings of dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic in certain low cost wines, on Ring of Fire.

3/19/2015: On March 19, 2015, Burg Simpson filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court alleging that certain California wineries are violating state law by knowingly producing, marketing and selling arsenic contaminated wine, and failing to warn consumers about the potential danger. Michael Burg, along with shareholder David TeSelle, represent Burg Simpson at the press conference announcing this lawsuit.

12/7/14: Michael Burg speaks with Mike Papantonio on Ring of Fire TV about big box stores such as Walmart and the war over fair wages.

7/27/14: Michael Burg and Ring of Fire guest host, Farron Cousins, discuss the multi-billion dollar Citigroup settlement after the Obama administration began investigating potential criminal activities from banks.

6/26/14: In a Ring of Fire interview, Michael Burg explains why the Department of Justice continues to fail to protect consumers from financial fraud.

6/2/14: Corporate America turns their profit, but burns the average citizen on taxes. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Michael Burg explain.

4/8/14: Ring of Fire guest host Farron Cousins and Michael Burg discuss fraud within the largest mortgage servicing company in the country.

4/4/14: Michael Burg discusses the motives behind voter suppression 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 Burg discusses on Ring of Fire.

10/10/13: Michael Burg was recently presented with the Clarence Darrow Award at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Watch his acceptance speech.

9/26/13: America is starting to resemble a banana republic. Michael Burg speaks with Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio about this issue.

9/17/13: Michael Burg speaks on Ring of Fire about the de-evolution of the GOP.

8/27/13: Michael Burgl speaks with Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio and attorney Howard Nations about how labor unions could have prevented worker deaths and other atrocities around the world.

8/19/13: The Republican Party is suffering from a severe identity crisis, but rather than trying to solve their problems, they’ve decided to attack members of their own party. Ring of Fire guest host, Farron Cousins, talks about the GOP's circular firing squad with attorney Mike Burg.

8/11/13: Wall Street is raking in billions by manipulating the commodities market, and Michael Burg shares the details about this scam on Ring of Fire Radio.

6/28/13: The effects of corporate money are just as apparent in the judiciary as they are in the other branches of our government. Ring of Fire guest host Farron Cousins discusses this with attorney Michael Burg.

6/10/13: The drug industry has evolved into one of the most corrupt and dishonest industries in America. Michael Burg speaks on the Ring of Fire Radio show.

5/16/13: Michael Burg speaks with Mike Papantonio and Joe Cotchett about what corporate money is doing to academic research.

5/08/13: Billionaire Koch Brothers are trying to buy media outlets across the country. Michael Burg discusses the dangers with Mike Papantonio and Howard Nations.

4/24/13: Ed Schultz Show: Michael Burg discusses the dangerous gambling on Wall Street that’s putting the public’s money at risk.

4/21/13: Michael Burg discusses the threat that derivatives and other Wall Street “garbage” poses to our savings accounts.

4/10/13: People don’t understand how important unions are to this country. Watch Michael Burg on the Ring of Fire TV show.

4/2/13: Watch Michael Burg with Mike Papantonio discuss how big pharma is ripping off the Federal Government.

3/25/13: Michael Burg speaks with Mike Papantonio about immunity afforded to the makers of generic pharmaceutical drugs and the role of the FDA.

3/25/13: Michael Burg was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal securities fraud article.

3/12/13: Ed Schultz Show: Guest host Mike Papantonio and Michael Burg discuss the Justice Department's failure to act when it comes imprisoning those to blame for the economic crisis.

2/24/13: Ring of Fire TV show - Michael Burg speaks about defense contractors stealing billions of dollars from the federal government.

Honors & Accolades

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2018,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Denver

Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best - People’s Choice, Best Class Action/Mass Tort Lawyer, Plaintiffs, 2018

2016 Barrister's Best Best Civil Litigator

Inducted to the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2016

Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado, 2015

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2016,” Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Denver

America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Recommended Attorney, Mass Tort, The U.S. Legal 500, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Lawyer of the Decade, Law Week Colorado, 2000-2010

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2013,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Denver

Barrister’s Best People’s Choice, Best Civil Litigator, Law Week Colorado, 2015

Clarence Darrow Award, 2013

Outstanding Alumni Award, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2013

Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys (National), the National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Attorney (Colorado), the National Trial Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - 2019

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2019 and Top 100 Super Lawyers 2014

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015-2016

Wiedemann and Wysocki Award, American Association for Justice, 2014

Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, United States - Plaintiffs, Mass Tort/Product Liability, 2013

Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, Colorado - Plaintiffs, 2012 and 2013

Denver Business Journal Power Book, 2011, 2013

President, the National Trial Lawyers, 2010

“Best of the U.S.” 2006 - 2011

Barrister’s Best Overall Litigator, Law Week Colorado, 2010

Barrister’s Best, Personal Injury, Law Week Colorado, 2009 - 2011

Barrister’s Best, Mass Tort Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2011 and 2012

Colorado Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado, 2008

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Heavy Lifting Award, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2011

Community Involvement

Craig Hospital

Ali Meyer Foundation

Kaps for Kendall

Toys for Tots

Make A Wish

Denver Bar Association Community Action Network

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Mizel Museum

Sungate Kids

Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor: The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1995 to present

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Dangerous Drugs, Medical Devices, Defective Products and Diseases
  • Natural Gas Explosions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Securities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Denver, B.A., 1972
Law School Attended:
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1975
Year of First Admission:
1976
Admission:
1976, Colorado; 1976, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 2015, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; 1996, Nebraska; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit; 2014, Arizona; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

The Melvin M. Belli Society

The National Trial Lawyers (NTL)

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Presidents Club, American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Advocate and Life fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Executive Committee, The National Trial Lawyers, 2009

Other Appointments and Accomplishments

Sustaining fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute

Board Member, Mizel Museum

Sponsor, Study Hall at The University of Denver

Sponsor, Moot Court Trial Room at The University of Wyoming

Reported Cases:
Notable Recoveries & Verdicts: $6.4 Million verdict, Gas Explosion; $6.0 Million verdict plus interest, Gas Explosion; $5.6 Million verdict, Product Defect; $5.3 Million verdict including interest, Insurance Bad Faith; $4.6 Million verdict, Insurance Bad Faith; $2.4 Million verdict, Contract Dispute; $2.1 Million verdict including punitive damages, Lender Liability; $1.2 Million verdict, Construction Defect; $1.2 Million verdict with interest, Business Dispute; $1.15 Million verdict, Contract Dispute
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    Peer Reviews

    • 4.8/5.0 (1 review)
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
    • Legal Knowledge

      4.9/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      4.9/5.0
    • Judgment

      4.6/5.0
    • Communication

      4.6/5.0
    • Legal Experience

      5.0/5.0
    • 3.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 04/18/14 in Litigation

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