Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC
Mr. Burg focuses his practice on large, complex litigation, commercial cases, professional malpractice, catastrophic injuries, and mass tort litigation.
Mr. Burg has tried over 150 jury trials. As lead counsel, he has successfully obtained seven jury verdicts in excess of $1 million, including two verdicts in excess of $5 million, and one verdict in excess of $4.5 million. Mr. Burg’s clients have received successful settlements in excess of $50 million.
Mr. Burg has been actively involved in a number of mass tort actions, including Phen-Fen, Rezulin, PPA, and Propulsid. Mr. Burg was appointed by the Honorable Jack Weinstein, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York, to serve as a member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the Zyprexa Multi-District Litigation. Mr. Burg was appointed by the honorable Eldon Fallon, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana, to serve as a member of the State Liaison Committee for the Vioxx Multi-District Litigation. Mr. Burg was more recently appointed Plaintiffs’ Co-lead Counsel by the Honorable David A. Katz of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in the Ortho Evra Products Liability Multi-District Litigation.
Mr. Burg is a frequent lecturer in the Denver community on a variety of topics, including NBI seminars on Trying Complex Commercial Cases, Sports Law, Bad Faith, and Jury Selection. Mr. Burg was the Moderator of the NBI Trial Practice Seminar on “What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know” in Denver, June 2008. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver College of Law. He earned the rank of Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was awarded the title of Life Fellow by the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also a Sustaining Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute. In addition, he has served as a participating faculty member of the ABOTA Masters in Trial Program in Denver, Nashville, Des Moines and Kansas City, training practicing attorneys. Mr. Burg was most recently a speaker at the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations’ CLE on Pharmaceutical Torts Cases in Colorado.
Mr. Burg serves as a Trustee of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Craig Hospital PUSH for a Cure Committee; Craig Hospital assists with research for traumatic brain injury patients. Michael Burg has been named to the Board of Directors of the Mizel Museum by businessman and philanthropist Larry Mizel who, with his wife Carol, continue to be the museum’s major benefactors. The museum teaches awareness and respect through Jewish life and culture, immigration, art, lessons of the Holocaust, the award-winning Bridges of Understanding, workshops and internationally recognized exhibitions.
Mr. Burg has achieved the highest rating from his peers for quality of legal work, professionalism, and ethics by receiving an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Selected as a Super Lawyer for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mr. Burg has again been recognized as an exceptional attorney who has attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers represent an elite top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Colorado who are selected by peer review. Mr. Burg has also been selected as one of the Best of U.S. attorneys in 2007 and in 2008.
Michael Burg has been selected by members of the national legal community as one of the 2009 Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation; Mr. Burg was also selected in this category in 2008 and 2007. Best Lawyers publishes a book each year listing those individuals who are recognized as professionals who continue their education in an effort to stay current in their chosen profession and continue to distinguish themselves among their peers. The book is considered to be, professionally, the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Mr. Burg was chosen as a member of this distinguished group because he has displayed an exemplary commitment to his profession, his community and to his clients.
Mr. Burg has also been recognized as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers and is by invitation only. Membership includes placement of a maximum of 3,500 Fellows, who are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.
Mr. Burg was recently selected as Lawyer of the Year for 2008 by Colorado Law Week. His selection was in recognition of the entrepreneurial approach used to build a firm which enjoys a hard-won national reputation as a dynamic, aggressive trial firm.
Mr. Burg founded Burg Simpson in 1977. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1976.
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
J.D.,1975, University of Denver College of Law
B.A.,1972, University of Denver
Honors / Awards
PHI BETA KAPPA
Omicron Delta Kappa
American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws
Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
Who’s Who in American Law
Best of the U.S.
Best Lawyers in America
2008 Lawyer of the Year, Colorado Law Week