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Michael Burg

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Michael S. Burg founded Burg Simpson in 1977. He is the founder and a shareholder for the Denver office of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Mr. Burg’s practice areas include personal injury, catastrophic injuries, natural gas explosions, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, legal malpractice, securities, and dangerous drugs, medical devices, defective products and diseases.


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.


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


J.D., 1975, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law; B.A., 1972, The University of Denver


Craig Hospital; Ali Meyer Foundation; Kaps for Kendall; Toys for Tots; Habitat for Humanity; Denver Bar Association; Community Action Network; Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Mizel Museum; Rocky Mountain Human Services

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Michael Burg - Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions - plaintiff

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. has vast experience representing plaintiffs in nationwide product liability litigation related to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and is also recognized for its mass tort and MDL expertise. In recent highlights, Janet Abaray acted as lead counsel in the mass action involving claims that the medication Depakote caused birth defects when taken during pregnancy, and Seth Katz is acting for the plaintiffs’ executive committee in several testosterone replacement therapy lawsuits filed against AbbVie and Auxilium. In other work, Peter Burg is representing the plaintiffs in the Wright Medical MDL alleging that the Conserve hip implant increases the risk of hip failure, while practice head Michael Burg is representing plaintiffs injured in the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion caused by excessive pressure in worn natural gas lines. Kerry Jardine and Meghan Quinlivan are other key members of the Denver-based firm.

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