Firm Profile > Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. > Denver, United States

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
DENVER, CO 80112
United States

Product liability, mass tort and class actions - plaintiff Tier 2

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.

Established in 1977 by founding shareholder Michael S Burg, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is one of the country’s leading plaintiff trial firms. The firm’s 60-plus lawyers are passionately committed to protecting the legal rights of injured individuals. The firm has an extraordinary track record, having successfully represented tens of thousands of clients over the last 40 years. In the process, the firm has secured more than $1bn in verdicts, settlements and judgments on behalf of its clients, including more than 100 individual recoveries in excess of $1m.

As prominent members of the local community, Burg Simpson attorneys play important roles inside and outside the courtroom. The firm supports a variety of charities and non-profit organizations, and is committed to its mission to be ‘Good Lawyers, Changing Lives®’.

Former senator for Wyoming Alan K Simpson (the Simpson in Burg Simpson) is prominent in the national media. In 2010, Senator Simpson was appointed by President Obama to serve as the co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.

Main areas of practice: Mass tort litigation: Burg Simpson is one of the largest law firms handling complex pharmaceutical mass tort and class action litigation in the US. Michael S Burg, former president of the National Trial Lawyers, leads the team. Federal judges have selected Michael and his team to lead numerous high-profile litigations. He is currently co-lead counsel in the Yaz/Yasmin birth control litigation, where he represents thousands of women injured by the oral birth control pill. To date, Bayer has paid almost $2bn in settlements to injured women. Michael has assumed leadership positions in other multi-district litigations involving Ortho Evra, Zyprexa and Vioxx.

Shareholder Peter W Burg was appointed co-lead counsel in the Gadolinium-based contrast agents MDL. Shareholder Seth A Katz was appointed co-lead counsel in the Pradaxa MDL and is also a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) MDL. Additionally, in 2015, Mr Katz was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Negotiating Committee in the Yaz/Yasmin MDL and helped negotiate a global settlement of $56.9m for Yaz-related ATE cases with Bayer. Janet G Abaray is also a prominent member of the mass tort team, handling Depakote claims.

Personal injury: few firms can match Burg Simpson’s ability to try catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. Michael S Burg leads the personal injury department with Holly B Kammerer and Peter W Burg. Stephen J Burg is also a prominent member of the team. The personal injury team has won numerous verdicts in excess of $1m, including a recently obtained $3.25m jury verdict in a case led by Peter W Burg.

Medical malpractice: Burg Simpson has developed a national reputation for its medical malpractice team, which handles all types of cases, including a wide variety of birth trauma cases such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and Kernicterus. The team is led by Scott J Eldredge, who frequently lectures across the country including grand rounds at hospitals about medical malpractice law.

Commercial litigation: the firm represents Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized corporations and family-owned businesses, as well as individuals in complex commercial litigation. Burg Simpson’s commercial practice group is headed by Michael S Burg, David P Hersh and David K TeSelle. Burg Simpson took on Wall Street after the 2008 economic collapse and was instrumental in holding them accountable for their wrongful conduct.

Construction defect litigation: Burg Simpson is a recognized leader in the area of construction defect litigation, representing individual homeowners and homeowner associations. Under the leadership of David P Hersh and David K TeSelle, the construction defect team holds builders accountable to make sure that homeowners do not live in defective homes. In 2015, the construction defect team received the largest jury verdict in the state of Colorado.

Department Name Email Telephone
Personal injury Michael Burg
Personal injury Holly Kammerer
Personal injury Peter Burg
Personal injury Stephen Burg
Wrongful death Michael Burg
Wrongful death Holly Kammerer
Medical malpractice Scott Eldredge
Pharmaceutical litigation Michael Burg
Pharmaceutical litigation Peter Burg
Pharmaceutical litigation Kerry Jardine
Pharmaceutical litigation Seth Katz
Pharmaceutical litigation Janet Abaray
Product liability Michael Burg
Product liability Jim Heckbert
Product liability Holly Kammerer
Premises liability Holly Kammerer
Legal and professional malpractice Michael Burg
Legal and professional malpractice David Hersh
Workers compensation Nick Fogel
Workers compensation John Connell
Class actions Michael Burg
Class actions Seth Katz
Mass torts Michael Burg
Mass torts Peter Burg
Mass torts Kerry Jardine
Mass torts Seth Katz
Mass torts Janet Abaray
Commercial litigation David Hersh
Commercial litigation David TeSelle
Commercial litigation Michael Burg
Securities Michael Burg
Securities David Hersh
Securities David TeSelle
Appeals David Hersh
Appeals David TeSelle
Explosions and fires Michael Burg
Explosions and fires Kerry Jardine
Traumatic brain and spinal injuries Peter Burg
Traumatic brain and spinal injuries David Hersh
Traumatic brain and spinal injuries Holly Kammerer
Traumatic brain and spinal injuries Stephen Burg
Ski accidents Jim Heckbert
Insurance bad faith Peter Burg
Insurance bad faith David Hersh
Construction defects David Hersh
Construction defects David TeSelle
Construction defects Craig Nuss
Construction defects Mari Perczak
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Burg  photo Mr Michael Burg
Mr Peter Burg  photo Mr Peter Burg
Mr Stephen Burg  photo Mr Stephen Burg
Mr John Connell  photo Mr John Connell
Mr Scott Eldredge  photo Mr Scott Eldredge
Mr Nick Fogel  photo Mr Nick Fogel
Mr Steven Greenlee  photo Mr Steven Greenlee
Mr James Heckbert  photo Mr James Heckbert
Mr David Hersh  photo Mr David Hersh
Mr Kerry Jardine  photo Mr Kerry Jardine
Ms Holly Kammerer  photo Ms Holly Kammerer
Mr Seth Katz  photo Mr Seth Katz
Mr Brian Matise  photo Mr Brian Matise
Mr Craig Nuss  photo Mr Craig Nuss
Ms Mari Perczak  photo Ms Mari Perczak
Ms Jessica Prochaska  photo Ms Jessica Prochaska
Ms Meghan Quinlivan  photo Ms Meghan Quinlivan
Mr David TeSelle  photo Mr David TeSelle
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 58
Total Staff : 140
Founding Shareholder : Michael S Burg
Senior Shareholder : Peter W Burg
Managing Shareholder : Kerry N Jardine
Number of Shareholders : 21