Top Trial Lawyer Talks About How Lawyers Keep Us Safe

Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame member Mike Burg explains the role of lawyers as corporate watchdogs and protectors of consumers rights, reports

Mike Burg, a leading consumer protection trial attorney, discusses the role lawyers play in keeping consumers safe and holding corporations accountable in a new video on, a website that helps people with every day legal issues. The videos on the site have attracted more than 50,000 views.

"Every day I hear lawyer jokes," Mike says. "I hear that lawyers are parasites who live off of people's problems. However, those problems are created by other people and often by corporations. The lawyers are there to help you with your problem."

Mike continues, "Big corporations don't police themselves. Congress does a lousy job of supporting their constituents as big corporations and their lobbyists continuously assert their financial muscle. Regulatory agencies are underfunded and overwhelmed. This has left lawyers to stand up for consumers rights."

Mike cites the landmark Ford Pinto case in which the rear-mounted gas tank was prone to exploding when the Pinto was hit from behind as an example of lawyers changing people's lives.

"Lawyers brought the Ford Pinto defect to the public's attention by bringing lawsuits of victims who were burned or killed," Mike says. "Ford could have corrected the problem for a few dollars per vehicle, but they made an economic decision that it was cheaper to pay the victims than to fix the cars. That's the way corporations sometimes work. It's up to the lawyer to go after those corporations, to make sure the products they produce for you and your families are safe."

The list of dangerously defective products in the news grows daily. There are cars that accelerate when they aren't supposed to, air bags that explode, e-cigarettes that burn people, and mini blinds that strangle toddlers. The companies that make and market these unsafe products need to be held responsible, and Top Trial Lawyer Mike Burg has spent his entire career doing just that.

Mike recently published an editorial on The Hill entitled "Lawyers: The Unelected Legislators of Our Rights" that highlights how lawyers keep you safe and the ways in which they are now the last line of defense for the average person seeking justice in a world where corporate bullies run roughshod over Congress.

Established in 1977 by founding shareholder Mike Burg, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is one of the country's leading plaintiff trial firms. Burg Simpson's fifty-plus award-winning lawyers are passionately committed to protecting the legal rights of injured individuals seriously harmed as a result of the negligence of others. Over the past 40 years, the firm has represented more than 10,000 clients and secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements and judgments on behalf of its clients, including more than 100 individual recoveries in excess of $1 million. To learn more visit

About Mike Burg:

Since being admitted to the practice of law in 1976, Mike Burg has enjoyed a highly successful career that clearly places him at the pinnacle of the legal profession. He is the recipient of numerous legal awards, including the Clarence Darrow Award, the American Association for Justice Heavy Lifting Award, and the Weidemann Wysocki Award.

In 2016, he was named the Denver Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, he was named one of the Top 50 Trial Attorneys in America by the Legal 500 from 2012 through 2015, and he was named Lawyer of the Year in Products Liability by Best Lawyers in America in 2015.

In 2013, Mike was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions Plaintiffs. Additionally, Law Week Colorado named Mike the Lawyer of the Decade from 2000-2010. He is Past President of the National Trial Lawyers (2010).

Mike has been appointed to numerous leadership positions by Federal Judges around the country in a variety of high-profile Multi District Litigations.

Mike was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame in April 2016.

In addition, Mike has authored a new book, Trial by Fire: One Man's Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, which is available at and book sellers everywhere. The book chronicles Mike's life and career, taking the reader on a journey through the highs and lows of being a trial attorney, as well as highlighting some of Mikes most interesting and challenging cases.

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