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Trial By Fire

By Mike Burg


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A Clarence Darrow Award–winning trial lawyer recounts his long career fighting big business bullies— “His corporate smackdowns are the stuff of legend” (Mark Geragos, CNN legal correspondent).

Bullied as a Jewish kid in the hardscrabble neighborhoods of Chicago, Mike Burg learned to fight at an early age. As an attorney, he brought that same fire—and innate sympathy for the underdog—into the courtroom to become one of America’s top trial lawyers fighting for consumers’ rights.

Burg has represented everyone from the cast of The Little Rascals to Ralph Tamm in the first NFL steroids case, and in Trial by Fire, Burg recounts some of his most thrilling and significant cases. Taking on a negligent gas company, he won financial settlements for victims as well as changes to a city’s pipelines that saved thousands of lives. He led hundreds of individuals against companies shilling drugs such as Fen-Phen, Yaz, Zyprexa, and Pradaxa. And he fought an eight-year battle against UBS for knowingly selling risky mortgages to investors.

Burg also describes some of his most fascinating stories from outside the courtroom, including the time he performed stand-up comedy alongside Roseanne Barr, went golfing with Michael Jordan, and attended President George W. Bush’s inauguration as H. W.’s guest. His incredible journey—complete with theatrics, excitement, humor, and maybe just a hint of craziness—will make you laugh, leave you in disbelief, and, most of all, inspire you.

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About the Author

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 an outstanding trial attorney who has dedicated his life to fighting for the underdog, and to protecting the rights of Americans to a trial by jury. Mike 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. He was also named one of the Top 50 Trial Attorneys in America by the Legal 500 from 2012 through 2015, and was named Lawyer of the Year in Products Liability by Best Lawyers in America in 2015. 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, including being co-lead attorney in the Ortho Evra and Yaz/Yasmin litigations, which resulted in settlements of over $3 Billion dollars. He continues to actively practice law in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and commercial litigation and has won numerous verdicts for his clients, over twenty of which have been in excess of $1M.

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