Meet our Attorneys

Joseph F. Smith III

Special Counsel

Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence

Joe Smith is a Colorado licensed architect and attorney with over twenty years of architecture, construction law and construction defect litigation experience. Before joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Smith spent three years as a senior forensic architect at a Denver metropolitan area consulting and engineering firm where he provided forensic services to private and public clients, including:

  • Architectural, structural, civil, and property damage claims
  • Building code compliance and upgrade analysis
  • Repair and rehabilitation design
  • Construction monitoring and quality assurance
  • Existing property condition assessments
  • Design and construction claim litigation support
  • Expert witness services

Prior to that, Mr. Smith spent nearly twelve years as a construction defect attorney representing Colorado homeowners and commercial building owners.

Mr. Smith has analyzed nearly every aspect of hundreds of construction projects, including:

  • Compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations
  • Land purchase and other due diligence
  • Design
  • Building code and industry standards compliance
  • Permitting
  • Project documentation
  • Contract formation and interpretation
  • Value engineering
  • Construction means, methods, and sequencing
  • Quality control
  • Post-construction warranty and repair work

Mr. Smith has extensive experience working with and analyzing the work of:

  • Architects
  • Civil, structural, and geotechnical engineers
  • Developers
  • Contractors
  • Estimators
  • Real estate appraisers & salespersons
  • Property managers

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell 2015 & 2016

Colorado

University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1999 J.D.

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1993 B.A.

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

October, 2013 – PLRB 2013 Regional Adjusters Conference & Exposition (Eastern), Concord, North Carolina. Emerging Trends in Building Products, Codes, and Sustainability.

June, 2013 – PLRB 2013 Regional Adjusters Conference & Exposition (Western), Garden Grove, California. Emerging Trends in Building Products, Codes, and Sustainability.

May, 2013 – Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Construction Law Committee “How To” series, Denver, Colorado. Everything You Wanted to Know About Roofs and Were Afraid to Ask (And May Not Want to Know).

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

 April 25, 2017

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

In 2012, 13-year-old Taft Conlin and four of his friends made their way through the open lower gate of Prima Cornice in Vail, a ridgetop that sits above a skiable area. After several runs in this area, an avalanche swept over Conlin and two of his friends, killing him and injuring another. His family subsequently… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

 April 7, 2017

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

As the Senate wrestles with a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg dialed into BBC Radio’s “Up All Night” this this week to defend the federal appellate judge. Read more »

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

 April 6, 2017

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

As the Senate battle over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch heads toward an actual vote this week, Burg Simpson Founding Shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with SiriusXM’s Tim Farley on his POTUS morning radio show to discuss the confirmation fight. Read more »

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

 April 5, 2017

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

Burg Simpson is renewing its support of Denver’s law enforcement community with the launch of the Burg Simpson Law Firm Denver Police Officer Foundation Scholarship competition. The winner will take home a $1,500 college scholarship to pay for tuition, fees, books, meals or housing. Read more »

Device Recall - Dangerous Medical Devices Attorney – Burg Simpson

 April 24, 2017

What is a Medical Device Recall?

When a person undergoes a medical procedure involving the use of a medical device, that person trusts it’s safe and effective. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it becomes clear that a medical device is causing unexpected harm to consumers, a medical device manufacturer must take measures to address such serious problems. One such… Read more »

Fitness Tracker – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 April 20, 2017

Your Fitness Tracker Could Help Your Personal Injury Case

Fitness trackers have quickly become a fixture on the American wrist over the last two years, taking the lion’s share of the wearable gadget gift market. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and a dozen other such gizmos can track not only steps taken, but also blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality and more. Now, fitness trackers… Read more »

Vision Screenings for Safe Driving – Personal Injury Attorney Denver – Burg Simpson

 April 19, 2017

Vision Screening Test Could Keep Roads Safer

Driving is the preferred mode of transportation for most Americans over 65. Safe driving relies on the quick and accurate assessment of visual cues. But the ability to process these cues can deteriorate with age, which can make driving dangerous for both the driver as well as everyone else on the road. In a long-term… Read more »

Teen Drivers – Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 April 17, 2017

Alcohol, Speed, and Darkness — A Deadly Combo for Teen Drivers

Winter brings more than just snow and ice—it brings the darkest days of the year. Even as winter moves into early spring, less daylight can mean more accidents for Colorado drivers. When combined with alcohol and speed, the trifecta of car accident conditions make winter the most dangerous time on our roads. According to statistics,… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

Net Neutrality

 November 18, 2015

Net Neutrality: A Panel Discussion

Rick D. Bailey contributes his opinion on Net Neutrality in this panel article published in Best Lawyers® Business Edition, Summer, 2015. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Rick Bailey - Hearing and Mishearing

 November 18, 2015

Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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