Meet our Attorneys

Joseph F. Smith III

Special Counsel

Joseph F. Smith III - Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence

Joe Smith is a licensed attorney in Florida and Colorado and a Colorado licensed architect with over twenty-five 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 homeowners and commercial building owners on matters 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 and salespersons
  • Community association managers

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AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Colorado

Florida

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

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1993 Bachelor's of Architecture

American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM International)

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

"Lunch and Learn Lectures" - Mr. Smith routinely provides informal seminars to community association managers in Colorado and Florida

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).

Are You Ready to Testify?, CAI South Gulf Coast Chapter, CAI Community Voice Magazine, 1st Quarter 2019

Are You Ready to Testify?, CAI Central Florida Chapter, Central Florida Times, 1st Quarter 2019

Do’s and Don’ts for a Deposition, CAI Central Florida Chapter, Central Florida Times, 4th Quarter 2018

Do’s and Don’ts for a Deposition, CAI South Gulf Coast Magazine, October 2018

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 April 24, 2019

David C. Harman and PLN: Changing the Lives of Underprivileged Scouts

As an Eagle Scout himself, shareholder David Harman understands the benefits and virtues that Scouting can supply. Accordingly, when an opportunity arose for him to support the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) in Cincinnati approximately three years ago, he jumped on it and joined a volunteer group called the Professional Leadership Network (“PLN”). PLN’s mission… Read more »

 April 19, 2019

Shareholder Stephan Marsh Nominated for Outstanding Workers’ Compensation Attorney Award!

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephan J. Marsh has been nominated by the Professionals in Workers’ Compensation, and his peers in the industry, for the Outstanding Workers’ Compensation Attorney Award! The PWC Awards were established to recognize lawyers for their outstanding contributions to the workers’ compensation community, and the annual award is presented to those who are making a… Read more »

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 April 12, 2019

Republicans and Democrats Can Learn a Lot from Former Sen. Alan Simpson

Hon. Alan K. Simpson, one of the founding shareholders at the law firm of Burg Simpson Hersh Eldredge & Jardine, P.C., was featured in the April 10, 2019, edition of the Corpus Christi Caller. Alan Simpson is a former U.S. Senator (R-Wyoming) who served from January 1979 to 1997, where he was the Assistant Republican… Read more »

 April 8, 2019

The American Board of Trial Advocates Presents Masters in Trial® 

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Presents Masters in Trial.   Angela E. McGraw – Trial Lawyer.   Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine is pleased to announce that attorney Angela McGraw, Of Counsel at the firm, is a presenter on the faculty of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Masters in Trial® program on Friday, April… Read more »

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 April 18, 2019

Join Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson from Cody WY for a “Fireside Chat”

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a fireside chat with former United States Senator Alan Simpson of Cody, WY,  former Governor Michael J. Sullivan, and Wyoming Federal District Court Judge Alan Johnson as they discuss the three branches of government, their functions and why it matters to you. WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019,  at 7:00 p.m…. Read more »

 April 18, 2019

What is a Whistleblower or “Qui Tam” Lawsuit?

A “Whistleblower” is defined as a person who informs on an individual or a company engaged in an illicit activity. Ralph Nader, an American political activist, attorney, and consumer advocate is credited with coining the term in the 1970s. Qui tam comes from the Latin phrase meaning “[he] who sues in this matter for the… Read more »

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

 April 17, 2019

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

Shareholder Nick Fogel is the practice group leader of the Workers’ Compensation division at Burg Simpson. Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that protects employees when they are injured on the job or in the line of duty. Workers’ compensation provides both wage replacement and medical benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be… Read more »

Hunting

 April 15, 2019

Hunters Beware… Tree-Hanging Hunting Stand Can Lead to Fall

By Jessica Powell, Burg Simpson Associate On April 11, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that DICK’S Sporting Goods is recalling a tree-hanging stand marketed for hunters. According to the CPSC’s recall notice, the Field & Stream Timberline Hang On Tree Stand poses a fall hazard, as the weld on the seat… Read more »

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

 April 17, 2019

Burg Simpson | Workers’ Compensation

Shareholder Nick Fogel is the practice group leader of the Workers’ Compensation division at Burg Simpson. Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that protects employees when they are injured on the job or in the line of duty. Workers’ compensation provides both wage replacement and medical benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be… Read more »

Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help

 April 5, 2019

Burg Simpson | We Are Here To Help

Burg Simpson is a law firm committed to helping injured people rebuild their lives after a serious accident or injury. Our trial lawyers have handled nearly every kind of injury or wrongful death case. The team at Burg Simpson has the resources, nationwide reputation, or proven track record of success when it comes to helping… Read more »

Becoming Whole Again

 April 4, 2019

Becoming Whole Again

If you or a loved one has suffered a loss due to an injury or death because of the negligence of another, you are entitled to receive full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Burg Simpson’s office in Arizona can help you navigate your personal injury claim. Burg Simpson attorney, Scott A. Ambrose… Read more »

Arizona Medical Malpractice Team

 April 4, 2019

Arizona Medical Malpractice Team

Burg Simpson’s Arizona medical malpractice team is dedicated to helping seriously injured victims fight for their rights. Our Arizona medical malpractice team has over 75 years of combined experience in the medical malpractice arena. Burg Simpson associate Ronda Kelso worked as a nurse prior to entering the legal field. Ms. Kelso has the legal experience… Read more »

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