Meet our Attorneys

Joseph F. Smith III

Special Counsel

Joseph F. Smith III - 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

Florida

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

Florida 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).

Michael S. Burg Warns Against the End of Net Neutrality

 June 14, 2018

Michael S. Burg Warns Against the End of Net Neutrality

Net neutrality ended this week not with a bang, but a whimper. Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn Obama-era rules put in place to maintain a free and open Internet. Because of that, those rules officially expired June 11. Of all the reversals the Trump Administration has pulled in the last… Read more »

Burg Simpson Backs Phamaly Theatre Co. in a Big Way

 June 13, 2018

Burg Simpson Backs Phamaly Theatre Co. in a Big Way

The attorneys at Burg Simpson do more than fight for the rights of victims of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. They help them reclaim their lives. That passionate belief is why Burg Simpson has chosen to support Denver’s own Phamaly Theatre Co. The Phamaly Theatre Co. is a theater group made up exclusively of… Read more »

Local News Spotlights Jeremy Bitner Foundation

 June 12, 2018

Local News Spotlights Jeremy Bitner Foundation

KMGH-TV, Denver’s ABC affiliate, highlighted the 2018 Jeremy Bitner Run on “Mile High Living” last week. The sixth annual 5k/10k run and 5k walk, which is set to take place at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cornerstone Park in Englewood, Colorado, benefits the families of fallen police officers. Burg Simpson shareholder Nick D. Fogel,… Read more »

Burg Simpson Announces Sponsorship of Craig Hospital’s 2018 Pedal 4 Possible

 June 7, 2018

Burg Simpson Announces Sponsorship of Craig Hospital’s 2018 Pedal 4 Possible

Once again, Burg Simpson is throwing its support behind the miracle workers at Craig Hospital. Burg Simpson is a proud sponsor of Pedal 4 Possible (P4P), a charity bicycle ride that benefits Craig Hospital and its programs. This year’s Pedal 4 Possible, set for Saturday, Sept. 15, boasts courses for all skill levels, including a… Read more »

Mountain Service for Lyft – Denver Injury Attorney – Colorado Burg Simpson

 June 18, 2018

Lyft Launches Mountain Service in Colorado & Utah

This past ski season, Lyft, one of the country’s major ride-sharing companies, announced the Lyft Ski Rack service aimed at the winter sports set. The launch in December 2017 included the Rocky Mountains – Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Winter Park, and Granby– and the Utah Mountains – Park City, Deer Valley,… Read more »

Workplace Violence Employee Safety – Workers Comp Lawyers Denver – Colorado Burg Simpson

 June 4, 2018

Workplace Violence Threatens Employee Safety

Sadly, the possibility of violence shattering the workplace is more likely than ever. According to the latest data from the National Safety Council, roughly 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence every year. In 2014, for example, more than 400 employees died as result of a senseless attack – making up about 16 percent… Read more »

Bad Faith Insurance - Litigation Attorney - Colorado Burg Simpson

 May 30, 2018

Colorado Supreme Court Decides 3 Bad Faith Cases that Favor the Policyholder and Consumer

On May 29, the Colorado Supreme Court issued 3 new decisions on bad faith law that favor policyholders and consumers. Two of the cases involved bad faith by American Family toward their own policyholders on homeowners policies. In Barriga vs. American Family, the court held that the remedy provided in a 2008 law allowing a… Read more »

Denver Personal Injury Attorney – TBI & Dementia – Colorado Burg Simpson

 May 23, 2018

Research Confirms Link Between TBIs and Dementia

There’s been research in the past to suggest that even mild traumatic brain injuries can increase someone’s risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease, but a new study – published earlier this month – reinforces these findings. The study, “Association of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury With and Without Loss of Consciousness With Dementia in U.S. Military… 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.

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

 February 29, 2016

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins talks with Michael Burg about taxes and the government’s resistance to upgrade America’s infrastructure.

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