Meet our Attorneys

Joseph F. Smith III

Senior Counsel

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

 

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2020-2021

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

 November 30, 2020

Construction Defect Statutes of Limitation and Repose Update (Part 1)

Burg Simpson construction defects trial lawyers Ronald Sandgrund and Joseph F. (“Trip”) Nistico III have co-authored a recent article for The Colorado Lawyer entitled “Construction Defect Statutes of Limitation and Repose Update (Part 1).” The Colorado Bar Journal (The Colorado Lawyer) is publishing a two-part article in December 2020 and January 2021 by Burg Simpson… Read more »

 November 27, 2020

Burg Simpson’s Award-Winning Construction Defect Team

Burg Simpson’s construction defect attorneys have successfully handled construction defect cases for clients for over 25 years. Our team fights for homeowners and associations whose residences have been damaged by faulty design and construction defects. Some of the many issues our team has handled over the past two decades include: Design defects Building code violations… Read more »

 November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Clients, Friends, and Colleagues!

Burg Simpson Wishes You a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday! All of us at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine would like to wish our clients, friends, and colleagues a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday! As we gather this year in groups much smaller than we have in the past, we want to… Read more »

 November 24, 2020

High School Seniors Seeking College Scholarships!

Submit your essays now to win the Burg Simpson Scholarship for 2021! Send your 1500 word essays to Burg Simpson for a chance to win a college scholarship to the school of your choice. The deadline for students to submit their 1,500-word essays is February 1, 2021. For nearly a decade, Burg Simpson has awarded… Read more »

Denver, CO – Auto Wreck with Injuries on I-70 Blocks Highway

 June 19, 2020

David Hersh: COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income

Shareholder David Hersh Discusses COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income  David P. Hersh is a shareholder and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “I am David Hersh, Co-leader of the Commercial Litigation Department at Burg Simpson. Business owners across the country have suffered from the loss of business income as… Read more »

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

 June 18, 2020

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

David K. TeSelle is a trial lawyer and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “Do you have confidential information about a company who is cheating the state or federal government out of money, leaving the American taxpayer holding the bag? If so, there is something you can do about it,… Read more »

 June 16, 2020

Shareholder Jacob Burg Discusses Burg Simpson’s Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Jake Burg is a shareholder and a trial lawyer with  Burg Simpson’s personal injury department. “Since the firm’s inception in 1976, Burg Simpson has been committed to providing pro bono legal services to heroes who have dedicated themselves to serving others in times of great need. As an attorney with Burg Simpson, I was proud to… Read more »

Colorado Springs, CO – Man Injured in Auto Accident on Delta Dr

 June 15, 2020

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now Shareholder Stephen J. Burg is a trial lawyer and the practice group leader of the firm’s personal injury department. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need someone to be on your side. Insurance companies make huge profits by… Read more »

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