Meet our Attorneys

Joseph F. Smith III

Special 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

 

Best Lawyers® in America, 2020

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

 October 18, 2019

Michael Burg Interviewed By Denver’s Channel 7 About The Dangers Of Vaping

Michael Burg Interviewed By Denver’s Channel 7 About The Dangers Of Vaping Michael Burg, the founding shareholder and a trial attorney with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, was interviewed by Denver’s Channel 7 on Thursday, October 17th  to discuss the the dangers of vaping. Click here to access Michael Burg’s interview on Denver’s Channel… Read more »

 October 16, 2019

Burg Simpson E-News – October 2019

OCTOBER 2019 E-NEWS GOOD LAWYERS $143 Million Settlement Secured for Victims of the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions Michael S. Burg and Seth A. Katz have announced that an agreement has been reached between Columbia Gas, its parent company NiSource, Inc., and the lawyers representing multiple groups of plaintiffs in both mass action and class action… Read more »

 October 16, 2019

If You Have Had a Slip and Fall Accident

If You Have Had a Slip and Fall Accident By: Jessica Prochaska- Burg Simpson Shareholder and Personal Injury Trial Lawyer A Colorado slip and fall personal injury claim is filed in civil court and seeks compensation for the victim’s injuries. This type of claim alleges that a property owner failed to address a dangerous or… Read more »

 October 10, 2019

Angela McGraw on the Faculty of The American Board of Trial Advocates

Angela McGraw, Of Counsel with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, will be a presenter on the faculty of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Masters in Trial® program on Thursday, November 14th. The presenters are members of ABOTA, trial experts, and experienced judges. ABOTA is ​dedicated ​to ​training ​the ​next ​generation ​of ​lawyers ​to ​meet ​the highest ​standards ​of ​professionalism ​and ​advocacy ​in ​the ​practice ​of ​law.  Established in 1958, membership in ABOTA continues to carry considerable prestige among attorneys, judges,… Read more »

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

 July 1, 2019

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

The Jeremy Bitner Foundation was established in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years and during that time was assigned… Read more »

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner

 May 7, 2019

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner

The 2019 Burg Simpson Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at Maggiano’s on April 25th to recognize the ten winners of the firm’s annual scholarship competition. The firm’s founder Michael Burg, and shareholders Peter Burg and Stephan Marsh presented awards to the 2019 winners! This year’s recipients included Ms. Madison Frotten, Mr. Dale Kim, Ms. McKenna… 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 »

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