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

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).

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

 January 18, 2018

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

The latest component in Burg Simpson’s ongoing professional education initiative is set for next week. Shareholder Tom W. Henderson will conduct a 90-minute web seminar, “Advising Your Business Clients on Insurance Policies,” at 9 a.m. MST on Jan 18. Designed for Colorado corporate litigation attorneys, this CE course will cover: Defining Ambiguous Terms. Understanding the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

 January 17, 2018

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

Burg Simpson is proud to announce the launch of a more comprehensive website that incorporates the firm’s office locations into a single site. The new Burg Simpson website, which has since focused on Colorado’s practice areas, now encompasses information for its Arizona, Ohio, and Wyoming offices all in one place, along with their practice areas,… Read more »

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

 January 11, 2018

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg recently sat down with Law Week Colorado to discuss mandatory arbitration agreements, and what impact the #MeToo movement might have on that in the coming year. Several factors came together in 2017 to breathe new life into these controversial agreements, but experts debate whether an uptick in sexual harassment claims… Read more »

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

 January 9, 2018

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

Burg Simpson has long been a champion of traumatic brain injury victims. That commitment was on full display this week as shareholders Peter W. Burg and David P. Hersh presented at the 2018 Brain Injury Summit in Vail, Colorado. The Burg Simpson Colorado personal injury attorneys moderated, “Pearls of TBI Neuro-Litigation,” an interactive workshop, earlier… Read more »

Protect Uninsured Workers – Colorado Workers Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 January 10, 2018

Colorado Fights to Protect Uninsured Workers

The state of Colorado requires all employers with even a single employee to carry workers’ compensation insurance. It doesn’t matter if those employees are part time or full time. In fact, anyone who receives pay for services in Colorado is considered an employee, as far as workers’ compensation insurance is concerned. There are exceptions, of… Read more »

Business Dispute Options – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorney - Burg Simpson

 January 2, 2018

What Are Your Business Dispute Options?

Business owners operate under the cloud of potential litigation nearly every day. Whether it’s a multinational corporation, a family-owned business, or a small sole proprietorship that’s just opened up its doors, business owners and leaders often face legal issues that can take time and money away from their day-to-day operations. Business and commercial law isn’t… Read more »

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers– Burg Simpson

 December 27, 2017

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm

It might surprise – or even startle – you to find out that Colorado does not require plastic surgery centers to be licensed or even inspected by the state. These medical providers are exempt from regulations that govern other ambulatory surgery centers because providing surgical services isn’t their primary function. The state actually lets these… Read more »

Colorado Law Protects from Unfair Competition – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorney - Burg Simpson

 December 19, 2017

Colorado Law Protects Companies from Unfair Competition

Back in June, tech giant Amazon shocked the business world when it revealed plans to acquire natural grocer Whole Foods. For the most part, the nearly $14 billion deal elicited either cheers or tears. While most people hailed the move, hoping the Web retailer would cut prices at the high-end organic food chain, others decried… 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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