Meet our Attorneys

Joseph F. Smith III

Special Counsel

Joseph F. Smith III
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

January firm-wide e-news

 January 17, 2020

Burg Simpson E-News: January 2020

Complex Business and Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects, Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices, Mass Tort, Class Action, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation JANUARY 2020 E-NEWS GOOD LAWYERS Burg Simpson Names Three New Shareholders Paul D. Friedman Angela E. McGraw Jacob M. Burg Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine are pleased to announce that Paul… Read more »

 January 14, 2020

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts In a recent Colorado law journal article, Burg Simpson lawyers Ron Sandgrund and Leslie Tuft question why Colorado insurance companies are still getting special breaks from the courts when those insurers mislead their insureds or fail to explain adequately why they are denying an insurance… Read more »

 January 8, 2020

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!  Denver’s Top Lawyers 2020  is 5280 Magazine’s sixth annual list of the best attorneys in the region. The 5280 editors invited attorneys in the seven-county metro area to vote for the peers they respect most in 50 legal practice areas. Survey responses in hand, the 5280 team… Read more »

 January 7, 2020

The Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING! The 1,500-word Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who won our essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being… Read more »

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 December 9, 2019

Settling Commercial Litigation Cases

An out-of-court settlement is a legally-binding agreement between the parties to a lawsuit that effectively puts an end to the legal matter. A settlement resolves all disputes inherent in the lawsuit, and results in dismissal of the claims filed in court.  Sometimes a settlement will contain a requirement that other court orders be entered effectuating… Read more »

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

 November 12, 2019

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

Burg Simpson’s Colorado mass tort attorneys have represented thousands of people who have suffered serious side effects after taking dangerous medications or those who have been hurt by a defective product.  If you have suffered injuries related to a defective drug or medical device, contact the Burg Simpson mass tort team at 303-790-2525.

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 November 8, 2019

Bike Crash Safety Video – Burg Simpson Personal Injury

The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson help fellow bicycle enthusiasts understand how to protect their rights after a bike crash and stay safe on the roads. If you have been hurt in a bike crash and need help, reach out to us today by calling our office or filling out our online free case… 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 »

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