Burg Simpson’s Diane Vaksdal Smith to Serve as Presiding Judge at Arapahoe County Regional Mock Trial Competition
Denver, CO – For the twentieth consecutive year, Burg Simpson shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith will be volunteering her time for the Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament. This year she will act as a presiding judge at the Arapahoe County Regional Mock Trial, which takes place February 26-27, 2016.
Each year more than 100 high school teams participate in Colorado’s mock trial program. Teams are composed of 6–12 students who perform a case for the Prosecution/Plaintiff and/or the Defense in either a civil or criminal-type trial.
Diane Vaksdal Smith, a former Magistrate Judge for Colorado’s Seventeenth Judicial District and a respected civil attorney, said, “I am thrilled to participate once again in the Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament. Every year I am more impressed with the work and dedication of the students and their coaches. This competition provides students a wonderful opportunity to learn about the importance of our civil and criminal justice system. The benefits and rewards of this competition are many, as the students also develop their written and oral communication skills. I am honored to have been a part of the competition for the past twenty years.”
Ms. Smith joined Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., in 1997. Diane Vaksdal Smith focuses her practice on employment issues, representing both employers and employees, in cases involving claims of wrongful discharge, wrongful termination and infringement on civil employment rights. Ms. Smith also handles commercial litigation, involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty.
She has achieved the highest rating from her peers for quality of legal work, professionalism, and ethics and has received a preeminent “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Law Week Colorado named Ms. Smith as Barristers’ Best Employment Lawyer in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and Barristers’ Best Appellate Lawyer in 2015. Law Week Colorado also selected her as one of the 2008 Top Women Lawyers of the Year. Ms. Smith has also been named a Top 100 Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers. Ms. Smith has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Plaintiffs Top 150 Women Lawyers.
With offices in Denver, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Cody, and Steamboat Springs, Burg Simpson is a firm of award winning trial lawyers practicing in the areas of personal injury, class action, mass torts, medical malpractice, dangerous drug litigation, defective products, insurance bad faith, employment law, workers’ compensation, commercial litigation, and construction defect litigation.
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