Joe Smith: Construction Defects Attorney and Architect
Joe Smith, Of Counsel with Burg Simpson, is a lawyer and an architect in the firm’s Construction Defect department. With more than 25 years of experience in architecture, construction law, and construction defect litigation, he has significant skill when analyzing the work of those in the construction industry. With his extensive understanding of forensic architecture, he has evaluated the work of architects, engineers, developers, contractors, estimators, and real estate appraisers. During the course of his career as a construction defect attorney, he has handled architectural, structural, civil, and property damage claims and dealt with issues that include:
- Compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations
- Land purchase and other due diligence
- Building code and industry standards compliance
- Project documentation
- Contract formation and interpretation
- Value engineering
- Construction means, methods, and sequencing
- Quality control
- Post-construction warranty and repair work
Joe focuses his practice on the various aspects of construction defect law, but his background as an architect has provided him with extensive knowledge of the construction industry’s technical aspects. Licensed to practice law in Colorado and Florida, his legal representation is based on the thorough evaluation of details of each construction defect case in order to develop a specific strategy and achieve a successful outcome.
Nationally recognized by his peers in the legal industry, Joe has been selected to Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available.
After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend Indiana, Joe obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1999.
About the Construction Defects Department
Best Law Firms® and U.S. News & World Report have recognized Burg Simpson’s Construction Defect Department “Metropolitan Tier One,” the highest available ranking, for 2021. The award-winning construction defect attorneys at Burg Simpson have established reputations in the legal industry and have been recognized by their peers, clients, and the community.
Resolving Your Construction Defect Matter
Construction defect and product defect litigation can be expensive and time-consuming, so the construction defect team at Burg Simpson will strive to negotiate an amicable resolution with the responsible parties before your case goes to trial or arbitration. Negotiation is generally a more cost-effective way of resolving construction defect and product defect problems, so our attorneys work with our clients to settle issues with those who are responsible. But when negotiation is not possible, our attorneys will litigate your legal matter and take your case to trial or arbitration. They will pursue your case to its conclusion, including the filing of appeals and the resolution of insurance coverage issues.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Legal Action
Time is of the essence because Colorado’s construction defect statute of limitations is two years. The countdown begins “after the claim for relief arises.” This is when the homeowner or Association discovers or should have discovered, a construction defect. The statute is applied separately to each defect.