Joseph F. Smith, III

Joseph F. Smith, III: Attorney with Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Joe Smith is a Colorado licensed architect and Colorado and Florida licensed attorney 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 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
•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

Mr. Smith has extensive experience working with and analyzing the work of:

•Civil, structural, and geotechnical engineers
•Real estate appraisers and salespersons
•Community association managers

Honors & Accolades

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Lectures & Seminars

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).

Publications & Media

Do’s and Don’ts for a Deposition, CAI Central Florida, December 2018

Do’s and Don’ts for a Deposition, CAI South Gulf Coast, October 2018

Do’s and Don’ts for a Deposition, CAI West Florida, September 2018

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Architecture

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
303.792.5595  Phone
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1993
Law School Attended:
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1999
Year of First Admission:
Florida; Colorado

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM International)

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Birth Information:
Long Beach, California, November 5, 1970
Reported Cases:
Hoang v. Monterra Homes (Powderhorn), LLC, 129 P.3d 1028, (Colo. App. 2003), cert. granted; Ferla v. Infinity Development Assocs., LLC,107 P.3d 1006 (Colo. App. 2004) cert. den.; Hoang v. Arbess, 80 P.3d 863 (Colo. App. 2003) cert. den.

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 (15 reviews)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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