Joseph F. "Joe" Smith III

Joseph F. "Joe" Smith III

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.

Recognized since 2020

Englewood, Colorado

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

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Joe Smith is a licensed attorney in Colorado and Florida and a Colorado licensed architect with over twenty-five years of architecture, construction law, construction defect litigation, and related insurance coverage and bankruptcy experience. Throughout his legal career, Joe has exclusively represented homeowners, homeowner associations, and building owners. From 2011 to 2014 Joe worked as a forensic architect at a Colorado consulting firm where he provided forensic services to private and public clients and also acted as an expert witness in several construction defect lawsuits. Joe regularly presents continuing education courses to community association managers in Colorado and Florida. Joe grew up in Northern California and then lived in North Carolina before making his way to Colorado in 1999. Outside of work, Joe enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and scuba diving with his high school-age sons, one of whom is an aspiring commercial airline pilot and the other who has his sights set on college baseball or diving. If he weren’t an attorney, you’d probably find Joe working as an archaeologist digging at ancient Roman, Greek or Egyptian sites.

Before joining Burg Simpson, Joe Smith 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


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



EstimatorsReal estate appraisers and salespersons

Community association managers

Contact & Links
  • 40 Inverness Drive East
    Englewood, CO 80112
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., graduated 1999
  • University of Notre Dame, Bachelor's of Architecture, graduated 1993
Bar Admissions
  • United States, Colorado
  • United States, Florida
  • United States, Wind River Tribal Court
  • American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM International) - Member
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Member
  • Colorado Bar Association - Member
  • Denver Bar Association - Member
  • Florida Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2020-2022


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