I have been practicing law for over 35 years. That is a long time to be doing one thing. My professional career has allowed me to develop a vast degree of knowledge in many areas of law, primarily criminal justice. After attending the University of Colorado Law School and passing the Colorado Bar Exam in 1979, I was commissioned into the US Navy as a lawyer in the JAG Corps. Active duty took us to Newport, Rhode Island and San Diego, California defending and prosecuting courts-martials, providing legal assistance and preparing military personal and their families for deployment at Naval Base San Diego and Navy-Marine Corps Reserve Center, Denver. I retired from the USNR at the rank of Commander.
Upon returning to my home state of Colorado and becoming a partner in a private civil law practice, I discovered my real love was in criminal justice. As a Deputy District Attorney in the 18th judicial district of Arapahoe and Douglas counties and as the Assistant District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District of Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties in Colorado for 16 years, my task was to prosecute a variety of criminal cases ranging from petty offenses, misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. The opportunity has proven to be extremely beneficial in defending clients being investigated, accused and charged with these crimes.
After a brief hiatus, my interest focused on another side of the courtroom, defense. I opened my solo private criminal defense law firm in 2004. It has been the best decision I’ve made in my legal career. Opening my law practice also allowed me to serve as a judge and gain a greater appreciation of the difficult task each judge has of remaining impartial and compassionate while properly interpreting and applying the law.
My years as an officer, prosecutor, judge and private attorney have taught me the value of establishing strong professional relationships with the people that will also participate in your legal process—Judges and Prosecutors.
If you have questions about my criminal law practice or me, please visit the Colorado Supreme Court database at coloradosupremecourt.com. Type “Philip M. Smith” in the Attorney Search. You will have peace of mind knowing that I have been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 1979, have no history of disciplinary matters and maintain professional liability insurance. I also attend professional education courses, discussions and seminars focusing exclusively on criminal defense. By staying informed of the latest legislation, judicial opinions and new law in Colorado I am able to provide my clients with highest standard of defense strategies.
On a personal level, my family moved to Colorado in 1960. I am almost a native having been born in Amarillo, Texas in 1953. I spent my early years in Aurora until my family moved to Evergreen, Colorado. My father lives in Conifer and my twin brothers are in Denver and Washington. My lovely wife and I have been happily married for 35 years. We have been blessed with a remarkable son and family. I have a number of hobbies but fishing and hunting are my favorite pastimes when I am not with the joy in my life, my grandson.
100% Criminal Defense
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1979
University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1979, J.D.
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA, 1975
Colorado Bar Association
Arapahoe County Bar Association
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
Law Firm of Philip M. Smith, Attorney
Assistant District Attorney, 5th Judicial District
(Clear Creek, Eagle, Breckenridge, Lake counties)
Deputy District Attorney, 18th Judicial District
(Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln counties)
Keene, Munsinger and Smith
General Partnership Denver, Colorado
Commander, USNR Retired
U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Volunteer Training Unit-Law, Denver, Colorado
Department Head, Legal Assistance Division.
Licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Colorado and Courts-Martial of the United States Armed Forces
Produdly Serving All Of Colorado
The Criminal Defense Law Firm of Philip M. Smith proudly represents clients throughout Colorado’s jurisdictions including the municipalities of Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Commerce City, Denver, Edgewater, Englewood, Federal Heights, Glendale, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Lone Tree, Morrison, Mountain View, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster. We also serve all misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in Adams County, Arapahoe County, Denver Country, Gilpin County, and Jefferson County.