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Philip Michael Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at Denver, CO

4.8   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Assaults and Domestic Violence, drug offenses, traffic violations, sex offenses, Sealings, Expungement, sex offender de-registration, theft, shoplifting, municipal offenses, solicitation, probation revocation and theft, robbery, burglary and more.

    44 years

  2. Domestic violence

    44 years

  3. Sex crime

    44 years

  4. Expungement

    44 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket

    44 years

My nearly forty years of criminal justice experience as a former judge, deputy and assistant district attorney and criminal defense lawyer in Colorado has provided me with the knowledge and confidence to build a strong defense for my client.   I've had the privilege of representing people from all walks of life in all situations from misdemeanors to felony charges, and traffic tickets, assault and to the most serious crime of murder.  I employ the many resources available to me to successfully help my clients back to their families, back to work and back to a full life.

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Philip M. Smith
1776 S Jackson St., #610
Denver, CO, 80210


4.8 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Russell | August 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional, initial consult was informative
I just had Mr. Smith look into a record sealing issue I had. His response to my questions very well laid out and easy to understand.
Posted by Ian | January 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney! East to work with and understanding
Phillip was attentive and understood my case. I loved that he offered a flat-rate and worked with me to answer my questions even after my case was settled! He is an absolutely smart and motivated attorney! glad to have him on my side.
Response from Philip Smith January 30, 2021
Thank you for the kind words. It's gratifying to know I've helped.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I hired Attorney Philip Smith to do some legal work for me. He was extremely good with communication and did a fantastic job. I am an attorney licensed in Florida and I can tell you for sure that Philip Smith is a top attorney. Highly recommended!!!!
Response from Philip Smith December 18, 2020
Thank you for the kind words. It was my pleasure to work with you on your legal matter. Wishing good luck in your pursuit of becoming licensed in Colorado. All the best, Phil
Posted by S.James | October 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mr. Smith is very wise and experienced in law. He helped make the process of defending charges and the whole court process less stressful. I initially contacted him on my case and he gave great advise. I had also been contacting several other attorneys because I was scared of the charges and trying to make the right decision but I made the mistake of hiring a different attorney that didnt do any thorough research or investigations into the case, and was leaning towards a plea and even suggested I say things that were not true. Also charged me a ton of money. It all resulted in me looking elsewhere. It was a blessing that I had found Mr Smith initially, and I always I knew I should should had hired him after the 1st time I spoke with him. He was diligent on his work for my case and did everything the other attorney didn't and was successful with best outcome possible. I couldn't recomend him more highly. Mr. Smith was the key in me getting my life back.
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Response from Philip Smith December 18, 2020
Thank you for your kind words. We accomplished an excellent outcome getting your case dismissed. You were facing life long and life changing consequences. You were a pleasure to work with. Good luck in the future. Thanks again, Phil.
Posted by Michael | December 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
On top of it
I hired Mr. Smith to clear up a matter I had and was unaware of. Mr. Smith was clear in the process, clear in the timeframes and was available then responded quickly with any questions I had.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and thorough representation
Philip was excellent and provided thoughtful consultation to ensure success in my case. He was respectable and treated me like a human. I could not be happier!
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very professional
Mr Smith was effective and professional. Highly recommended reasonable fee's no extra charges.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and knowledgeable
Mr. Smith is honest, upfront, helpful and knowleadgable. He will do what he can within' his power to help you with your case. I definitely recommend him. Start with his website. It is extremely helpful and it's free. An attorney who is willing to give the information to you that he does on his website free of charge is one that you should use. He wants you to be informed BEFORE you make a decision to have him help you with your case. Not after you make the decision. Thank you Mr. Smith for your help.
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Posted by David | February 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Gift of commitment
When the future of your life is on the line, there is a fear of hopelessness that often comes upon you. Philip & Patti are committed to understanding you and your case in a professional manner, doing everything possible to reach the best outcome. To make a long story short, they are A BLESSING & A TRUE GIFT FROM GOD!
Posted by christine | January 6, 2015
Philip M. Smith
I have used the services of Mr. Philip Smith for many years and have complete confidence in his expertise and professionalism. He has helped me with issues large and small: My mother's estate, family members' "Last Will and Testaments", my HOA's legal challenges, my son's DUI. Mr. Smith is attentive and caring when it comes to his client's issues, brings a warm sense of humor to meetings (which is important to me) and makes sure that he is available to his clients when they need him. I feel supported, encouraged and confident with Mr. Smith as my legal representative.
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Posted by Linda | December 27, 2014
Very grateful we found Phil Smith to serve our family.
From our first conversation with Mr. Smith and his staff, we experienced their thorough and thoughtful attention to our legal circumstances. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Tina & Jay | December 21, 2014
over the top
Philip Smith and his legal support staff were over the top with advise, professional support, and expertise. We can't thank them enough.
Posted by M.U. | December 17, 2014
Wisdom and experience
Thank you Phil... You and Patti are like family to me.. You have helped me so much in several different legal situations... Your representation of me was on a whole new level from anything that I've ever experienced before... thank you so much Phil, you are the real deal...
Posted by Michael | December 17, 2014
most well rounded attorney I've ever worked with....
Phil Smith and his assistant/wife patty are the absolute best legal team that I've ever seen..... Anywhere.... Period.... His relationships and experience in the courtroom are unmatched and having been a judge he's got all the experience that you will ever need from both sides of the bench... Phil represented me in several serious assault cases winning every time and even obtained a very favorable outcome for me from several major traffic tickets... Phil should be your very first call for any case big or small. .... He is simply the best!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not what I was expecting for what I paid
I hired Mr. Smith for a case that was high stress and required an experienced attorney. I chose Mr. Smith because I thought he understood law in and out, and would not be surprised by ebbs and flows, and decisions made on matters by the court. Mr. Smith was continuously stumped by court decisions and left me little help or guidance in deciding matters. For the over 300$ per hour I paid, I expected someone more on top of their game, more professional in speech and appearance, and more recognizant of professional relations. Unfortunately, Mr. Smith wanted to act more as a father figure to someone he might have seen as half- wit child. In the end, Mr. Smith was more of an expensive paper filer than an advocate for my case, and I was forced to remove him from my case and find another attorney. I paid this man almost 2500$ and what I got was a man atleast 10 years older than his professional picture, walking with a cane, a toothpick in his mouth, cussing like a sailor, unaware of or unwilling to share important court rules, deadlines, or processes, and more so as one working for the court than sharing my rights to me. I walked away from him more stressed and anxious about my case, and found someone else for half the price, three times the professionalism, and someone well worth their cost. Mr. Smith, I expected much better from someone with the experience as you, I felt like I was paying you so you could take a vacation, not help me in a serious matter. No one paying such a high price to an attorney should feel like a burden to their own counsel.
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Response from Philip Smith November 4, 2020
Hello, you didn’t leave your name and it has been over 3 years since I have used a cane (hip surgery) so I’m at a disadvantage. I’m sorry to hear about the experience you had and would be open to discussing it further if you would like to call my office at 303-333-8900.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Firm of Philip M. Smith
  • 2004 - Present
  • Judge
  • Aurora Colorado Municipal Court
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • 5th Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • 1989 - 2003
  • General Partnership
  • Keene, Munsinger and Smith
  • 1984 - 1989
  • JAG
  • U.S. Navy Jag Corps
  • 1979 - 1984
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  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Denver
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • People v. Carter
  • Not Guilty of First Degree Murder


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is a tremendous trial attorney with vast experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. I highly recommend him if you are in the need of a competent and talented trial attorney."
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