Peter H. "Pete" Smith

Phone: 303.861.5300
Fax: 303.861.2746

A fifth generation Coloradoan, Pete grew up in Carbondale steeped in a love of the outdoors and rural life, tending livestock and caring for the land.  Before becoming a lawyer, Pete worked on a rural Colorado ranch, received two Federal grants to follow international trials, and lived and studied in Germany, Korea, and South America.  After returning to Colorado and receiving his law degree from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, Pete worked for District Court judges in both Criminal and Civil Divisions as well as the Colorado State Attorney General’s Natural Resources Unit focusing on Water Rights.  Pete’s love of Colorado and its people is reflected in his practice areas:  Wills and Trusts, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Real Estate, Environmental and Water Law.

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Real Estate
Water Law
Special Districts

Publications and Presentations

  • A Time When Torture Was Wrong, The Denver Post, May 24, 2009
  • The Watershed Economy: Legal Challenges Facing the Tijuana River, 11 Denver University Water Law Review 337, Spring 2008
  • Presumption of Guilt or a Promise Broken: Revocation of Amnesty in Argentina, U.C. Berkeley Human Rights Center Annual Report, 2004
  • Challenge to Impunity in Guatemala, Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, with lead author Paula Worby, Fall 2003


J.D. Sturm College of Law, 2008
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
B.A. History, Reed College, 1995