Smith & Cook

8441 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 210
Littleton, CO 80123

It can be intimidating to find yourself in the midst of the legal system. You can feel alone and may be unsure who you can trust. Whether you are involved in a divorce proceeding or other family law setting, facing criminal charges, or need assistance in other litigation matters, you can count on us to work with you. Our experience, knowledge of the law and overall competence, can assist you.

You don’t have to feel alone or intimidated. We are committed to our clients and will strive to protect your interests.

Call us now (303) 972-9877

  • Family Law

    Under the best circumstances, going through a divorce is a difficult time. Under the worst of circumstances, it may be the most difficult life experience you will ever have. As your attorneys, it is our obligation to guide you through that process and keep as much of your life intact and operating as smoothly as possible.

    If you have minor children, it is our philosophy that you must place the needs of those children superior to your needs and those of your spouse. That is not to say that you do not have needs that also require attention, but rather that your children have nothing to do with the differences that have arisen between you and your spouse and they should not have to suffer for a situation over which they have no control. Our experience tells us that if our client shares that philosophy, then we will have a good attorney/client relationship.

    The division of property and debts must take into account the individual circumstances of your case. Fair often times means equal division, but a fair division of property and debts does not always mean equal.

    Our goals for every divorce client are: Protecting your children from harm by placing their needs first. This means that we work hard to achieve parenting time plans and decision-making plans that are in your children’s interests; and resolving all financial issues fairly; this includes child support, maintenance (sometimes called alimony), division of property and debts, and allocation of attorneys’ fees.

  • Criminal Matters

    We believe our system of justice requires strong and effective representation of those charged with violations of the law. Leaving the system unchecked compromises the rights of the innocent and guilty alike. Our job is to protect your rights, those guaranteed to you by our federal and state constitutions, and additionally, rights granted to you by statute. We will help you navigate through the criminal justice system, whether you need to prepare for and take your case to trial or would like to negotiate a reasonable plea bargain.

    Felony, misdemeanor, traffic offenses, including DUI, domestic violence, assault/battery, harassment, sex assault, drug offenses, theft, and child abuse are within the expertise of our firm.

  • Juvenile Matters

    The juvenile justice system is set up to serve our children’s interests, their welfare and the interests of society, to preserve and strengthen family ties whenever possible, including improvement of the home, to remove a child from the custody of his parents only when his welfare and safety or the protection of the public would otherwise be endangered and, in either instance, for the courts to proceed with all possible speed to a legal determination that will serve the best interests of the child, and to secure for any child removed from the custody of his parents the necessary care, guidance, and discipline to assist him in becoming a responsible and productive member of society.

    While we agree with these ideals, our experience has shown us that the juvenile justice system often fails to protect these rights for our children. To that end, we believe that an attorney’s role in advocating for your children is crucial. We take great pride in working with young people and have done so effectively in a variety of contexts. Defending juvenile charges, detention hearings, school expulsion hearings, and similar matters are within our expertise.

  • Other Legal Matters

    We handle cases involving many different legal issues for our clients, including probate administration and litigation, simple wills, real estate, landlord-tenant disputes, commercial and residential leases, business, contract drafting, and employment agreements.

    It is our desire to assist you with your legal needs. However, if your case is outside of our expertise, we will refer you to other counsel.

Our Attorneys

Stephen C. Cook

I learned relatively early on in my life that I gained an incredible amount of personal satisfaction from helping people. Whether it has been to exonerate the wrongly accused, or gain custody of a child for a grandparent hoping for better opportunities for their grandchildren, assisting someone struggling with substance or alcohol abuse, or reaching a settlement to enable a family to move forward through a dissolution of marriage proceeding, helping my clients remains my number one goal.

Shortly after moving to Colorado in 1996, I was fortunate enough to meet my law partner, Curtis Smith, who gave me the initial opportunity to open my practice. I have thoroughly enjoyed practicing law in an environment that fosters integrity and compassion as cornerstones of law. Opening the firm in 2005 fulfills a dream of mine that continues my commitment to my clients and the practice of law.

I have been in too many courtrooms, on too many occasions, where I have witnessed the judicial system running roughshod over individual rights, too concerned with expediency to care about or protect the individual standing before it. I have seen prosecutors misstate the facts in order to try to secure “victories”, courtrooms deny due process, and litigants abused by their own attorneys. I strive in every case to ensure that these injustices do not occur to my clients.

I am married and have a family; they mean everything to me. I enjoy being with them more than anything in the world. I try to imagine that what I do for a living helps them find a better place, where justice really is carried out in the courtrooms, and where they can be proud of our system of justice.

EDUCATION:

  • Valparaiso University, School of Law, JD 1996
  • Indiana University, BS, Major-Marketing, 1993

EXPERIENCE:

  • Private practice emphasis in Litigation including Criminal Defense, Family Law, General Civil Litigation
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Colorado and United States District Court, District of Colorado.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:

  • Legal Clinic Volunteer: Women in Crisis Center, Family Tree, Inc.
  • 1st JD Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee Member
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Family Law Court Program
  • Council member with First Judicial District Adult Diversion Program
  • Volunteer in Mentoring Group with Shiloh House, Inc.
  • Volunteer for TLC Meals on Wheels (Former Executive Board Member)
Curtis V. Smith

I grew up on a farm in northeast South Dakota with my older brother and two sisters, one older and one younger. After graduation from high school in 1966, I attended South Dakota State University, graduating with a BA in Sociology in 1970. My wife and I were married one week later.

Later in 1970 I took a position with the family feeding programs of the US Department of Agriculture and we moved to Chicago. In 1976 I accepted a transfer to Denver. In 1980 I entered the University of Denver School of Law (night division) and continued to work full time. I held a variety of positions during my years with the federal government, including Director of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity and Director of Personnel.

I graduated from law school in 1984, and in 1985 I "hung out my shingle" and began the practice of law. I have always officed in the same location. My practice has always emphasized family law and criminal defense law. People going through divorce, or in trouble with the law, are experiencing extraordinarily difficult times in their lives and I enjoy helping them make it through those times.

My wife and I have a son in his 30's and 1 grandson who are our pride and joy, and by far the biggest "growth opportunity" of our lives. I am a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the First Judicial District Bar Association (Jefferson & Gilpin Counties). I serve as a Director on the Boards of Shiloh Home (providing group homes for boys), Mackintosh Academy, and the Mental Health Center of Denver. My wife and I also mentor children; over the years we have mentored 30 or more children.

If you choose to retain our firm, I promise you that we will do everything in our power to represent you effectively.

EDUCATION:

    South Dakota State University, BA Sociology, 1970 University of Denver, College of Law, JD 1984

EXPERIENCE:

  • Food & Nutrition Service, USDA 1970-1984
  • Program Specialist
  • Training Officer
  • Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Civil Rights
  • Director of Personnel
  • Private practice of law, 1984 - present
  • Emphasis in family law, criminal defense

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • First Judicial District Bar Association

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES PRESENT:

  • Board of Directors of the Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Board of Directors of Shiloh Home, Inc.
  • Board of Trustees of Mackintosh Academy

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES PAST:

  • Board of Directors of First Judicial Bar Association
  • Board of Directors of the Credit Union of the Rockies
  • Board of Directors of the Brain Care Foundation
  • Mentor with Save Our Youth

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

  • Spending time with my wife, son, and grandson; hiking; reading; mentoring youth; children’s issues; movies
Brandon Campbell

Long ago, I came to realize that concepts like altruism, respect, and personal responsibility are not discrete or random acts; they are ways of living that we should all try to adopt. A single act of kindness where none has been offered, or showing respect where none seems deserved, can often open the door to communication and finding common ground with someone you may perceive as an adversary.

I grew up on a farm in rural Illinois, surrounded by an amazing family and every conceivable farm animal. I always knew that I wanted to help people, but didn’t discover how until after leaving home. I attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I learned to open up my world, befriend people from all walks of life, and discover what others believe really matters in life. While at SIUC, I pursued interests in criminal justice, psychology, and political science, which I ultimately focused on for my bachelor degree. Most importantly, I discovered a passion for the law and for helping victims after training to become a victim advocate at The Women’s Center of Carbondale.

I quickly pursued my dream of moving west, and moved to Colorado in 2007 to begin law school at the University of Denver. I took advantage of every real-world opportunity I could find, placing me in such environments as the federal government, non-profit organizations, and a local district attorney office. These experiences reaffirmed my lifelong belief in helping others and allowed me to take my first real step toward making a difference in others’ lives.

I received my license to practice law in October 2010, during which time I worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Brian Boatright in the Jefferson County District Courts. Now, as a practicing attorney, I take great pride in using my skills to help people who find themselves caught up in the legal system, whether they are facing criminal charges, seeking help with a family matter, or otherwise just needing an advocate and a sympathetic ear.

I value honesty and respect above all others, as I first learned from my family so many years ago on a farm in Illinois. I hope to impart my own positive outlook onto every client I should encounter in my career.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2010
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice, 2007

EXPERIENCE:

  • Law Clerk, the Honorable Brian Boatright and Honorable Stephen Munsinger, First Judicial District, 2010
  • Private practice emphasizing litigation, and specializing in probate, protective proceedings, estate administration, and estate planning.
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Colorado, 2010

VOLUNTEER WORK:

  • The Family Tree – Women in Crisis Clinic, Kinship Adoption Clinic
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers
  • Shiloh House
  • Project Safeguard, 2009
  • National Association of Counsel for Children, 2009

Memberships:

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • First Judicial District Bar
  • Colorado Trust & Estate Section
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

  • In my spare time, you will find me cooking meals from around the world, entertaining friends and family, or spending time outdoors or traveling.
Trey

I see life through the different experiences that have shaped me. My upbringing in a tight-knit, North Texas town gave me an appreciation for community and helped me to realize the importance of family. An education at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee allowed me to experience diverse cultures, demographics, and backgrounds within a city known for its long history of struggle. This education and experience provided me with a foundation on which I continue to build relationships in my community. My work with adjudicated youth at a wilderness survival program in western Colorado gave me my first glimpse into the legal system, and a deeper connection to the real people and lives that are impacted by decisions made by the courts.

I chose to become a lawyer because I believe in helping people who do not have the means or ability to help themselves. I understand that our legal system, while serving as a model to the world and offering any individual the opportunity to attain justice, can also be a complex labyrinth to navigate. I am dedicated to the interests of my clients and to helping them achieve their objectives.

Prior to attending law school, I worked in corporate finance as an analyst with Daisytek International, Inc., performing due diligence on commercial transactions, mergers, and acquisitions. I also worked in commercial real estate as an agent for The Weitzman Group, a commercial real estate firm. After realizing the benefits of an education in law, I attended the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Throughout law school, I worked for Denver Public Schools as a paraprofessional in an elementary school special education program focused on assisting emotionally-dysfunctional children. I also served as a clerk for Justice Jan Patterson on the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas. Following my clerkship, I gained criminal trial experience working with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. While pursuing my Juris Doctor at the University of Denver, I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, JD 2010
  • Rhodes College, Bachelor of Arts in International Business, 2001

EXPERIENCE:

  • Financial Analyst, Daisytek International, Inc.
  • Real Estate Agent, The Weitzman Group
  • Field Guide, Alternative Youth Adventures
  • Paraprofessional, Denver Public Schools
  • Private practice focus in Litigation, including Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations Law, and General Civil Litigation
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Colorado

Professional Memberships:

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • First Judicial Bar Association

Volunteer Activities:

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers – Volunteer Attorney
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Mentor

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