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Described by Denver’s top-ranked law firms as a “smart and tenacious litigator” who is “a real go getter,” Ms. Smith brings energy, passion, and skill to all legal matters she handles. Her knowledge and experience is matched by her unwavering commitment to her clients, who have characterized her as “highly responsive, detail oriented, systematic, straight shooting, sharp and tough,” and “righteous, compassionate, and morally driven,” with an “incredible work ethic, confident demeanor, and capable mind.”

Ms. Smith earned her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1995. Ms. Smith then embarked on her law career in Boston, Massachusetts, working as an associate attorney in the Business Litigation Department of a large international law firm. By her second year as a lawyer, Ms. Smith had already second-chaired two high stakes business trials, both of which ended in victories for the firm’s clients.

In 1999, Ms. Smith returned to her home state of Colorado to work in the Litigation Department of Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley, LLC. While at JCFKK, Ms. Smith added to her practice repertoire the area of employment law defense. As an employment defense litigator, Ms. Smith learned to navigate complicated state and federal employment laws and procedures, and was taught all the standard strategies utilized by the employment defense bar. In or around 2006, Ms. Smith discovered her untapped potential as a plaintiff’s attorney and became a partner in Starrs Mihm, LLP. In 2012, Ms. Smith left Starrs Mihm to become the managing partner of the Denver office of Freking & Betz, LLC. In 2015, Ms. Smith opened The Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith, LLC.

Since 2006, Ms. Smith has almost exclusively represented individual plaintiffs in employment and business related matters. Her practice now focuses on advocating for victims of workplace discrimination and harassment, and for whistleblowers. Ms. Smith has helped many grateful clients get their careers back on track after employer wrongdoing derailed them, obtaining millions in recovery for employees and whistleblowers across the country. Her accomplishments include obtaining what are believed to be the two the largest settlements in single plaintiff employment cases in Colorado history. Ms. Smith takes great pride in her work and enjoys “doing well by doing the right thing.”

Admissions

  • Massachusetts State and Federal District Courts, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1997
  • Colorado State and Federal District Court, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2012
  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice in additional jurisdictions

Education

  • Mares-Dixon Mediator Certification, 2010
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2003
  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, J.D., 1995
  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, B.A., 1990, Magna cum laude
  • Colorado Academy, 1986

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
  • Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA)
  • Denver Bar Association (DBA)

Publications

Ms. Smith frequently writes on topics pertinent to her law practice. Her publications include:

  • Qui Tam and Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuits under the False Claims Act: Overview of the Law and Practical Advice for Maximizing Results: Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) Trial Talk, June/July/2014
  • Corporate Whistleblower Retaliation Claims in Colorado, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) Trial Talk, June/July/2012
  • Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Issues, Chapter 19: Employment Issues, CLE Colorado, Inc., November 2011
  • Documenting Staff Performance, National Ski Area Association Journal, February, 1997
  • Job Interviews: What You Can and Can’t Ask – Tips for Minimizing Risk in the Hiring Process

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Smith frequently lectures on topics pertinent to her law practice. Her speaking engagements have included:

  • Drafting Powerful Demand Letters, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Annual Convention, June, 2013
  • Corporate Whistleblower Retaliation Claims in Colorado, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA) Annual Convention, August, 2012
  • Managers’ Round Table on Employment Law and Human Resource Issues, National Ski Area Association Annual Convention, March, 2006
  • Employment Law Overview: Tips for Minimizing Risk in Hiring and Other Employment Processes, Private Seminar for Small Colorado Businesses, August, 2005

Practice Areas

  • Over 75% of Ms. Smith’s law practice is devoted to representing individuals in employment related disputes in the areas of:
    • Employment Law & Litigation
    • Whistleblower Law & Litigation
    • Business Litigation
  • Employer Consulting
  • Mediator Services

Personal

Ms. Smith was raised in Colorado and nicknamed “Booka” by her brother, who at the age of two, was unable to pronounce “Elizabeth.” Booka is an avid alpine ski racer and a bike racer. She ski races and bike races like she litigates: “full speed ahead!” Booka was an NCAA Division II collegiate ski racer and she currently ski races in USSA Masters competitions. She won a silver medal in the slalom and a bronze medal in the super-giant slalom at the Masters World Championships in 2012. Booka is also a member of the Boulder Orthopedics Masters Cycling Team and routinely races to podium finishes as a CAT3/40+. Booka enjoys spending time with her family and her two children, who are also dedicated ski racers. Booka spends weekends in the winter season coaching her children and their teammates in the alpine race program at Team Summit Colorado.

Downtown:
1624 Market Street, Suite 202
Denver, CO, 80202

Tel (303) 876-0575
Silverthorne:
56 Road L, P.O. Box 601
Silverthorne, CO, 80498

Tel (303) 876-0575

Additional offices for meetings available in:
Boulder; Broomfield/Interlocken; Cherry Creek; Aurora; Downtown Denver; Denver Tech Center; Golden/ Lakewood; Littleton; Louisville and Park Meadows/Highlands Ranch

Disclaimer: Nothing in this website is intended in any way to form an attorney-client relationship or other contract. It is designed solely to provide general information about the practice at the Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith. Be mindful of any deadlines you have approaching that relate to your legal situation, and make sure you meet them. The Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith does not assume any responsibility for advice given regarding any aspect of your case until you have a signed legal services agreement engaging the firm’s representation. Though the Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith may provide a free initial consultation, the firm retains complete discretion in every case to decide whether or not to take your case. The Law Offices of Elizabeth “Booka” Smith makes no guarantees, warranties, or predictions about your case, and past success of Booka Smith or the firm does not ensure the results will be the same.