Project Description

Gregory James Smith

Special Counsel

Gregory James Smith works with home health and hospice agencies, provider networks, medical and technology enterprises, nonprofits, medical practices, physical therapy practices, chiropractic practices, dental practices, rehabilitation agencies, and related trade, professional, and charitable organizations. He also has extensive legal experience in business matters, including mergers, acquisitions, entity organization and operation, and contracting and regulatory compliance.

Gregory’s knowledge of health care and legal expertise has earned him teaching and counsel appointments, as well as a seat on the board of directors for Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. for twenty years. He is an affiliate faculty member in health care ethics at Regis University, an adjunct faculty member in the University of Denver’s graduate program in health care management, an adjunct faculty member at the School of Law of Loyola University Chicago and an adjunct instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition, he is counsel for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies; general counsel for the Home Care Association of Colorado; and general counsel for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Colorado Chapter.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, Gregory earned his juris doctorate from Cornell Law School. Throughout his legal career, he has continued to advance his education, earning a certificate in bioethics from Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics; a master’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities from the University of Colorado; and a master’s degree and a doctor of bioethics degree from the Stritch School of Medicine’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago. He has also completed graduate work in the Ignatian Scholars Program at Regis University.

Gregory grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, and has been married to his wife, Marcia, for almost fifty years. She is a professor emerita of physical therapy at Regis University. The Smith’s son, Patrick, is an audio engineer working in Colorado and at various events around the country.  The family enjoys travel, golf, reading, music and the arts. They also enjoy following the Colorado College Tigers ice hockey team, as well as local professional sports teams, especially the Broncos, Avalanche and Rockies.


  • Loyola University Chicago, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Stritch School of Medicine, M.A. and D.B.E.
  • University of Colorado, M.H.
  • Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Bioethics Certificate
  • Cornell Law School, J.D.
  • The Colorado College, B.A. cum laude with Distinction in History

Published Works

Smith, GJ.  Methodology in Catholic Bioethics: ANH and PVS Patients.  Bioethics in Faith and Practice, Vol.2: No. 1, Article 4 (2016). DOI: 10.15385/jbtp.2016.2.1.4.

Smith, GJ.  Health Care by Category is Unjust.  Journal of Medical Ethics (in preparation).

Smith MB, Scherer S, Page RL. Physical therapists’ knowledge and practice: NSAIDS, Analgesics and Nutritional Supplements. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 2005; 62: 1440-41. (Consultant).

Smith GJ, et al. Annual Survey of Colorado Law—Health Law. Annual Survey of Colorado Law. Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2002-2015.

Smith GJ, Chung S. Vicarious Liability of Professional Service Corporations. Colorado Bar Association Health Law Section Newsletter, June, 2002.

Smith GJ. NAC and Room 46: A profitable duet. Access. Nov., 1998.

Smith GJ. Contributor: Legal and Regulatory Topics for Physical Therapists. Mile High Newsletter and News-In-Brief, Colorado Chapter-APTA. 1988-present.

Smith MB, Scherer SA, Page RL, Smith GJ. Physical Therapist’s Knowledge, Practice and Attitudes toward Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), and Nutritional Supplements. HPA Resource. 2004; 4:1, 8-9, 14.

Thesis: Clinical Pragmatism and Bioethical Method. University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO. 2009.

Thesis: Domestic Opposition to the Early Cold War Policies of the United States: 1945-1947. The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo. 1969.

Associations & Memberships

  • Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations
  • Cornell Club of Colorado
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies
  • Home Care Association of Colorado
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
  • Hastings Center
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Pro Bono & Volunteer Activities

  • Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Board of Directors, Member

  • Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., Board of Directors, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors, Former Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Former Treasurer
  • Denver Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Joint Management Committee, CBA and DBA, Former Member
  • Tower Club, Cornell University Annual Fund, Former Colorado Chair
  • The Colorado College, Former Trustee
  • The Colorado College, Alumni Association Board, Former President
  • Cornell Law School Fund, Former Regional Chair
  • Good Shepherd Middle School, Development Committee, Former Member
  • Pack 54, United Methodist Church, Former Cub Master
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Former Member

Past Employment

  • Hamilton Faatz P.C., Health Care Group Chair
  • Burns Wall Smith and Mueller P.C., Shareholder
  • U.S. Army, Adjutant General’s Corps, Second Lieutenant, 1970-1973

Honors & Awards

  • Lloyd E. Worner Award, The Colorado College
  • William E. Doyle Award, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.
  • Fellow Emeritus, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Best Poster Presentation, Health Policy and Administration, APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Pi Gamma Mu Honor Fraternity