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Gregory James Smith

Special Counsel

Gregory James Smith is Special Counsel at Caplan & Earnest. He 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.

Mr. Smith’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 more than 20 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, Mr. Smith 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 earning his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, Mr. Smith 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.


  • Cornell Law School, J.D.
  • Colorado College, B.A. cum laudewith Distinction in History
  • 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

Professional Credentials & Activities

  • Admitted to practice law in Colorado
  • Recipient, Colorado College’s Lloyd E. Worner Award
  • Recipient, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado’s William E. Doyle Award
  • Fellow Emeritus, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Former Trustee, Colorado College
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum
  • Former Member of the Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association
  • Former Treasurer and Member of the Board of Governors, Denver Bar Association
  • Former Member of the Board of Governors, Denver Bar Foundation
  • Former President, Colorado College Alumni Association Board
  • Member of the Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Member, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies
  • Member, Home Care Association of Colorado
  • Member, Medical Group Management Association
  • Member, Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum
  • Member, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
  • Member, Hastings Center
  • Member, Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Published Works

  • Smith, GJ.  Methodology in Catholic Bioethics: ANH and PVS Patients.  Bioethics in Faith and Practice, 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.
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