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Jessica Smith


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Jessica Smith leads Holland & Hart’s nationwide Religious Institutions and First Amendment practice group and is a member of its Commercial Litigation Group.

Jessica handles a wide variety of matters in the Religious Institutions and First Amendment Group, including defamation, reporter’s privilege, Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the Federal Constitution, their state analogues, tax exemptions, and other key legal doctrines specific to the First Amendment. Jessica also counsels and represents clients on other state and federal constitutional subjects, including takings, cruel and unusual punishment, due process, equal protection, and governmental immunity.

As a member of the Commercial Litigation Group, Jessica represents businesses in state and federal court, mediation, and formal arbitration proceedings. She has experience handling bet-the-company litigation for clients, and her practice focuses on complex commercial disputes in the areas of breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate, and other business-related issues.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Jessica clerked for the Honorable Gregory Phillips on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and for the Honorable Gregory Hobbs on the Colorado Supreme Court.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™, Appellate Practice, 2023; Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2019-2022

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member 
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member 
  • University of Colorado Law Review, Alumni Advisory Board

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