Milton “Skip” Smith
Milton “Skip” Smith


Phone: 719.448.4010

Fax: 719.635.4576

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Legal Secretary

Joyce Chase

Areas of Emphasis


Space Law


Litigation, Trials & Appeals


  • Doctorate, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, 1989
  • LL.M., Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, 1984
  • Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1973
Representative Matters

Aerospace & Defense

  • Represented defense contractors in litigation involving the U.S. government with values over $300 million
  • Drafted launch services agreements for government and private sector clients
  • Represented steel fireproofing subcontractor against major prime contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Site resulting in favorable settlement of multi million dollar claims
  • Litigated major multi-district cases for the Air Force including asbestos, Agent Orange and aviation accidents, and international arbitration for the Department of State (Iran – U.S. Claims Tribunal)
  • Served as Legal Advisor to Air Force Frequency Management Center, and Legal Advisor to Air Force Space Panel charged with planning the purchase and operation of space assets
  • Served as Legal Advisor to U.S. Delegation in Geneva at ITU Conference on satellite communication
  • Served as Director of Space Law at U.S. Space Command, and Chief of Space Law at Air Force Headquarters, the Pentagon


  • Represented general contractor JV in negotiation of dam construction contract in excess of $400 million
  • Represented owner against design and contractor parties in 5-star hotel construction litigation. Negotiated multi million dollar settlement in mediation involving five parties, multiple insurance carriers, and excess carriers
  • Obtained $6.5 million arbitration award on behalf of general contractor in five week arbitration of differing site conditions and other changes experienced during highway tunnel construction
  • Obtained $2.2 million arbitration award, including an award of attorneys’ fees, on behalf of subcontractor in three week arbitration of multiple claims experienced during highway-widening project on a mountain pass
  • Successfully asserted over 20 claims on behalf of contractors and subcontractors on CDOT highway projects
  • Successfully prosecuted claims against U.S. government in U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Boards of Contract Appeals
Professional Activities
  • Director, International Institute of Space Law (“IISL”)
  • Director, Pikes Peak Chapter, American Red Cross
  • Member American Bar Association Litigation Section, Construction Committee, and Forum Committees on Air & Space and on the Construction Industry
  • American Arbitration Association Arbitrator, Construction and Commercial Panels
  • Co-Chair, AGC Southern Colorado Membership Committee
  • President, Association of U.S. Members of the IISL
  • Regional Organizer of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, North American Region
  • Former Chair, Aerospace Law Committee, International Law Section, American Bar Association.
  • Former Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado School of Law, 2012-present, Commercial Space Law
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver, College of Law, 1986 – 1988, Space Law and Policy
  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, National Law Center, 1989 – 1993, International Air and Space Law
Honors and Awards
  • International Institute of Space Law, Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2019), Litigation – Construction (2013-2020)
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

  • Space Law with Skip Smith
    Colorado Lawyer
    March 30, 2018
  • NASA Nominee: James Bridenstine – A Lightning Rod for Change
    Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space
    September 8, 2017


Recent Publications


Recent Presentations

  • The Outer Space Treaty and Colorado Space Business
    Secure World Foundation and Sherman & Howard Space Law Presentation
    May 2017
  • What You Need to Know About Space Law, Commercial Space Activities, and Small Satellites Sherman & Howard Space Law Webinar
    November 2016
  • Construction Delays
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Springs Construction Law Seminar
    November 2016
  • Dispute Resolution Boards – Obtaining the Best Result
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Construction Law Seminar
    February 2016
  • How to Settle a Construction Case
    Sherman & Howard Annual Construction Seminar
    October 2015
  • Frequent speaker on various construction and space law topics nationally and internationally.