Sheldon Smith

(303) 866-0490
Adjunct Professor

Sheldon H. Smith is a partner in Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP’s tax group, advising clients on ERISA, executive compensation, and fiduciary duties.

Mr. Smith represents public and private companies and governmental organizations in assisting them with employee benefit matters. He has crafted a number of “state of the art” types of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, with a focus on saving taxes and providing effective tools for productivity and profitability.

Since 1980, Mr. Smith had been a member of either the adjunct or visiting faculties of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He received his undergraduate degree (B.A.) from Washington University in St. Louis and both of his law degrees (J.D. and LL.M. (taxation)) from the University of Denver.

Mr. Smith has been one of the country’s foremost continuing professional education instructors for thirty years. He has presented seminars and given speeches in most of the states to many diverse types of professional groups, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, more than thirty different state societies of CPAs, the National Tax Institute, the University of Denver, Western Pension & Benefits Conference, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), the Minnesota Tax Conference, the Iowa Tax Institute, Accountants Education Services, IACEBS, the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents, the College for Financial Planning, Financial Planners Association, banking and insurance organizations, and others. Mr. Smith has written numerous articles and course materials in his area of expertise.

Mr. Smith has served as president of the Denver Tax Group. He has been a member of the Western Pension and Benefits Conference since 1986 and has served as its President and as President of the Denver Chapter. Mr. Smith is the Immediate Past President of ASPPA and sits on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mr. Smith was honored in 2009 as the Outstanding Alumni Law Star by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Mr. Smith is a Fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and has been selected to “Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers”, “The Best Lawyers in America”, “Who’s Who in American Law”, “Who’s Who in American Education”, and as a Colorado Super Lawyer. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association. Mr. Smith is admitted to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Tax Court, the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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