Real Estate

Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Real Estate - Colorado


What the team is known for Advises clients on a range of matters, including real estate financing, acquisitions and dispositions. Clients include investment banks, housing authorities and industrial developers. 

Notable practitioners  

Beverly Quail is "well known for having expertise across an array of real estate areas," with a particular emphasis on financings and developments. She is noted as "one of the leading lending lawyers in the country."

Chris Payne focuses on real estate work in the hotels and leisure sector and has an international element to his practice. Clients appreciate his strong analytical ability.

What the team is known for Specialist Denver-based construction and real estate firm that advises on litigation and transactional work. As well as its work for businesses, the team regularly advises individuals on a range of real estate needs.

Notable practitioners  

James Benjamin regularly works on sales, purchases, leases and lending in the real estate sector. He manages the real estate and business transaction team and is well regarded by peers.

Alvin Cohen is highly respected as "a standout lawyer" in his field. He has a wealth of experience representing businesses in construction and real estate-related litigation, and is also known for his "superb" work as an arbitrator.

Janet Lawler McDaniel is noted as a "great construction law attorney" by impressed sources. She has a great deal of experience representing construction professionals and businesses involved in real estate. 

What the team is known for High-level team praised for its business-oriented and cross-departmental approach. Offers expertise in all areas of real estate and in complementary practices including finance, disputes and construction.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are able to manage workloads to meet critical timings. They are also creative in development solutions related to complicated transactions."

"Very aware of the complexities of a transaction and the emotions involved. They are also sensitive to the overall economics."

Notable practitioners  

Edward Barad "possesses a wealth of experience, good business judgment and legal knowledge," according to one peer, while another calls him "the dean of real estate." He represents local and national investors in real estate and corporate infrastructure.

Bruce James is noted as "a very good strategic thinker and excellent negotiator" as well as being "very good at bringing parties together." He focuses on developing resort and hotel properties as well as urban redevelopment projects.

Significant clients NewMark Merrill Mountain States, Goldberg Development, ACF Property Management, Zocalo Development, Fortress Investment Group.

What the team is known for A respected offering across a wide range of real estate issues. Well known for the strength of its finance work for institutional lenders.

Work highlights Represented a number of REITs in association with numerous syndicated credit facilities totaling around $850 million.

Advised Ever West Partners in an acquisition of leasehold interests in a number of condominium units in the Plaza Vista Office Tower in Kansas City.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Bach is lauded by interviewees as an insightful and detail-oriented attorney. He is highly experienced representing developers and owners in all parts of real estate transactions, including regional developers and publicly traded entities.

The well-regarded Robert Holmes is known for the depth of his knowledge on foreclosure issues. Holmes is experienced in all aspects of real estate transactions.

Significant clients Warwick International Hotels, Wells Fargo, Cimarex, Commerce Bank, Citibank.

What the team is known for Experienced across all areas of real estate issues, including specialty properties such as airports and medical and sporting facilities. Standout construction team handling work for a range of clients, including contractors and developers.

Work highlights Represented Dillard's Properties and successfully challenged Longmont City's ability to invoke a 'title vesting' statute and expedite a shopping mall development worth $80 million through the faster transferal of Dillard's property.

Notable practitioners  

Diane Davies impresses sources with her detail-oriented and committed approach to transactions. Her work includes advising on real estate titles, leasing, development and commercial real estate sales.

Charles Calvin represents a range of parties in commercial and corporate transactions. He gains particular praise for his strong negotiation and technical skills.

David Arkell is highly experienced litigator with a focus on alternative dispute resolution. He represents a range of clients in construction law including sureties, contractors and suppliers.

Significant clients Xcel Energy, Sinclair Oil, Lincoln Property Company, Agrium, Mortenson Development.

What the team is known for Broad practice that acts for clients including developers, investors and fund managers. Work includes advice on retail centers, hotel and leisure resorts and planned communities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have great attorneys who not only understand the legal issues, but also understand business."

Work highlights Represented CoPERA in its $30 million acquisition of a 75% membership interest of an industrial portfolio.

Advised Swinerton Construction to renegotiate a multiyear lease for its San Francisco headquarters.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Pockross leads the team and is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients EnviroFinance, PIRET USA, Brookfield Residential, Conn's, Barclays Capital Real Estate.

What the team is known for Represents a wide variety of clients, including pension funds and land developers. Full-service practice covering a broad range of real estate transactions, including sale and development work as well as acquisitions and financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The attorneys at the firm who perform work for our organization are all highly qualified, diligent and responsive."

"The performance has been excellent. They have been very responsive and seem really fair on our billings."

Work highlights Represented Shea Properties in its acquisition and subsequent development of a shopping center in Commerce City. The team also advised on the sale of retail units in the center.

Advised Hospitality Receiver on the annexation of an 11-acre site in Sterling, Colorado. The deal required a series of negotiations and agreements with key stakeholders. 

Notable practitioners  

Rebecca Dow advises on design development, green building and construction. One impressed peer notes: "She is particularly good at representing developers as well as being on top of upcoming legislative developments." 

Elizabeth Sharrer is chair of the firm and focuses her practice on real estate and advice relating to construction and resorts. She is known for being "thoughtful and respectful of the needs of tenants."

Kevin Bridston is respected by peers as someone who "relates well to clients, is very knowledgeable and understands the industry and the law very well." He recently advised Crown Holdings Capital on the acquisition of Brown Palace Hotel.

According to peers, Beat Steiner "is extremely intelligent and has a lot of experience on complex transactions." He regularly advises on M&A and corporate finance, and has notable expertise in relation to ski resorts.

Robert Benson is a highly experienced and respected attorney who "wrote the book on construction law." He is an alternative dispute resolution specialist with expertise on mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation.

Significant clients Coburn Development, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Bank of the West, Crow Holdings Capital Partners, Rio Grande Restaurants.

What the team is known for Advises across a wide range of real estate and construction issues, including work relating to mixed-use communities, railroads, sports facilities and healthcare. Praised for the degree and range of its expertise and knowledge.  

Work highlights Represented Wagonhound Land & Livestock in the annexation and development of a 1,300 acre mixed-use community.

Engaged by Forest City Hawaii to create a master-planned community including up to 2,300 residential units and a commercial development.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Jacobs is respected by his peers as one of the deans in the real estate market. He has a strong involvement in major league sport transactions, with a track record of structuring agreements for new stadiums and related endeavors.  

Kevin Kelley is noted for his extremely thorough and effective approach to matters. His work includes multifamily development, senior housing and urban redevelopment.  

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Host Hotels, Beaver Creek Resort, Confluence Companies, National Storage Affiliates.

What the team is known for Premier real estate team that wins praise for its versatility and problem-solving capabilities. Full-service group known for large-scale condemnations, public-private financing and litigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have excellent attorneys and have provided services to us in many facets of real estate law."

Work highlights 

Worked with the National Western Stock Show in relation to the condemnation of a light rail line parcel which ran through the center of the company's grounds.

Dealing with ongoing construction and permanent financing transactions on behalf of US Bank. One recent highlight is a senior loan facility secured by nearly 30 self-storage properties across six states.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Ragonetti is "highly regarded and very well connected." He has a broad practice and works on government regulation, land use and public-private transactions. He has over 30 years' experience dealing with real estate law in Colorado.

Steven Cohen is a highly experienced commercial real estate transaction lawyer. He has expertise in acquisitions, joint ventures and debt-equity financing, among other areas. Peers note him as "a very reasonable and diligent guy who does a really nice job."

Michael Westover has a wealth of experience representing clients including investors, developers and property owners across a broad range of matters. He is an expert on real estate finance and is considered "a phenomenal attorney" by peers.

John Sternberg works on leasing, construction financing and site acquisition and disposition work for commercial developers. Impressed sources say he is "extremely helpful and respectful of what the client wants."

What the team is known for Construction specialist that represents clients in all aspects of transactions, from financing and acquisition to development and leasing. Has a broad range of related practice areas, including equity, infrastructure and government incentives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their performance was excellent. They worked whatever hours were necessary with complete professionalism and efficiency."

"It is a strong firm with a breadth of resources and an ability to handle large cases effectively." 

Work highlights Advised Kiewit Building Group, in its role as general contractor, on defending a $7 million damages claim by a mechanical subcontractor.

Notable practitioners  

Roy Bash has a wealth of experience in construction and advises clients on projects as well as representing them at dispute resolution processes. He is chair of the firm's construction, energy and real estate litigation practice.

Eugene Commander's "strong relationships with the local legal community" allow him to "keep people moving in the same direction and get things done." He helps construction industry clients to manage and resolve disputes on private and public projects.

Significant clients Brickey Construction, San Juan Construction, JE Dunn Construction, The Weitz Company, Black & Veatch.

What the team is known for Denver-based team that represents clients in the real estate and construction industry. Areas of expertise include real estate transactions including acquisition financing, leasing and development of commercial real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are not big but in general real estate matters they are quite excellent." 

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Donovan is known by his peers as "a very skilled commercial real estate lawyer, especially on acquisitions, leasings and financial transactions." He brings broad-based real estate experience to the practice and is notable for being a "capable negotiator."

Mark Senn is known by one impressed peer as "the first name you think of in leasing," while another calls him "the guru in leasing." As well as being preeminent in that space, he is also an expert on broader real estate matters.

Barry Permut has a broad commercial real estate practice and regularly acts for developers. Sources praise his problem-solving ability, saying: "He is very good at coming up with solutions to make transactions work."

What the team is known for Advises across a wide range of matters, including complex financings and commercial leases. Impressive client list includes contractors, consultants and developers from across the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The client service is excellent - the people I interact with have an awareness of economic conditions and are up to date in the latest developments in the law."

"I have been very pleased with the firm's work. I trust their experience and expertise completely."  

Work highlights Represented Harvey L. Saipe in a deal to finance, acquire, construct and help in the operation of four 800-plus unit self-storage facilities. 

Provided project documentation on behalf of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center for its agreement to build a medical office which would be owned as two separate estates.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Brown has over three decades of experience in real estate and is well known and highly regarded by his peers. He is valued for his subject area expertise, with one source singling him out as someone to go to with unusual matters.

Diana Wendel regularly advises on commercial real estate transactions. She is able to "quickly grasp business goals and present not only the legal and transactional risks but also practical solutions and risk mitigation strategies."

Michael Cook is a mediator and trial lawyer who works on construction issues for both businesses and public bodies. He is highly respected in his field, and peers state that he "has great experience and the great ability to resolve matters early."

Rebecca Fischer has a wealth of experience advising clients across the residential, resort, ranch and mixed-use communities sectors. Peers state that "she is extremely good and has represented major clients for years."

Bret Gunnell is "very active and effective" in the areas of construction and litigation. He is notable for his courtroom expertise, with one source saying: "His trial skills set him apart from other construction attorneys in the country."

Significant clients East West Partners, Starwood Capital Group Global, The Related Companies, Protective Life Insurance.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Chris Kinsman of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP advises on real estate development, affordable housing, construction and mortgage lending law. He is praised as being "very knowledgeable and extremely effective at what he does."

Stephen Kaplan of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP has a "fine reputation" for his work in negotiating complex public-private partnerships from both sides of the table. He brings a great deal of experience as the city attorney of Denver to his practice.

Sarah Rockwell of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP is "very knowledgeable in the public-private intersection area." Her practice is broad and includes work relating to land use and public sector negotiations.

Ben Ochoa of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP is valued by his clients for being able to provide "a high degree of expertise." He advises a wide range of construction clients on real estate, commercial litigation and construction matters.

Daniel Frost of Snell & Wilmer LLP represents owners, engineers, contractors and developers in infrastructure transactions and construction disputes. He is known to his peers as "a terrific strategist and a gentleman."

Karen Samuels Jones of Stinson Leonard Street LLP is valued by one impressed client who comments on her "attention to detail," going on to say: "She is very caring and very knowledgeable about the subject." 

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.