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 Respected representation of clients in development projects, tax credits, financing, leasing, and the purchase and sale of properties. Strength in a range of sectors including retail and hospitality.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Beverly Quail handles a wide array of matters including acquisitions, leasings and refinancings. 

Chris Payne is particularly strong in real estate matters pertaining to the hotel and leisure sector. Sources say that he is "very smart and can take complex things, organize them and boil them down." 

Significant clients Breckenridge Grand Vacations.

What the team is known for Compact firm with a strong reputation for construction law matters. Experience in handling a wide array of contentious matters including delay claims, insurance issues and defect claims.

Notable practitioners  

James Benjamin manages the firm's real estate and business transactional department. Benjamin's practice encompasses areas such as lending, sales and purchases and leasing. 

Litigator Alvin Cohen is recognized for his tenacious representation of clients in construction disputes. His clients include contractors, subcontractors, homebuilders and developers. 

Janet Lawler McDaniel handles contentious and noncontentious construction matters. Industry insiders refer to her as "a solid lawyer who knows her stuff."

What the team is known for Longstanding reputation as one of the leading firms in Colorado for real estate. Handles work in both the commercial and residential spaces, covering a range of matters including financings, leasings, acquisitions and redevelopment work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive, flexible, strategic, and can offer sound business and political advice."

"Very business-savvy. They understand what's important to us as a client."

Work highlights Represented NewMark Merrill Mountain States in connection with its $85 million purchase of Twin Peaks Mall. This involved the redevelopment of the property, as well as negotiating a public financing package worth $27 million.

Acted for Guggenheim Partners in connection with the negotiation of a $100 million construction loan for the development of a hotel in Las Vegas.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Barad wins admiration from sources for his "great style and ability to negotiate complex deals." Barad represents private equity firms and investors in a range of commercial real estate matters.

The "smart, practical and reasonable" Bruce James is recognized for his transactional and development-oriented real estate practice. James's clients include lenders, developers and investors. He is also particularly noted for his work in the hotel and leisure sector.

Significant clients ACF Property Management, Caesars Entertainment, Fortress Investment Group, Goldberg Development, Qdoba Restaurant Corporation.

What the team is known for Recognized expertise in residential and commercial real estate. Representation of lenders, investors, purchasers and developers in the full range of financings, development and transactional matters.  

Work highlights Acted for Real Capital Solutions on its $250 million purchase of distressed condominiums and land for development projects.

Represented Diversified Capital Total Realty Operating Partnership in relation to a $620 million syndicated term loan by Bank of America. A revolving credit facility was also arranged.

Notable practitioners  

The very knowledgeable Robert Bach continues to be considered one of the state's leading real estate lawyers. He handles matters ranging from development projects to lending issues, acquisitions and sales.

Robert Holmes is considered by sources to be a terrific lawyer who is knowledgeable and practical and who has a very positive, practical demeanor. Holmes recently advised Citicorp on the refinancing of an existing loan for a hotel in Beverly Hills.

Significant clients Alliance Commercial Partners, Citicorp North America, Hexagon Investments, RedPeak Properties, Urban Ventures.

What the team is known for Strong reputation in the Colorado real estate market, handling a full range of transactional and financing matters in relation to office, retail, industrial and residential properties. Also noted for its presence in contentious and noncontentious construction matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are exceptionally professional and competent in their areas of practice. Top-notch."

"For client service, commercial awareness and general operations I would give them the highest rating possible." 

Work highlights Represented The Monroe Group in the redevelopment of a 188-unit complex. This involved procuring an equity investment and a $12 million public offering bond financing.

Acted for The Monroe Group on the drafting and negotiation of a design-build contract for a residential development in Glenwood Springs.

Notable practitioners  

Diane Davies is head of the firm's real estate group, and is classed as an attorney who "possesses the highest degree of professionalism, technical ability and awareness of client objectives." Areas of expertise include real estate titles, commercial lending, leasing and development.

The "very knowledgeable" David Arkell is recognized for his capabilities in contentious and noncontentious construction matters.

Charles Calvin offers a transactional real estate practice with a focus on financing and commercial projects. One interviewee attests: "He is able to come up with practical solutions and he is results-oriented."

Significant clients Agrium, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Sinclair Oil, Xcel Energy.

What the team is known for Denver-headquartered national firm that is well equipped to handle a full range of real estate matters on behalf of clients such as developers, property owners, lenders and investors. Industry-specific experience with respect to a range of sectors, notably including the oil and gas industry. Additional strength in contentious and noncontentious construction law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A well-rounded firm with expertise in many areas. That is why we selected them."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Shea Properties in connection with the $25 million purchase of Reunion Marketplace shopping center. The deal involves the redevelopment of the property and the sale of retail units in the center.  

Represented Peak Properties & Development in relation to the $24 million disposition of 220 apartment units. The matter included due diligence and the negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Bridston is considered to be one of the state's preeminent construction litigators. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in construction disputes at state, federal and appellate levels.

Rebecca Dow handles commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate matters. Clients note that "she really goes above and beyond in terms of being responsive." 

The "excellent" Beat Steiner is most prominent in real estate matters pertaining to the leisure and hotel industry. Steiner advises clients on matters including the purchase, sale, leasing and development of properties.

Elizabeth Sharrer has a broad real estate practice and works with a range of commercial developers and investors on the financing, purchase and sale of real estate.

Of counsel Robert Benson has a wealth of experience in construction litigation. He is particularly recognized for his expertise in arbitration and mediation.

Significant clients Bank of the West, Coburn Development, Freewave Technologies, Main Street Power, Smartwool.

What the team is known for Expertise pertaining to real estate matters in a range of sectors such as homebuilding, hospitality, transportation and healthcare. Handling of all matters from financing and acquisition to development and operation. 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Forest City Hawaii on the development of a community complex of 2,300 new homes.

The firm represents Stonetown Investors in its acquisition of manufactured housing parks in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana and North Dakota.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Paul Jacobs is known particularly for his work in the sports arena space. Clients affirm that he is "very successful for getting new stadiums built and structuring those arrangements."

Kevin Kelley acted for Regional Transport District on the redevelopment of Union Station in Denver. His areas of excellence include acquisition, development and financing matters.

Significant clients City of Sacramento, Regional Transportation District, Sterling Ranch, Xanterra, Stonetown Group.

What the team is known for Highly regarded transactional and finance real estate practice. Clients include developers, lenders, investors and title insurers. Additional strength in land use and zoning matters, and recognized capability in restructurings and workouts.

Work highlights Continued to represent US Bank in construction and real estate financings, including a senior loan facility secured by a number of self-storage properties across the country.

Represented MDC Property Services in its ongoing acquisition of retail and office real estate in five states. Matters handled include entity formation, financings and leasings.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Ragonetti is considered to be the "dean of the Bar," notes one market observer. Ragonetti is highly experienced in a range of commercial and residential real estate matters and land use law.

Peers regard Michael Westover as "one of the smartest and most practical" attorneys in the field. Westover's areas of expertise include financing transactions on behalf of financial institutions such as AIG, ANB Bank and Colorado Business Bank.

John Sternberg handles a range of transactional and development work including financing, leasing, sale and acquisition.

Steven Cohen recently joined the team from Husch Blackwell LLP. While at his prior firm he advised Stonetown Investors on its acquisition and improvement of numerous manufactured housing parks throughout the country. One interviewee comments: "He does a very good job in understanding the multiple parties and their objectives."

Significant clients Belleview Station, MDC Property Services, US Bank National Association, The Jones District.

What the team is known for Enters the rankings after receiving impressive market feedback for its construction law practice. Strength in all aspects of construction litigation is allied with a noted commitment to dispute avoidance. Industry-specific experience with respect to a range of sectors including industrial, sports and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The results they have delivered have really been fantastic." 

Work highlights Defended Kiewit Building Group in a construction dispute with a subcontractor over the defective build and delay of a project.

Represented Catholic Health Initiatives in relation to the negotiation of contracts for the construction of a large healthcare project.

Notable practitioners  

Construction law expert Roy Bash is a "strategic thinker," say sources, one of whom states that he "gets excellent results." He recently advised Weitz in litigation stemming from a $300 million mixed-use development in Vail.

The "highly regarded" Eugene Commander is recognized for his strength in the construction arena. Commander is particularly noted for his experience in construction law mediations and arbitrations.

Significant clients Kiewit Building Group, Black & Veatch, Catholic Health Initiatives, JE Dunn Construction, The Flintco Companies.

What the team is known for Continues to impress with its depth and breadth of practice. The team represents clients in land acquisitions, developments and construction matters across an array of sectors including retail, hotel and leisure, business and agriculture.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service from the firm has been very positive. They are timely with their response to questions and identification of key issues that need to be addressed."

"I am very impressed with them. They do great on short deadlines and provide solid legal work, plus give good advice about what is customary."

Work highlights Represented The Related Companies in the $149.6 million purchase of a mixed-use development in Snowmass. Matters handled include project acquisition and land use and zoning issues. 

Acted for Stresscon in insurance coverage litigation stemming from a construction accident in Fort Carson.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Brown recently acted for Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center on its construction, with a real estate investment trust, of a medical office building. One interviewee reports: "Bob is what you look for in an outside counsel. He gives clear answers, he's concise and he gets to the bottom line. He gets me what I need to make a decision."

Michael Cook is a highly talented construction litigator and mediator. Interviewees name him as a "great person to work with," and hold him in high regard as a "strategic thinker" and "proactive attorney."  

Rebecca Fischer offers a broad real estate practice with particular focus on the resort space. Sources attest that she is "competent to address any of the most sophisticated questions in detail. She makes transactions enjoyable and she provides a real service to her clients."

Bret Gunnell heads the firm's construction team and is rated highly by peers for his strong litigation practice. He additionally handles arbitrations and mediations in the field. Sources say he is "very capable and a good trial lawyer." 

The "very detail-oriented" Diana Wendel offers an impressive transactional real estate practice. Sources cite her "good negotiation preparations and quick understanding of the issues."

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

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The respected Chris Kinsman recently joined Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP from Bryan Cave LLP. While at his prior firm, Kinsman recently acted for Mill Creek Residential Trust on a number of matters including the acquisition, development and leasing of several Denver apartment communities.

Stephen Kaplan of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP is noted specifically for his public finance and land use work. Peers say that he brings with him a wealth of experience from his work as Denver City Attorney, and regard him as a "great young lawyer."

Peers brand Sarah Rockwell of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP as a "really smart" attorney who is strong on the government side of land use matters.

Benjamin Ochoa of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP enters the rankings this year having received strong feedback for his construction law practice. Clients remark that he is "very sharp about understanding technical details in the industry." 

Lawrence Donovan recently joined Senn Visciano Canges P.C. from Ryley Carlock & Applewhite. Donovan is praised for his "top-notch technical expertise" in real estate law. He handles matters including acquisitions, development and financing.

Barry Permut of Senn Visciano Canges P.C. is highly knowledgeable in the commercial real estate sphere. Areas of expertise include acquisitions, disposals and financings.

Mark Senn of Senn Visciano PC is widely considered to be one of the "best leasing lawyers in town." Sources comment that there is "not anyone more knowledgeable about leasing than him."

Daniel Frost of Snell & Wilmer LLP is classed as a "first-rate construction lawyer." Peers say that he is "smart, effective" and that he "knows the field extremely well."

Market observers have nothing but the highest praise for Karen Samuels Jones of Stinson Leonard Street LLP. She is particularly noted for her expertise in loan foreclosures, receiverships and workouts. Sources attest that Jones is "a strong negotiator, but does so with the right perspective, pushing for the issues that matter most to the client."

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.