Real Estate - Colorado
THE FIRM This Colorado giant houses a top-notch real estate and construction bench. The group maintains a very diversified practice encompassing leasing, acquisitions, developments and sales. On the construction side, the firm is expert in advising owners on contractual issues, and also handles construction-related disputes. Clients include CoBiz Bank, Westpac Investments and East West Partners.
Sources say: "They are responsive, aggressive, good listeners and helpful. They take the time to understand my goals and help our team work toward those goals."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the group Robert Brown has a strong focus on transactional work. He is singled out for his excellent commerciality; as one client puts it, "he is able to practically apply the law to our business needs, and that is what we value the most."
The "levelheaded" and "business-oriented" Michael Cook is considered to be a "top strategic thinker." Armed with significant experience, he helps clients with construction litigation and transactional matters. One client notes: "That broad experience and knowledge base means he can grasp the big picture quickly and dispense advice."
Rebecca Fischer is described by a source as "one of the strongest lawyers you could get anywhere." She specializes in the hotels and resorts sector, where her practice encompasses construction financing, acquisition and development.
"Knowledgeable and courteous" Bret Gunnell is a trial specialist who takes on cases across the country, but most often in Colorado and Utah. His excellent reputation is endorsed by clients, one of whom explains: "If we have a major litigation, he is the guy we turn to."
Experienced attorney Diana Wendel has a broad-based real estate practice which covers sales and acquisitions, financing and leasing. She is praised for her responsiveness and her technical ability.