James, Bruce A.

Bruce James is a distinguished practitioner noted for his expertise in hospitality developments and mixed-used projects. One source praises his "pragmatic approach," and adds that he is able to "see the forest through the trees and get things done." - Chambers USA, 2020

 

Thirty years guiding notable real estate projects in Denver. Significant experience in hotel and resort developments across the nation. Exceptional community leader.

Bruce James’ clients value his expansive expertise in public/private partnerships, hotel and resort properties, urban redevelopment projects and complex joint ventures. He brings a roster of local and national successes—the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Union Station and Dairy Block, the newly opened Boston Hyatt Seaport Hotel and the Stanly Ranch Resort under development in Napa, to name a few—to his work.

Bruce inspires confidence among both his clients and colleagues through strong leadership. He served as managing partner at Brownstein from 2003 – 2013, guiding the firm’s growth from 80 lawyers to more than 250 lawyers and policy advisors. Bruce also served as general counsel for the firm and co-chair of the Real Estate Department.

Bruce has not only served in key leadership roles at Brownstein, but has had an ongoing leadership role across many fronts in Denver. Bruce served as co-chair of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s successful 2011, 2015 and 2019 mayoral campaigns. He has also served as chair of Visit Denver, Downtown Denver, Inc., the 16th Street Mall Steering Committee, and served on the Denver 2030 Winter Olympics Exploratory Committee. His current efforts also include co-chairing the Downtown Security Action Plan Task Force as the downtown business community, in collaboration with government officials, seeks to find solutions to insure Denver remains a clean, safe and vibrant city.

Previous Experience

Bruce James is a distinguished practitioner noted for his expertise in hospitality developments and mixed-used projects. One source praises his "pragmatic approach," and adds that he is able to "see the forest through the trees and get things done." - Chambers USA, 2020

 

News & Events
Community

Board of Directors, The Other Side Academy Denver

Board of Directors and Past Chair, Visit Denver - The Convention and Visitors Bureau

Board of Directors and Former Chair, Downtown Denver, Inc.

Co-Chair, Hancock for Denver Mayoral Campaign 2011, 2015 and 2019

Former Board Member

Denver Civic Center Conservancy

16th Street Mall Steering Committee, Downtown Denver Partnership

Denver Winter Olympics Exploratory Committee

Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project Leadership Team

Biennial of the Americas

City Year Denver

Family Tree Inc.

Junior Achievement

Littleton Hospital

The Denver Brass

Former Chair, South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and South Denver Economic Development Group

Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 1985, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives
  • B.B.A., 1982, University of Michigan
Admissions
  • Colorado
Recognition

Honorary Partner, Downtown Denver Partnership, 2018

5280 Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2017-2020

Who's Who Legal - Real Estate, 2016-2018

Chambers USA, 2005-2020

Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2021

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2020

Lawdragon, "100 Managing Partners You Need To Know", 2008

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