Kaufmann, Rob

A strategic problem solver, Rob Kaufmann is known for bringing the right players to the table to complete real estate deals. For decades, his clients have relied on his unparalleled knowledge of both the legal and business sides of the real estate market. His national perspective and ability to steer clients—from national private equity companies and REITs to family-owned companies—through volatile markets make Rob the go-to lawyer for acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of retail, office, multi-family, land, industrial and corporate office relocation projects and large portfolio transactions. 

Rob also represents private companies and entrepreneurs in diverse transactions, including acquisitions, public and private debt financing, joint ventures and general corporate governance. 

Rob serves on the firm's Executive Committee and has played several important leadership roles at Brownstein including co-chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Real Estate Department and lead shareholder on some of the region’s largest real estate developments. 

Practices & Industries
Portfolio Transactions

Rob’s experience representing companies with large real estate portfolios help him efficiently manage deals. He supports one of the largest private holders of retail properties in the U.S. Rob coordinates its acquisition, disposition and financing while providing strategic advice to the company’s leadership.  


Rob’s practice spans the life cycle of commercial real estate transactions—acquisition, financing, leasing, development and disposition—of retail, industrial office and multi-family, master-planned communities. He is known for his work on The Streets at SouthGlenn, an urban lifestyle destination that includes nearly one million square feet of retail space, 140,000 square feet of office space and 200 for-rent luxury residences. Rob led the developer through the myriad of issues related to large-scale real estate development, including joint venture structuring, public-private partnerships, construction contracts and loans, land use, condemnation, leasing, corporate and municipal tax and environmental issues.

Representative Matters
  • Led efforts for the redevelopment of a large outdoor mall to create a new, mixed-use center, including retail, residential and office space. The firm managed the joint venture structuring, eminent domain process, public and private financing, construction matters, creation of governing documents, national anchors tenant negotiations and leasing of more than one-million-rentable square feet of retail, office and residential space to national, regional and local retailers.

  • Represented an industrial real estate investment trust in the acquisition and forward purchase of industrial properties across the U.S.

  • Served as strategic advisor for one of the country's largest residential home builders to complete the acquisition of various real estate assets and entity interests related to the development of both commercial and residential property in multiple counties.

  • Handled joint venture structuring, financing (private, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), acquisitions and dispositions plus general corporate and securities work for a private equity client focused on multifamily projects.

  • Successfully handled the regional headquarter relocation of one of the largest companies in the Rocky Mountain region including lease negotiations for a to-be-constructed new downtown Denver office building and handled the sale of its then existing downtown Denver office building.

News & Events

Chair, Board of Governors, Denver Zoological Foundation

Member, Immediate Past Chair, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization

Member, Immediate Past Chair, Colorado AIPAC Council

Former Chair, Board of Governors HCA – HealthONE

Executive Committee Member, Denver Zoo

Executive Committee Member, JEWISHcolorado

Former Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Former Board of Trustees Member, The Colorado Health Foundation

Former Board of Trustees Member, Congregation Emanuel

Former Board Member, Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau Foundation

  • J.D., 1990, University of Texas School of Law
  • M.B.A., 1990, University of Texas at Austin, Sord Scholar
  • B.A., 1984, University of Texas at Austin
  • Colorado

Community Leadership Award, 2016, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

5280 Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2015-2021

Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2021

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2019

Leadership Denver


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association