Real Estate

For decades, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has been a nationally recognized leader in real estate law. We are known throughout the U.S. for the scale and prestige of our work, and our industry relationships are second to none. Through a multi-disciplinary real estate practice, we take a business-oriented approach to providing practical solutions to today’s real estate market challenges. This isn’t an academic practice of law; this is real-world representation that prioritizes your complete business success.

We represent sellers, purchasers, landlords, tenants and governments with respect to all facets and in all sub-specialties of real estate law. With one of the largest practices in our region, we can provide the team depth to handle today’s sizable real estate transactions on a national scale. With us you get full-featured, comprehensive real estate representation.

Nicole R. Ament 303.223.1174

Chambers USA, 2020

Colorado: Real Estate

What the team is known for: A standout firm that remains a top choice for clients on a range of property-related matters. Draws on a bench of highly experienced attorneys who excel in all areas of real estate, including finance, zoning and construction. Its experience spans large-scale and mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development. Works with a diverse client base that includes developers, contractors and REITs and demonstrates formidable strength across a range of sectors, including hospitality, leisure and healthcare.

Strengths: Clients praise the firm for its "speed, accuracy and willingness to understand what is really important during negotiations."

Another source highlights the group for its "breadth of knowledge and capability, and deep connections with the local real estate community and government."

Nevada: Real Estate

What the team is known for: Leading practice noted for its expert handling of real estate matters across the gaming and hospitality industries. Fields a solid group of practitioners with a wealth of experience in financing, acquisition and development transactions. Shows particular skill in REIT structuring and transactions.

Strengths: A client comments: "They always left us with a sense of comfort as they were prepared for every issue."

Another source underlines the team's "very thorough and strategic" approach.

    Representative Matters
    • Serves as general outside counsel to opportunistic developer and capital partner located in Denver, Colorado. Representative matters have included joint venture negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions, financings, and leasing.

    • Advises various property owners at Hollister Ranch, a private coastal community that includes 135 parcels of 100 acres each, with respect to public access issues.

    • Has represented the Hollister Ranch Owners Association on issues relating to the Coastal Act. In recent years, Brownstein has represented the Association in litigation against the California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy related to public access.

    • Assisted client in preparing remediated property for sale to park foundation in the middle of heavily industrialized area of Los Angeles County with no nearby park serving local residents. Services included negotiating and documenting sale, drafting appropriate deed restrictions to prevent change of use that could expose seller to risk of liability, resolving/clearing title issues, drafting lease agreement, coordinating with buyer in negotiations with regulatory agencies for bona fide purchaser status under California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004 (CLRRA), Prospective Purchaser agreement, agreement and covenant not to sue (from DTSC), land use covenant and agreement for environmental restrictions, and related documents. Transaction was completed timely.

    • Served as land use counsel to Cate School, a prestigious private high school on California's Central Coast. The campus includes 178 acres, 320,000 sf of existing structures (dorms, classrooms, administrative buildings, faculty housing and the like), 640,000 sf of impervious surfaces (including parking for 187 cars), and 585,000 sf of recreational open space (playing fields and the like). The school has existed on the site since 1913. It has secured approval for an update to its Master Plan under which it would construct 180,000 sf of new buildings, 101,000 sf of additional impervious surfaces, and six new faculty homes. An EIR was prepared for the project, and the Master Plan has been approved by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission. Brownstein has been closely involved in the permitting and environmental review process, including reviewing EIR comment letters and responses to comments, and represented the school before the Planning Commission.

    • Represented the owner in connection with the creation of a mixed-use condominium in Denver, Colorado.

    • Represented real estate development, investment and management company with respect to redevelopment of large indoor regional mall into large mixed-use center, including outdoor, 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.

    • 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.

    • Provided real estate diligence in support of litigation to open the Torcido Creek road as means of access to Taylor Ranch property for beneficiaries of Colorado Supreme Court decree in the landmark case of Lobato v. Taylor, 70 P.3d 1152 (Colo. 2003), which confirmed rights of descendants of Mexican settlers to access to land under Spanish land grant of 1884 and confirmed in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ending the Mexican/American war.

    • Represented Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, in connection with the design, construction and leasing of a new 400,000 square foot office building for its new regional headquarters. Designed with a LEED-CS Platinum-certified shell, it is the first LEED Platinum high-rise office building in the country.

    • Served as counsel to Vail Resorts Development Company and RCR Vail with New York state registration to permissibly market its Vail, Colorado-based Ritz-Carlton Residences project to prospective New York purchasers.

    • Represented a Southern California neighborhood association objecting to a Local Coastal Program Amendment and a Public Works Plan proposed by a regional open space agency, including extensive proceedings before the Coastal Commission and subsequent litigation and appeal.

    • Represented city in challenge to coastal zone land use authority by oil and gas facility.

    • Represented a housing developer in securing a Local Coastal Plan amendment and Coastal Development Permit for a 25-unit single family housing project, and then handled the subsequent litigation and appeal.

    • Represented a group of coastal property owners who successfully objected to proposed amendments to Santa Barbara County's coastal zoning ordinance (a portion of the Local Coastal Program) which threatened to significantly and adversely affect private property rights.

    • Represented CBS Outdoor Inc. on Denver compliance and land use issues involving outdoor advertising devices, including matters involving ordinance changes to the Denver sign code.

    • Represented the developer of a mixed-use commercial and residential development in Denver in the negotiation and development of a suite of construction contracts for the project.

    • Represent DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in connection with the management of a portfolio of hotels in New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.

    • Ongoing provision of a wide range of services as City Attorney for city, including drafting ordinances, prosecuting and defending against litigation on a broad range of public agency matters, attending and representing public agency at City Commission and City Council meetings, and advising city regarding Open Meetings, Public Records Act, code enforcement, land use, CEQA, public contracting, property transaction, and related matters.

    • Land use entitlement, CEQA compliance and environmental permitting, for complex 300 high-end single family residential unit project in canyons of Orange County.

    • Represented DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in regards to a portfolio of nine hotel management agreements.

    • Negotiations with the EPA regarding hexavalent chromium issues and potential responsible parties involving the contribution for remediation.

    • Represented Writer Square 08 A, LLC in the acquisition of Writer Square, a mixed-use retail and office property located in downtown Denver.

    • Represented the purchase/redeveloper of an environmentally contaminated 3.5 acre site in downtown San Francisco to be developed into a $200 million mixed-use project compound on 400 residential units and 50,000 square feet of communal space.

    • Represented a major hotel developer in enforcement action and vested rights determination, before the Coastal Commission for property in Laguna Beach.

    Meet The Team

    Nicole R. Ament Shareholder T 303.223.1174
    Bruce A. James Shareholder T 303.223.1167
    Rob Kaufmann Shareholder T 303.223.1176
    Aaron M. Hyatt Shareholder T 303.223.1107
    Angela Turriciano Otto Shareholder T 702.464.7064
    Steven A. Amerikaner Shareholder T 805.882.1407
    Alicia Harrison Senior Land Use Project Manager T 805.882.1442
    Patsy Stadelman Price Senior Land Use Project Manager T 805.882.1424
    Justin J. Bubenik Associate T 303.223.1230
    Elaine N. Bailey Associate T 303.223.1282
    Edward N. Barad Of Counsel T 303.223.1108
    Elizabeth M. Bhappu Kudla Associate T 303.223.1116
    Jonathan R. Bloch Shareholder T 310.500.4632
    Jessica M. Burns Attorney T 805.882.1437
    Marcus S. Bird Of Counsel T 805.882.1447
    Norman Brownstein Founder and Chairman T 303.223.1101
    Peter N. Brown Shareholder T 805.882.1401
    Sean M. Bahoshy Shareholder T 303.223.1229
    Amy J. Diaz Shareholder T 303.223.1234
    Andrew C. Elliott Shareholder T 303.223.1154
    Beth Collins Shareholder T 805.882.1419
    David A. Curfman Shareholder T 303.223.1169
    Diane C. De Felice Shareholder T 310.500.4613
    Jennifer Eiteljorg Shareholder T 303.223.1162
    Marc C. Diamant Shareholder T 303.223.1132
    Tal Diamant Shareholder T 303.223.1235
    Angela J. Hygh Associate T 303.223.1143
    Blake A. Hansen Associate T 303.223.1114
    Brooke A. Holmes Associate T 702.464.7068
    Christopher A. Jacobs Shareholder T 805.882.1412
    Reid M. Galbraith Associate T 303.223.1239
    Michael R. Kalish Associate T 702.464.7055
    Michael W. King Shareholder T 303.223.1130
    Omar L. Harris Associate T 303.223.1177
    Philip A. Gosch Shareholder T 303.223.1170
    Shane C. Griffin Shareholder T 303.223.1259
    Andrew L. Meyers Shareholder T 303.223.1193
    Blair E. Lichtenfels Shareholder T 303.223.1190
    Daniel S. Ojserkis Of Counsel T 609.916.5748
    Hirsch L. Neustein Associate T 303.223.1298
    Janae Magee Shareholder T 303.223.1272
    Katherine J. Madden Associate T 303.223.1138
    Miranda A. Norfleet Associate T 303.223.1118
    Matthew R. Nyberg Shareholder T 303.223.1153
    Nicholas J. Larson Associate T 303.223.1291
    Ron Merrill Consulting Attorney T 303.223.1266
    Rebecca L. Miltenberger Shareholder T 702.464.7052
    Charles J. Smith Shareholder T 303.223.1289
    Cody T. Sargeant Staff Attorney T 805.882.1439
    Caitlin Quander Shareholder T 303.223.1233
    Elizabeth D. Paulsen Shareholder T 303.223.1187
    Eric L. Simpson Associate T 303.223.1284
    Joshua P. Rabinowitz Shareholder T 805.882.1421
    Joshua A. Savage Associate T 303.223.1137
    Kate B. Stevenson Associate T 303.223.1280
    Richard M. Pandorf Associate T 303.223.1188
    Susan F. Petrovich Shareholder T 805.882.1405
    Tai J. Palacio Associate T 303.223.1276
    Zachary J. Siegel Associate T 303.223.1155
    Ashley B. Wingfield Shareholder T 303.223.1218
    Carolynne C. White Shareholder T 303.223.1197
    Gregory A. Vallin Shareholder T 303.223.1103
    Jamie L. Thalgott Shareholder T 702.464.7082
    Jacob P. Whitted Shareholder T 303.223.1209
    Neal Tomlinson Shareholder T 702.464.7043
    Sonia Church Vermeys Shareholder T 702.464.7066
    Andi M. Stader Paralegal T 303.223.1398
    Heather S. McGraw Paralegal T 303.223.1334
    Judith M. Cloutier Paralegal T 303.223.1381
    Jean M. Harrison Paralegal T 303.223.1383
    Julie A. Graham Contract Paralegal T 303.223.1305
    Karen R. Smith Paralegal T 303.223.1390
    Kathy L. Oster Paralegal T 303.223.1343
    Kathy L. Folkers Paralegal T 303.223.1477
    Kathy Golden Paralegal T 303.223.1431
    Kimberly A. Mumford Paralegal T 805.882.1478
    Margaret H. Cawthra Paralegal T 303.223.1358
    Penny G. Lalonde Paralegal T 303.223.1337
    René M. Starry Paralegal T 303.223.1408