I think clients appreciate that as an attorney who owned my own business, I consider both the legal and the practical approaches to a problem. It is easy to talk about risk. It is different to understand it firsthand.

Bio

With nearly 20 years of government affairs and real estate development experience, including as the founder of a public and government relations firm, Jessica uniquely understands how to translate legal and business goals into short and long-term solutions for her clients. Her practice focuses on all aspects of real estate development and industrial hemp including land use, governmental relations, approvals, transactional work, public-private finance, and litigation.

Jessica’s industry reputation and relationships with local, state, and national officials make her an ideal resource for clients seeking to navigate complicated regulatory schemes on the federal, state, county, and local levels. She represents real estate developers, industrial hemp growers/manufacturers/extractors, and land owners seeking entitlements, transactional services, regulatory approvals, and complex litigation. With a focus on efficiency, she frequently helps her clients with the purchase and sale of real estate; development of hemp growing and processing facilities; risk mitigation; development and delivery of commercial, industrial, and multi-family projects; permitting; and quasi-judicial representation before elected bodies such as city councils and boards of county commissioners. She also has a depth of experience handling public-private partnerships and urban renewal as well as real estate litigation including Rule 106 appeals. Whether advising a client about zoning approvals, regulatory framework, or urban renewal, her clients rely on her to provide comprehensive counsel that will help them get their projects and deals approved and completed on-time.

  • Successfully rezoned multiple infill properties for several national and local multi-family developers (60-420 units per project)
  • Obtained rezone approvals and financial incentives  from area municipalities for national commercial developers
  • Represented area housing authorities in project assessments, due diligence, and zoning matters
  • Assisted international pharmaceutical company in governmental relations efforts which resulted in target drug being added to state preferred list
  • Represented communications company in obtaining FCC approval for broadcast towers
  • Represented landowners in negotiations of oil and gas leases and joint operating agreements
  • Assisted international infrastructure company in drafting 10-K annual report
  • Worked with a Native American tribe and its tribal council in assessment of gaming opportunities
  • Represented multiple developers in successful municipal code amendments
  • Represented telecommunications group in successful negotiation of international broadcast rights
  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
    • Board Member, 2019
  • Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association)
  • Super Lawyers, Colorado
    • Rising Star, 2017, Land Use/Zoning

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