Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC

Real Estate

4 ranked lawyersBand 1ColoradoUSA 2020 View ranking table

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC

Real Estate

4 ranked lawyersBand 1ColoradoUSA 2020 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly respected boutique firm that covers numerous facets of real estate, from land use and litigation to transactions and tax. Represents a wide range of clients, including developers, owners and investors. Frequently engaged on complex zoning and subdivisions, significant construction financing and mixed-use developments. Additionally accomplished assisting with major public infrastructure projects, and multifamily residential developments.


One source describes it as "a stellar firm" and the "most credible land use group in the market."

Another highlights the firm's "large real estate department and client base," and adds that it's "very influential in Colorado."

Work highlights

Represented CIBC Bank in connection with the acquisition, construction and financing of a large community center in Castle Rock.

Notable practitioners

Sources laud Michael Westover as an "exceptionally smart and practical" lawyer who is "pleasant and detail-oriented." He is particularly recognized for his handling of real estate finance transactions and developments, including on behalf of institutional investors.

Steven Cohen is an experienced real estate lawyer with broad capabilities covering acquisitions and dispositions, as well as joint ventures and construction. One source describes him as a "tremendous lawyer and a true expert."

Thomas Ragonetti is described as the "dean of land use" in the Denver market by market sources, while others commend him as "preeminent" and "premier." He frequently acts on large-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use development projects.

Department Information

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Our Approach: Sophisticated from Vision to Close

Commercial real estate matters involve complex issues. Drawing on the firm’s additional expertise in real estate finance, land use, tax and litigation, Otten Johnson’s Real Estate practice group brings formidable resources to bear on each and every matter it handles. The firm has unrivaled depth of experience and talent in real estate matters, having dealt with nearly every type of issue or transaction relating to real estate.

Our Real Estate practice group represents clients in many contexts, including:

  • acquisition and disposition, both single asset and portfolios
  • development and land use approvals
  • financing and leasing (both lender and borrower representation)
  • leasing (both landlord and tenant representation)
  • real estate development
  • construction and design contracts
  • resort and recreational developments
  • condominiums and master planned communities
  • timeshares and other fractional interest projects
  • title insurance
  • historic preservation
  • foreclosures and loan workouts
  • entity selection and formation
  • joint ventures
  • fund formation
  • operational tax matters
  • partnership taxation
  • property tax assessments and appeals
  • 1031 exchanges; both forward and reverse
  • conservation easements
  • mountain, rural and ranch land real estate transactions
  • transferable development rights
  • public/private partnerships


Adloff, Dimitri

Altaras, Allison

Ayers, Munsey

Bacon-Schulte, Camille

Balmat, Thomas

Bender, Matthew

Blackmer, Kyle

Brennan, David

Cohen, Steven

Connolly, Brian

Diedrich, Lindsay

Fisher, Robert

Gano, J. Alex

Gifford, Julie

Gliwa, Kevin

Greenberg, Amanda

Hellmer, Victoria

Hippen, Emily

Johnson, Jim

Macdonald, J. Thomas

Martin, Kimberly

Meacher, Michael

Meek, Heather

Neff, William

Rutz, Cory

Schwartz, Andrew

Wiser, Brittany



Charter Schools



Energy-Alternative Energy, Oil and Gas

Green Building

Healthcare/Medical Office Buildings


Hospitality and Resorts

Lending and Finance/Investment Banking

Local Government and Special Districts

Manufactured Housing Communities


Multifamily Housing

Office and Industrial Buildings


Railroads and Transportation

Religious Organizations


Senior Living



Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development

Wholesale Distribution

Real Estate Department

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC

Department location

950 Seventeenth Street

Suite 1600




CO 80202

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Ranked Lawyers

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Real Estate

Michael Westover
Band 1
Steven Cohen
Band 3
Thomas J Ragonetti
Band 1

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Thomas J Ragonetti
Band 1