Emily A. Hippen

Cathy Gardelli, 303.575.7571


Emily Hippen focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance, with an emphasis on the representation of lenders and borrowers in both loan origination and loan modification transactions. She also represents commercial real estate owners in matters relating to their commercial real estate acquisition and disposition needs.

Prior to joining the firm, Emily was an associate at an international law firm, where she focused her practice on modifications to both performing and troubled loans ranging in size from several million dollars to several hundred million dollars - the majority of which were held in commercial mortgage-backed securitizations and secured by multifamily, retail, hospitality, industrial and office properties located throughout the United States. Emily has extensive experience with loan forbearances and restructurings, assumptions, defeasances, condemnations and partial releases, collateral substitutions, and various leasing transactions. In connection with these types of transactions, Emily spent a significant amount of time analyzing servicing, co-lender and inter-creditor agreements and advising her clients as to their contractual servicing rights and obligations, as well as their relative rights and priorities against competing co-lenders, subordinate lien holders, mezzanine lenders and preferred equity holders.

Prior to practicing law, Emily was employed by a global diversified asset management organization, where she managed all servicing aspects of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of securitized commercial mortgage-backed loans. She also collaborated with master and special servicers and operating advisors on complex real estate transactions similar to those that she handles in her practice of law. Emily was also heavily involved with the negotiation of servicing and co-lender agreements and the development of a GSE lending platform, and was a voting member of the organization's servicing investment committee. Emily is a graduate of Drake University's selective Career Opportunity Program, having completed the majority of law school while balancing a full-time career.  Emily currently serves as a member on the firm's Recruiting Committee and Wellness Committee.

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  •  Author: Prepayment Versus Defeasance, Colorado Real Estate Journal (December 2012)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Key Distinctions Between Prepayment and Defeasance (August 2012)

Awards & Involvement

  • Volunteer Mentor, Denver Urban Scholars
  • Member of the Board of Directors, PlatteForum, Inc.


  • State of Colorado
  • State of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association


  • J.D., Drake University Law School (2009); with High Honors; Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Finance, Iowa State University (2002); with Distinction