Otten Johnson Receives Top Ranking by Chambers USA for 2010

Press Release June 18, 2010

"Otten Johnson's well-regarded practice covers acquisitions and real estate development and workouts. The firm has a strong reputation for land use and condemnation work throughout Colorado, particularly in relation to the mountain and resort communities. Clients include Simpson Housing, bank consortium Sturm Financial Group and mixed-use, large-scale projects developer Continuum Partners."

Sources Say: "The group combines big-firm quality with small-firm responsiveness and client care."

  • Thomas Ragonetti - ranked in "Band 1" for three categories: Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure, and Zoning/Land Use
  • Frank Robinson - ranked in "Band 1" for Real Estate
  • J. Thomas Macdonald - ranked in "Band 1" for Zoning/Land Use
  • Michael Westover - ranked in "Band 2" for Real Estate
  • John Sternberg - ranked as a "Senior Statesman" for his outstanding reputation as a trusted real estate attorney

Chambers USA provided the following editorial comments and quotes from clients and peers on these attorneys:

"Thomas Ragonetti is "a truly exceptional real estate lawyer and a leader in his field." His extensive practice encompasses land use, zoning, government regulation, public-private transactions, development and historic preservation matters. Ragonetti advised The North Canyons on annexation, entitlement and development issues relating to approximately 3,500 acres of property in the newly incorporated municipality of Castle Pines North.

Interviewees report that Frank Robinson has "real presence and fantastic capability" in matters ranging from acquisitions and dispositions to financing for a range of property types. This covers assisted living centers, offices, retail, industrial and affordable housing.

Thomas Macdonald's practice spans loan foreclosures, workouts and bankruptcies as well as a substantial amount of land use and zoning and land use litigation.

Michael Westover has a broad-ranging real estate practice with particular expertise in real estate finance.

John Sternberg focuses on, among other things, acquisition, commercial leasing and representation of retail tenants, construction and permanent lenders and condominium developers."

Published annually by London-based Chambers & Partners, the Chambers USA guide recognizes the top business law firms and leading individual attorneys in the United States. The firms and attorneys are selected for the merit-based listing based upon interviews with thousands of clients, attorneys and third-party experts across the U.S. Click here for Otten Johnson's profile in Chambers USA: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/USA/Firms/65269-36457

Otten Johnson is the leading real estate and land use firm in Colorado, serving owners, developers, builders, sponsors, investors, banks and financial institutions, commercial tenants, managers, and brokers, and the following product types: multi-family, residential subdivision, office, retail, hotel and resort, mixed use, industrial and all other commercial projects. The firm assists clients with a wide range of legal and business services, including workouts, restructuring, litigation, business transactions, financing, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, eminent domain, and regulatory compliance. Otten Johnson has offices in Denver and the Vail Valley. www.ottenjohnson.com