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Otten Johnson Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Anniversaries invite reflection. On our 25th anniversary, we reflect on the core values that have sustained us through the last 25 years and will fuel our success for the next 25 years and beyond. Those core values are:


  • guided by a single, formative principle: effective partnership between client and counsel
  • helping to shape the landscape of Denver and Colorado, assisting clients with notable financing and development projects such as The Brown Palace Hotel, The Pepsi Center, Park Meadows Mall, Larimer Square, Independence Plaza, Vail Village, The Denver Tech Center, Lincoln Center
  • continually exploring ways to increase responsiveness and client service
  • serving the full range of clients' needs, with established practice specialties in real estate, land use, real estate finance, litigation, eminent domain, business transactions & capital markets, and troubled credits and distressed properties
  • committed to providing innovative and candid business counsel to help clients reach their most ambitious business goals


  • one of the original 23 signatory law firms in Denver to sign the "Pledge to Diversity," representing a commitment to infuse diversity in the legal profession through the hiring and recruitment of diverse law students
  • annual support for countless local charities, through donations and employee volunteer efforts, including Denver Rescue Mission, Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver Children's Hospital, Urban Peak, Rebuilding Together, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Bridge Project, Colorado Legal Aid Foundation, Byrne Urban Scholars, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and many others
  • one of the first of 11 Denver law firms to commit to participating in a cutting edge research program sponsored by the Mountain States regional office of the Anti-Defamation League, exposing summer associates to the importance of pro bono work


  • recognized for our numerous "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" named to the Colorado Super Lawyers List
  • ranked #1 by Chambers USA, for seven consecutive years, for our real estate practice among law firms in Colorado
  • recognized by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review legal publication, for employing top lawyers specializing in land use, zoning, banking and real estate law
  • rated #1 in the Denver Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" survey of medium-sized companies

With great optimism and with a continuing commitment to outstanding client service and community involvement, our vision is for a future that's even brighter than our first 25 years. "We strive to make every client's experience rewarding," says Tom Ragonetti, one of the firm's original founding partners. "For 25 years we have done just that, and we are eager to continue the tradition."