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Press Release – Otten Johnson Appoints New Managing Director, Adds to Executive Committee


Press Release Heather B. Baker
For Immediate Release 303 575 7551 direct
May 19, 2011


Denver, CO – May 19, 2011 –  Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. (Otten Johnson) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new firm managing director, as well as a new member of the firm’s executive committee.

James T. Johnson has assumed the role of firm managing director from Michael Westover. Victoria L. Hellmer has recently been elected to the Otten Johnson executive committee.

Westover was managing director from 1998 until this year. For nearly 30 years, he has represented lenders, owners, developers, investors and the holders of other real estate interests in a wide variety of transactions throughout the United States. While Westover has a broad and diverse real estate practice, he has developed a particular expertise in the area of real estate finance. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

“I’ve enjoyed my time as managing director, but I am now looking forward to spending even more time working with the firm’s clients,” Westover said. “Jim (Johnson) is a very capable and energetic leader and I am pleased to be able to pass the baton to him.”

Johnson has been with Otten Johnson since 2001. He is a shareholder in the firm's land use, real estate and litigation groups. Johnson’s practice is unusual in that it includes traditional transactional elements as well as litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his J.D. from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. Although no relation to Bruce Johnson, one of the firm’s founders, the name evokes a sense of pride.

“I am proud to accept this role,” Johnson stated. “Mike (Westover) has led us through some years of great change at the firm and we are very grateful for his dedication. I hope I will be able to carry on the tradition of leadership that he and our previous managing director established.”

Hellmer is a shareholder in the firm's real estate group. She represents both lenders and borrowers on matters relating to real estate financing, including construction and permanent loans. Hellmer is a graduate of George Washington University and received her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.

About Otten Johnson – Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. is the leading real estate and land use firm in Colorado, serving owners, developers, builders, investors, banks and financial institutions, commercial tenants, managers, and brokers. The firm’s attorneys focus on finding business solutions for their multi-family, residential subdivision, office, retail, hotel and resort, mixed use, and industrial clients.  The firm assists their 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.  For more information, please contact Heather Baker at or visit our website: