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Press Release – Otten Johnson Honored by Chambers USA Again in 2011



Press Release Heather B. Baker
For Immediate Release 303 575 7551 direct
July 21, 2011


Denver, CO – July 21, 2011 – Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC has once again been ranked as the leading real estate law firm in Colorado. Chambers USA annually ranks law firms and lawyers by areas of practice in each state. Otten Johnson is the only firm in Colorado to have been ranked in the top "band" every year since Chambers began ranking law firms in the United States in 2003. The firm also has the most individual lawyers ranked in the category in 2011.

In 2011, Chambers had this to say about Otten Johnson:

"The team at Otten Johnson is praised for its broad real estate practice and considerable bench strength. The firm handles acquisitions, dispositions and development work relating to office buildings, residential projects, retail parks and mountain resorts. The team has extensive experience in land use and zoning issues, and is a go-to for complex restructurings and workout agreements."

Sources say: "Without a doubt one of the top real estate firms in the state."

· Thomas J. Ragonetti – ranked in "Band 1" for three categories: Real Estate; Hotels & Leisure; and Zoning/Land Use

· Frank L. 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 D. Sternberg – ranked as a "Senior Statesman" for his outstanding reputation as a trusted real estate attorney; one of only about 65 in the nation

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

"Thomas Ragonetti is an excellent attorney; he always looks at the big picture." His practice straddles land use, zoning and traditional real estate matters. He has experience of public-private partnerships, historical preservation and condemnation litigation.

"Frank Robinson is as good a lawyer as any you’ll ever find." He is mandated in complex real estate transactions, including joint ventures, financing and development.

"J. Thomas Macdonald is one of the first people you would think of to handle a difficult land use matter." He is also regularly engaged for foreclosure and workout matters.

"Michael Westover has a reasonable and straightforward approach to negotiations." He has a strong reputation for his work in refinancing and loan workout agreements.

"John Sternberg is a commanding figure in the real estate sphere." His practice includes commercial leasing, construction finance, site acquisition, disposition and title insurance.

Otten Johnson is a leading commercial law firm in Colorado, highly regarded for its real estate and land use practices. Our attorneys work with clients in a wide array of industries, with a particular emphasis on finding real world, business minded solutions. In the real estate industry, Otten Johnson's clients include owners, developers, builders, investors, banks and financial institutions, commercial tenants, managers and brokers, whether in the multi-family, residential subdivision, office, retail, hotel and resort, mixed-use, or industrial sectors. The firm provides legal services related to real estate and business transactions, financing, land use and entitlement matters, urban renewal and other public/private partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, eminent domain, regulatory compliance, workouts, restructuring, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. For more information about Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC, please contact Heather Baker at or visit our website: