Julie E. Gifford


Teri Hammack, 303.575.7553


Julie Gifford represents clients with respect to a variety of real estate matters, with a particular focus on real estate finance. Julie’s real estate finance experience includes representing lenders and borrowers on commercial real estate construction and permanent loan transactions, including the financing of multi-family developments, industrial warehouse centers, office buildings, medical office buildings, senior living facilities and major shopping centers. She has also represented lenders on the financing of note purchases, including unique situations involving acquisition of notes in foreclosure.

In addition to real estate finance, Julie has experience representing landlords in the commercial office building context and developers in the acquisition of vacant land for commercial and residential developments.

Julie is the chair of the firm’s Marketing & BD Committee, and is a member of the Executive Committee. Julie is a past-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee. Julie also enjoys mentoring young attorneys both professionally and personally and feels strongly that her own success is due in large part to the strong mentorship she received at Otten Johnson.

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  • Otten Johnson Alert: Railroad Rights-of-Way Are Not Forever (March 2014)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: 2013 Mid-Session Legislative Update (March 2013)

Awards & Involvement

  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Denver
    -Member (2008-present)
    -Chapter President-Elect (2019)
    -Chapter Director of Membership (2015-2016)
    -Women of Influence Committee (2009-2013)
    -Co-Chair, Women of Influence Committee (2011-2012)
  • Legal Aid Foundation:
    -Board of Trustees (2015-present)
    -Denver Area Campaign Committee (2010-present)
  • Colorado Bar Association Committee for Balanced Legal Careers (2012-2015)


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


  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law (2001); Articles and Managing Editor, University of Denver Water Law Review
  • B.A., Cornell University (1996)
  • Semester Abroad, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden


"I support the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado which works to achieve our national promise of “justice for all” by providing access to our civil justice system to low-income Coloradans in need of help with issues related to basic necessities such as housing, healthcare, government benefits and educational services."