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Emily A. Hippen


Teri Hammack, 303.575.7553


Emily Hippen focuses her practice on the acquisition, disposition, development and financing of commercial real estate projects located throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Emily successfully guides transactions from the land acquisition stage to ultimate disposition by combining her transactional expertise with her strong relationships with colleagues in other practice areas and attorneys in local markets. Emily understands that her clients’ successes may revolve around tight time frames, and she prides herself on being highly responsive and focused on her clients’ needs.

Emily has particular expertise in the area of real estate finance, frequently representing both lenders and owners with their construction, bridge and term financing needs. Having represented both lenders and owners in loan transactions, she understands the underlying objectives of both parties, and she can quickly identify the core issues at hand and present a mutually beneficial solution for both parties.

Before joining the firm, Emily was an associate at an international law firm, where she focused her practice on modifications to both performing and troubled loans ranging in size from several million dollars to several hundred million dollars. Emily’s previous work included significant exposure to U.S. commercial mortgage-backed securities collateralized by multifamily, retail, hospitality, industrial and office properties.

Prior to practicing law, Emily worked with a globally diversified asset management organization, where she serviced all aspects of a multibillion-dollar portfolio of securitized commercial mortgage-backed loans. She also collaborated with master and special servicers and operating advisors on complex real estate transactions similar to those that she handles in her current practice. Emily was also a voting member of the organization's servicing investment committee. Emily is a graduate of Drake University's selective Career Opportunity Program, having completed the majority of law school while balancing a full-time career.

Emily currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Attorney Development Committee and is a past chair of the firm’s Wellness Committee.

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Representative experience includes:

  • Frequently represents multiple national multifamily developers in connection with their Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financing needs, with loans ranging in size from $15 million to $200+ million
  • Frequently represents a national multifamily developer in connection with land acquisition for projects located in Colorado, Oregon, Florida and California
  • Completed the sale of a large, newly-developed multifamily housing project to a global buyer in just three weeks
  • Represented an international resort developer in complex development financing for projects located in the Caribbean
  • Represented a developer of a for-sale condominium project in connection with a construction loan
  • Represented a national bank in connection with construction loans for high-rise hotels in New York, San Francisco and Seattle
  • Represented a developer of mixed use project located in Northern California in connection with land and pre-development financing
  • Represented an owner of multibillion-dollar real estate portfolio in sale of substantial ownership interests in that portfolio to an international investor
  • Represented an international bank in connection with the origination of 20 syndicated, cross-collateralized and cross-defaulted construction loans
  • Represented a lender in connection with the origination and ongoing modification of a 30-property portfolio loan


  •  Author: Prepayment Versus Defeasance, Colorado Real Estate Journal (December 2012)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Key Distinctions Between Prepayment and Defeasance (August 2012)

Awards & Involvement

  • Mentor for City Year Denver (2018 to present)
  • Finalist for CREW Women of Influence Award (2018)
  • Ironman Finisher (2019)
  • Ironman 70.3 All-World Bronze Athlete (2016, 2018)
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors, PlatteForum, Inc.


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


  • J.D., Drake University Law School (2009); with High Honors; Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Finance, Iowa State University (2002); with Distinction