Jim Johnson assists real estate developers and owners in sophisticated land use, development and transactional matters. Jim’s practice focuses on every aspect of the entitlement and development process for both in-fill projects downtown and master planned communities in the suburbs to the acquisition and disposition phase. He represents clients on the front end of development projects from acquiring real property to securing annexation, zoning, subdivision or other local government approvals, through acquisition, development and disposition . Jim’s background in civil engineering is an asset, as he also represents clients in the negotiation of construction and design contracts.
In addition to Jim’s land use practice, he has extensive experience representing clients in disputes regarding entitlement approvals and eminent domain issues. Jim’s litigation practice includes representing landowners in Rule 106 actions challenging local government decisions surrounding annexation, zoning and subdivision issues. Jim also represents landowners facing the threat of eminent domain, in pre-condemnation planning, valuation issues and condemnation proceedings.
Before commencing his legal career with Otten Johnson, Jim was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court. Prior to starting law school, he was an engineer with an international environmental consulting firm. Jim served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 2010 to 2020, and was managing director from 2011 to 2020. He is currently on the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.