Andrew J. Schwartz

Shareholder
Phone
303.575.7530
Email
aschwartz@ottenjohnson.com
Assistant
Gitta Maehrlein, 303.575.7564

Overview

Andrew Schwartz assists commercial real estate investors, owners and developers - particularly in the multifamily arena - with buying, selling, financing, and leasing commercial real estate. He has significant experience in purchasing and selling mid-sized to large apartment communities, as well as purchasing vacant land for the development of such communities. In addition, Andrew has completed transactions in the office, medical office, mixed use, and retail product types, among others. He has also worked on the lender side of troubled loans, including loan modifications, receiverships, judicial and public trustee foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu foreclosures, and borrower bankruptcies.

Andrew spent approximately 10 years working in other areas of law before focusing on commercial real estate. During that time, he handled labor and employment matters and commercial litigation, and served as general counsel to a technology company that he co-founded and helped take public.

Practice Areas

Industries Served

Experience

Representative experience includes:

  • Lead counsel on the largest multifamily portfolio sale in Colorado history, composed of 29 apartment communities and over 8,500 residential units, to multiple buyers, including transactions with loan assumptions and the defeasance of public financing
  • Lead counsel on the purchase and sale of over $1.25 billion of multifamily properties since 2005
  • Lead counsel on the purchase of a $42,000,000 shopping center in northern California, which involved debt financing and the formation of a joint venture; handling of subsequent leasing issues, including the negotiation and completion of a lease termination option with anchor tenant
  • Foreclosure and appointment of receiver for 6 gas stations and convenience stores; project involved addressing issues raised by borrower's bankruptcy, collection action against guarantors, and environmental matters
  • Lead counsel on the bulk purchase of a $65,000,000 partially-completed condominium project in northern Virginia; project involved assuring the timely completion of the project by seller, a major home builder
  • Lead counsel on an $18,000,000 purchase of an interest in a partnership that owned a mixed use project in San Francisco, including work on interim financing and conversion of the partnership
  • Lead counsel on the purchase of vacant land in Denver, the pre-development of the project for a residential condominium building, and the sale of the project for approximately $6,000,000
  • Lead counsel on the purchase of a $7,500,000 portfolio of veterinary facilities in Colorado, Texas and Arizona, including the ground leasing and financing of the project
  • Co-counsel on the purchase of a $65,000,000 12-property portfolio of medical office buildings in Illinois; project included ground leases, reciprocal easement and maintenance agreements, rights of first refusal, and land use issues
  • Lead counsel on the sale of a $120,000,000 multi-family project in the Seattle area, which involved the buyer's assumption of a publicly-financed loan

Publications

  • Otten Johnson Alert: 2012 Colorado Legislative Session Real Estate Summary (May 2012)
  • Co-author: Legal Considerations When Buying Multifamily Properties, Colorado Real Estate Journal, May 4-17, 2011
  • Otten Johnson Alert: 2011 Mid-Session Colorado Legislative Update (March 2011)
  • Author: Colorado Passes Broker Lien Law (June 2010)
  • Author: Effect of Tenant Bankruptcy on Leases (June 2009)
    Author: Know US Bankruptcy Code, Colorado Real Estate Journal, February 4-17, 2009
  • Author: Caution: Don't Get Boxed In By Conflicting Casualty Clauses, Colorado Real Estate Journal, April 2-15, 2008
  • Author: Section 1983 Authorizes Municipal Liability For Failure to Train Employees in Limited Circumstances, 20 Seton Hall L. Rev. 886 (1990)

Awards & Involvement

  • Apartment Association of Metro Denver:  Joint Legislative Affairs Committee
  • The Bridge Project: Scholarship Committee
  • "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell

Jurisdiction

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

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law (1991); Magna Cum Laude; Editor, Seton Hall Law Review
  • B.A., Tufts University (1986); Cum Laude