Munsey L. Ayers


Brittany Frysinger, 303.575.7543


Munsey Ayers has significant real estate, land use and municipal law experience. Munsey is well known for his work with private sector clients on annexation, zoning and subdivision matters, including negotiating development agreements and vested property rights. Munsey also has extensive experience on urban renewal matters, having represented many clients on tax sharing agreements, including public/private financing mechanisms such as public improvement fees. He routinely represents developers in the acquisition, entitlement, development and disposition of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in urban, suburban, rural and resort areas. Munsey also has experience with the siting and development of alternative and renewable energy facilities.

Munsey’s experience in real estate, land use and municipal law is not limited to transactional work. He also has effectively represented clients in mediation and litigation matters related to land use, real estate and initiative/referendum disputes, including representing clients in Rule 106 proceedings in district and appellate court proceedings challenging local governmental decisions and actions.

Munsey’s legal experience is supplemented by experience in other fields. For over a decade (including during law school), he was president of an aircraft maintenance company, and prior to that he worked in property management and building materials distribution. As a consumer of legal services in those contexts, Munsey developed an impatience for expensive legal memos that could be summed up with the phrase “it depends.”  He also developed an appreciation for attorneys who understood his business and what could help him reach his goals. Munsey strives to be the kind of attorney he liked to work with when he was a business owner and operator.

Munsey served on the firm’s Executive Committee (2004-2012), Recruiting Committee (2004-present) and as chair of the firm’s Technology Committee (2004-2014).

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  • Otten Johnson Alert:  Internal Revenue Service Issues Technical Advice Memorandum Impacting Public Infrastructure Financing (June 2013)
  • Author:  Controversial New Uses of Transfer Fee Covenants (November 2009)
  • Co-author:  A Good Time to Pursue Entitlements (August 2009)

Colorado County Attorney Conference:

  • Annexation Law, June 6-7, 2013

Colorado Real Estate Journal Conference:

  • Land & Development Conference, Hot Topics Panel: Legal Issues, October 4, 2011

CLE International Conferences: 

  • Land Use Law:  Annexation Law, December 11-12, 2014
  • Land Use Law:  Preemption and Oil & Gas Activities, November 14-15, 2013
  • Land Use Law:  How to Annex (with Kimberly Martin, Esq.), November 4 & 5, 2010
  • Land Use Law:  How to Annex, November 29 & 30, 2007
  • Real Estate Finance - Land Use Issues for Lenders, January 24-25, 2005 
  • Land Use Law:  How to Annex, December 1-2, 2005
  • Land Use Law: Case Studies, November 15-16, 2004    
  • Land Use Law:  How to Annex, November 6-7, 2003
  • The Impact of the Drought on Land Use - What can Developers Expect to See in Local Regulation (with James T. Johnson, Esq.), May 2003
  • Resolving Land Use Disputes, June 13-14, 2002
  • Land Use as a Transaction - Cutting and Documenting Deals; The Private View, November 30, 2001  
  • Ballot Box Land Use Decisions - Zoning and Other Measures by Referendum and Initiative; Legal Issues and Implications, June 15, 2001 

Lorman CLE Seminars: 

  • Special Districts in Colorado - Public Improvement Fees, April 29, 2008
  • Utilization of Special Districts in Colorado to Finance Increasing Public Infrastructure Needs in Colorado, April 27, 2007
  • Advanced Zoning And Land Use - Annexation, January 20, 2006 
  • Zoning And Land Use - Annexation, February 24, 2005
  • Advanced Zoning and Land Use In Colorado - Annexation, December 7, 2004
  • Colorado Zoning and Land Use - Annexation, December 11, 2002

Real Estate Symposium:

  • Advising Developers on Land Use, Annexation and Infrastructure Planning, July 11, 2013

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Seminars: 

  • Legal Standards Governing the Granting of Variances (with Randall Sampson, Esq.), 2007 
  • Ballot Box Zoning Versus Representative Government, 2004   
  • Initiative and Referendum in Colo. Land Use Law, 2002

Awards & Involvement

  • Urban Peak Board of Directors (2015-2016)
  • JeffCo EDC Forward JeffCo Steering Committee (2014)
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Land Use and Zoning Law (2013)
  • Best Lawyers (2010-2019) in Land Use and Zoning Law, and in Litigation-Land Use and Zoning
  • Super Lawyers (2010-2013)


  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law (1995); Order of St. Ives; Harry Clayton Davis Award for Academic Achievement
  • B.A., Baylor University (1991)