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Munsey L. Ayers


Brittany Frysinger, 303.575.7543


Munsey Ayers represents clients in real estate, land use and municipal law matters. Munsey has a well-established reputation working with private sector clients on annexation, zoning and subdivision, vested property rights and public finance matters, including negotiating development agreements, tax sharing agreements and public-private financing mechanisms such as public improvement fee (PIF) and tax increment financing (TIF) arrangements. In this regard, Munsey’s clients rely on his ability to develop, document and implement a commonality of interest among multiple stakeholders, including local governments and neighborhood associations, throughout the complex development process.

Munsey routinely represents developers in the acquisition, assemblage, entitlement, development and disposition of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in urban, suburban, rural and resort areas. In the litigation context, Munsey has significant experience in land use and initiative/referendum disputes, including in Rule 106 proceedings challenging local government decisions and actions in district court and appellate court.

Before practicing law, Munsey was the president of an aircraft maintenance company, a position he held while simultaneously pursuing a law degree, and also worked in property management and building materials distribution. In those roles, Munsey appreciated those attorneys who understood his business and how to frame the legal considerations in a way that helped him achieve his business objectives—a mindset he brings to each representation he handles today.

Munsey served on the firm’s Executive Committee (2004-2012), Recruiting Committee (off and on 2004-2018) 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

  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Land Use and Zoning Law (2013)
  • Best Lawyers (2010-2021) in Land Use and Zoning Law, and in Litigation-Land Use and Zoning
  • Urban Peak Board of Directors (2015-2018)
  • JeffCo EDC Forward JeffCo Steering Committee (2014)
  • 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)