Cory M. Rutz


Wanda Henry, 303.575.7539


Cory represents property owners and developers in the acquisition and entitlement of commercial, residential and industrial projects.  Her practice includes assisting clients with local government approval of annexations, subdivisions, rezonings and development agreements, as well as private matters such as covenants and restrictions, easements and construction contracts.

While earning her joint law and planning degrees, Cory interned with a national planning and zoning consulting firm, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Denver Water, and the Western Water Policy Program at the University of Colorado. Before starting law school, Cory worked as a resin engineer for a global supplier of paints, coatings, and other chemicals.

Cory is a member of the firm's Attorney Development and Recruiting Committees, and she co-chairs the Wellness Committees.

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  • Co-presenter: Fundamentals of Real Estate Law Workshop: Property Law Basics, Rocky Mountain Land Institute Annual Conference, Denver, Colo. (March 2018)
  • Speaker: ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Spring Symposia, The Short-Term Rental Conundrum: Entrepreneurial Spirit vs. Local Regulation (April 2017)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Denver's Dedicated Affordable Housing Fund: Taxes and Fees Take Effect January 1 (December 2016)
  • Co-Presenter with Brian Connolly: Ex Parte Communications, Ethics: Best Practices in a Changing Field, Denver, Colorado (December 2016)
  • Co-Presenter with Tom Macdonald: Ethical Issues in the Land Use Process, Land Use Law: How-To, Denver, Colorado (November 2016)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Denver's Much-Anticipated Short-Term Rental Regulations Take Effect July 1st (June 2016)
  • Otten Johnson Alert: Tiny Houses: Problems Bigger than Where to Put Your Stuff (November 2015)
  • Co-author: ILSA Requirements for Condos Facing Change (Law Week Colorado 10/13/2014)
  • Otten Johnson Alert:  Good News for LLC Members and Managers; Bad News for Lenders and Other Creditors (July 2013)
  • ​Co-author: Does the Upper Basin have a Delivery Obligation or an Obligation Not to Deplete the Flow of the Colorado River at Lee Ferry, Colorado River Governance Initiative (April 2012)

Awards & Involvement

  • Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program (2017)
  • Booklovers Ball, Corporate Committee (2017)
  • Dora Moore ECE-8 School, Firm Liaison


  • State of Colorado
  • Colorado Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School (2014)
  • M.U.R.P., University of Colorado Denver (2014)
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tulane University (2008)