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Cory M. Rutz


Lenisa Correa-Reyes, 303.575.7593


Cory Rutz represents property owners and developers in the acquisition and entitlement of commercial, residential and industrial projects. Cory’s practice includes assisting clients with local government approval of annexations, subdivisions, rezonings and development agreements. Her recent work includes advising clients on incorporating various types of short-term rental uses into their properties. With joint degrees in law and urban planning, Cory fundamentally understands the real-world challenges and implications of her clients’ work, and she focuses on offering pragmatic solutions aimed at accomplishing their individual goals. 

In addition to her land use practice, Cory works with clients on purchase and sale agreements, common interest community plans, construction contracts, public-private partnerships and related financing matters. Her transactional work includes representing private landowners, real estate developers and corporate clients across the Front Range.

Before joining the firm, Cory interned with a national planning and zoning consulting firm, the U.S. 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 teaches Land Use Planning as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  She is a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee, and she co-chairs the Community Committee.

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  • Co-Presenter: The End of Single-Family Zoning?, APA Colorado Conference, Virtual (October 2020)
  • Author: The Value of Virtual Public Meetings for Land Use Matters: Now and Post-COVID-19, Denver Business Journal (September 2020)
  • Co-Presenter: Navigating Virtual Public Meetings, Webinar (August 2020)
  • Moderator: Role of Government in Real Estate Finance, Rocky Mountain Land Institute Annual Conference, Denver, CO (March 2020)
  • Presenter: Transferrable Development Rights, Land Use Law: How-To (Advanced), Denver, CO (December 2019)
  • Co-Presenter: Short-term Rentals: Trials and Tribulations, CBA-CLE Fall Real Estate Update, Denver, CO (October 2019)
  • Presenter: Short-term Rentals: The Big Five, Denver Business Series Legal Café, Denver, CO (September 2019)
  • Guest Lecturer: University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program, Denver, CO (September 2019)
  • Co-Presenter: Why Home Rule Matters (Or Doesn’t), APA Colorado Conference, Snowmass Village, CO (September 2019)
  • Co-Presenter: Everything Old is New Again: Evolving Approaches to Nonconformities, APA Western Planner Conference, Santa Fe, NM (September 2019)
  • Co-presenter: Fundamentals of Real Estate Law Workshop: Property Law Basics, Rocky Mountain Land Institute Annual Conference, Denver, CO (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, CO (December 2016)
  • Co-Presenter with Tom Macdonald: Ethical Issues in the Land Use Process, Land Use Law: How-To, Denver, CO (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

  • American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division: Secretary-Treasurer (2018 to present)
  • Urban Peak: Board Member (2018 to present)
  • 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)


"I serve on the board of, and also personally support, Urban Peak because I believe that all youth deserve safe, secure environments as they learn and grow into adulthood."