A real estate attorney with a business perspective, Blair Lichtenfels advises prominent developers and equity investors in connection with redevelopment, urban infill, brownfields, mixed use and transit-oriented developments. Her expertise encompasses entitlement review, securing required land use approvals, acquisition and disposition, planned community and condominium development and formation, providing community outreach advice and advising on public-private partnerships for complex commercial projects including single family residential developments, industrial parks, office buildings, apartments, hotels, retail and mixed-use projects across the country.
Blair has represented several developers of master planned communities – both mixed use and residential – in connection with acquisition, disposition, due diligence, entitlement, community outreach, Title 32 metropolitan district formation and financing and coordination of construction of public improvements.
Blair handles the acquisition, development and sale of various industrial assets for her clients, demonstrating her understanding of their needs through effective, nuanced counsel. Recent projects in the industrial sector include negotiating complex forward purchase contacts on behalf of buyers, developers and sellers, and assisting in the acquisition and entitlement of large regional distribution facilities.
Blair understands the interplay between the public sector and private real estate developers. Blair has negotiated with various urban renewal authorities in Colorado, including the Denver Urban Renewal Authority and Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority, for tax increment and other sources of public financing. Additionally, Blair works with municipalities to secure entitlements permitting her clients’ projects to proceed in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Blair has extensive experience structuring and negotiating Public Improvement Fee (PIF) Covenants, allowing her clients to successfully bridge the gap between available public and private financing sources.
Prior business experience gives Blair a well-rounded perspective and the ability to keep her clients’ strategic objectives front and center. She brings a positive approach and emphasis on partnership to her work, allowing her to close difficult transactions with minimal conflict.
Blair understands the value of a thorough knowledge of the law, as evidenced by her three year commitment to co-teaching the 10-week course, “Colorado Real Estate Practice,” which is widely recognized as the best basic real estate course in Colorado.
Blair co-chairs Brownstein’s Condominium and Planned Community Group and coordinates all of the in house training for the Real Estate department.