After graduating from the University of Colorado’s law school, childhood friends Norm Brownstein, Steve Farber and Jack Hyatt open the doors of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber. From day one, the founders utilized their networking and community-building skills to grow their firm.
California Water Law
Stanley Hatch, one of the founding members of Hatch & Parent, took on the South Coast of Santa Barbara County representing the Santa Ynez Valley in the struggle over apportionment of the county’s water—growing the firm’s water practice into the largest in California.
Nevada Gaming Commission
Frank Schreck joins the Nevada Gaming Commission at age 27.
Reputation for Real Estate Law
Trammell Crow Company becomes a client. Now, 41 years and 800 matters later, it is still one of the firm’s most significant real estate clients.
The Rocky Mountain News describes Norm Brownstein and Steve Farber as “Powerbrokers” for the first time based on their influence and work on political and business fronts in Denver.
Firm Name Change
The firm’s name changed to Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Madden.
Jack Hyatt Retires
Named partner Jack Hyatt retires to spend more time with his family after serving as the firm’s managing partner for 23 years.
Central Platte Valley
The firm assisted Trillium Corp. for many years with its acquisition and sale of 50 acres of land between Union Station and the Platte River.
Firm Name Change
The firm’s name changed to Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Strickland. Tom Strickland was with the firm until 1998, when he was appointed U.S. Attorney by President Bill Clinton and the firm’s name returned to Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.
DIA and United Airlines
Helped shape the development of the new Denver International Airport, including working to secure $500 million in funding for construction and negotiating United Airlines’ lease at the new airport.
DC Office Opens
Building off Norm Brownstein and the firm’s advocacy efforts around the U.S.-Israel relationship, the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C., starting out with a cramped office space, a few employees and one client.
1996 Telecom Act
Helped the cable industry win a major victory in the Telecommunications Act of 1966, which paved the way for innovations such as broadband.
Pepsi Center and Nuggets
Led ASCENT Entertainment Group, former owner of the Denver Nuggets NBA franchise and the Colorado Avalanche NHL franchise, in negotiations with the city of Denver to finance and build the Pepsi Center. Also completed the first non-recourse financing of a sports franchise.
Mile High Stadium
Played a critical role in the development of a new stadium for the Denver Broncos, including modifying legislation and negotiating agreements with the city to get the Broncos out of a long-term lease at Mile High Stadium.
Supreme Court Win
Brownstein’s first successful case in the U.S. Supreme Court was Sutton v. United Airlines. Lisa Hogan won at every stage for United and the case has been called “the most important ADA case that the Supreme Court has yet decided.”
Mark F. Leonard Scholarship Program
The firm establishes the Mark F. Leonard Scholarship Program, a four-year scholarship of $2,500 a year awarded to a staff member’s child each year.
Albuquerque Office Opens
Our Albuquerque office opens with four attorneys to serve the needs of clients doing work in New Mexico.
Bruce James Named Managing Partner
Bruce James is named managing partner of the firm. Previously, Jack Hyatt served as managing partner until 1991 and from 1991–2003, the firm had a committee-based management structure.
TREX and E-470 Corridor
The firm served as counsel to developers of the E-470 Public Highway and the T-REX Project, Denver’s primary highway-light-rail corridor.
Karma Volunteer Program
After decades of giving back to the community, the firm formalized its community relations program with the creation of the firm’s Karma Program and Committee.
Merger with Schreck Brignone
Merged with the Las Vegas-based law firm of Schreck Brignone to become Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Led by Frank Schreck, the firm brought a notable list of high-profile gaming clients with it.
The firm was involved in the building of The Pinnacle at City Park South, a winner of NAIOP’s Development of the Year, and another example of the role of the firm in the revitalization and urban renewal of Denver.
Merger with Hatch & Parent
Merged with California law firm Hatch & Parent creating one of the largest water practices in the country and making Brownstein the third-largest law firm in Denver.
Steve Farber serves as co-chair and a member of the executive committee responsible for bringing the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver.
Firm Doubles in Size
The firm experienced unprecedented growth, doubling in size in four years due to the addition of new talent and the mergers with Schreck Brignone and Hatch & Parent.
AMLaw Top 200 and Top 10 Lobbying Firm
Named to American Lawyer’s list of top 200 highest-grossing law firms in the U.S. at No. 174 and included for the first time in the list of top 10 lobbying firms based on federal lobbying revenue.
The Streets at Southglenn
Alberta Development Partners turned to the firm for comprehensive legal representation and strategic counsel as they moved to redevelop, and revitalize, the once bustling Southglenn Mall.
Atlantic City Office Opens
Opened Atlantic City, N.J., office with three experienced gaming attorneys, giving the firm an East Coast hub to complement its Las Vegas office.
The Union Station redevelopment project was the nexus of public/private partnerships, real estate and hospitality law. Brownstein served, and continues to serve, as legal counsel to the Union Station Alliance, the development and investment group responsible for the station’s redevelopment.
The firm formalizes its Pro Bono Program and establishes a Pro Bono Partner. The firm averages more than 12,000 pro bono hours each year.
Adam Agron and Ellen Schulhofer Named Co-Managing Partners
Adam Agron and Ellen Schulhofer named co-managing partners of the firm after Bruce James steps down to return to his full-time real estate practice.
Expansion of IP Practice
Brownstein invests in building its Intellectual Property group with the addition of more than 15 professionals throughout the year given the important role intellectual property law plays in the U.S. economy now and in the future.
No. 2 Lobbying Firm
After being among the top 10 lobbying firms for the past six years, Brownstein was named No. 2 on the list of federal lobbying shops based on revenue.
Merged with Watson Rounds
Merged with Reno-based Watson Rounds, expanding the capabilities of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and making it into one of the largest IP departments based in the Mountain West.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The firm played an important role in advocating for some of the most important changes to the U.S. tax code in 30 years.
Celebrating the first 50 years and those who contributed to the firm’s journey; looking ahead to the next 50 years of providing successful legal and legislative outcomes for our clients.