Brownstein is pleased to announce that Don Kortz has joined the firm’s Real Estate Department as of counsel and will be based in the firm’s Denver office.
“As a firm, we’ve worked with Don on a number of noteworthy projects over the years so it’s fitting that we’re now able to introduce him as an official member of the Brownstein real estate team,” said Aaron Hyatt, co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. “Don brings an unrivaled knowledge of the commercial real estate sector and will serve as an asset to our clients as well as to our attorneys.”
Kortz recently retired from Cushman & Wakefield, one of the largest global commercial real estate services companies, where he was vice chairman. Throughout his career, he has served as a consultant to major corporations, professional organizations and health institutions in their expansion, contraction and relocation needs.
As a third-generation Coloradan, Kortz is a pillar of the community dedicating his time and talents to a number of nonprofit and civic organizations. He was the first president and CEO of the Rose Community Foundation, an organization created from the proceeds of the sale of Rose Medical Center. He also served as chairman of the board of Rose Medical Center, chair of Children’s Hospital Colorado, chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the boards of National Jewish Health, HealthONE, Mizel Museum and the Denver Zoo. He served on the boards of top organizations including Omnibanks, Commercial Assets, Asset Investors, Key Bank of Colorado, Merchant’s Mortgage of Colorado and as a director of Steele Street Bank & Trust (MidFirst Bank). He was appointed by former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens to the Task Force on Child Welfare and by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care.
Kortz was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2013 and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He received his bachelor of business administration degree from Tulane University and his juris doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. He served as a captain in the United States Army, stationed in Germany.