Kirkbride, Abby L.

Pulling from her established track record representing clients in development matters, Abby assists clients with projects from beginning to end. 

Through her time as a development attorney, she has honed in on the subsection of where corporate work meets real estate law, all the while dedicating herself to being accessible to clients and quickly to respond to their needs.

She has experience in facilitating joint venture partnerships and project opportunities, performing due diligence in all phases of real estate transactions, supervising renovation activities and participating in the development review process in municipalities and counties across Colorado. With a background in land use, urban planning and municipal representation, Abby also frequently works on projects at the local government level, providing her with vital knowledge of local government and land use issues.

Her Colorado-centric practice and experience allows Abby to guide clients through land use and development matters and matters such as metro districts and local government entitlements. Most recently, she has contributed to work on an innovative 480-unit, net zero energy housing development, a project that began with annexation and has required multiple tiers of entitlements.

Prior to joining the firm, Abby was an associate with White, Bear, Ankele, Tanaka & Waldron, P.C. in Centennial, Colorado and also worked as a partner in Westbrook Development Partners in Denver, Colorado. She previously served as a law clerk for the Colorado Municipal League and interned for the Denver City Attorney’s Office and for Clarion Associates.

Abby holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.

Representative Matters
  • The firm is representing ZBlock Holdings LLC in negotiating the financing, the joint venture and the condominium and construction documents, as well as numerous management and property-related agreements, in the redevelopment of an entire city block in lower downtown Denver known as Dairy Block. The project includes Dairy Block, a 6 story, mixed use project with 260,000 square feet of office space, ground floor retail and 170 hotel rooms. The deal required two separate financing/lending deals.

  • Representing Continuum Partners in the redevelopment of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center 9th and Colorado campus, which will include a horizontal and vertical mix of uses, including residential, office, retail, restaurant, hotel and public space. The firm negotiated the acquisition of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at 9th and Colorado in Denver, which included completing all physical and legal due diligence for the site, providing advice with respect to Continuum’s administrative amendment for the GDP encumbering the property, and negotiating with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority for $47.9 million in TIF funds. We continue to oversee all legal work at the 30 acre project, including the development of both the retail and residential components of the site.

  • Led the real estate diligence for Starwood Capital’s acquisition of over $1.3 billion worth of Colorado multi-family projects from Equity Residential. The portfolio acquisition that includes 18 Colorado properties located between Boulder and metro Denver and totaling nearly 6,000 apartment units, was among a larger 72- property deal which also included apartment projects in D.C., Florida, California and Seattle and totaled 23,262 apartment units at a $5.3 billion aggregate sales price.

  • Led the acquisition of 14,000 acres of farmland in eastern Colorado, together with 18,000 water shares for a private equity firm.

News & Events
  • Board of Directors, AXL Academy Charter School
  • Committee Member, NAIOP Real Estate Industry Mentorship Program
  • Former Board of Directors member, Mountain Flower Urban Goat Dairy
  • Participant, Colorado Law Public Service Pledge (265 volunteer hours)
Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2013, University of Colorado Law School
  • M.U.R.P., 2013, University of Colorado at Denver
  • B.A., 2007, cum laude, John Brown University
  • Colorado
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association