Bruce James has played a leading role over the past 25 years in some of the most notable real estate projects in the Denver area and a number of significant projects throughout the country. Practicing across a broad spectrum of real estate transactions, Bruce is best known for his expertise in public/private partnerships, hotel and resort properties and the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial real estate portfolios.
In the public/private arena, Bruce served as lead counsel for the redevelopment of the historic Union Station train station in Denver, leading a deep bench of Brownstein lawyers who provided expertise on issues concerning construction, hospitality, public/private partnerships, historic tax credits and joint venture issues, among others. He has also served as lead counsel on many other impactful public/private projects in Denver, including the Colorado Justice Center, Colorado History Museum, Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building and Museum Residences.
In the hospitality sector, his recent projects include The Art Hotel in Denver, the Hyatt Fitzsimons Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora, the Marriott Lane Field Hotel in San Diego, The Maven at Dairy Block Hotel in Denver, Union Tower West in Denver, the Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California and the Eventi Hotel in New York City.
In portfolio transactions, Bruce has led the acquisition, disposition and financing of several large commercial real estate portfolios, representing several billion dollars in transactional value.
Bruce has been active in community and firm leadership throughout his career, having served as Managing Partner at Brownstein from 2003-2013, during a period in which Brownstein grew from 80 lawyers to over 250 lawyers and advisors. He also served as General Counsel at the firm and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Department.
On the community front, he served as Co-Chair of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s successful 2015 re-election campaign and served as Co-Chair of Mayor Hancock’s successful 2011 mayoral campaign. Bruce has also served as Chair of Visit Denver, Downtown Denver, Inc. and the 16th Street Mall Steering Committee, underscoring his long standing commitment to the future success of Denver.