James, Bruce A.

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 urban redevelopment projects.

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. 

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 2011 and 2015 mayoral campaigns. Bruce has also served as Chair of Visit Denver, Downtown Denver, Inc., the 16th Street Mall Steering Committee, and recently served on the Denver 2030 winter Olympic Exploratory Committee, underscoring his long standing commitment to the future success of Denver.

News & Events

Board of Directors, Denver Civic Center Conservancy

Board of Directors and Past Chair, Visit Denver - The Convention and Visitors Bureau

Board of Directors and Former Chair, Downtown Denver, Inc.

Co-Chair, 16th Street Mall Steering Committee, Downtown Denver Partnership

Co-Chair, Hancock for Denver Mayoral Campaign 2011 and 2015

Co-Chair, Legal Committee, Denver Winter Olympics Exploratory Committee

Member, Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project Leadership Team

Former Board Member

Biennial of the Americas

City Year Denver

Family Tree Inc.

Junior Achievement

Littleton Hospital

The Denver Brass

Former Chair, South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and South Denver Economic Development Group

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1985, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives
  • B.B.A., 1982, University of Michigan
  • Colorado

Honorary Partner, Downtown Denver Partnership, 2018

5280 Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2017-2018

Who's Who Legal - Real Estate, 2016-2018

Chambers USA, 2005-2018

Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2019

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2018

Lawdragon, "100 Managing Partners You Need To Know", 2008