Rob Kaufmann

Rob Kaufmann



Strategic advisor to some of the nation’s largest real estate investors. More than three decades facilitating transformative developments. Unrivaled commitment to giving back to philanthropic organizations.

Rob Kaufmann brings the right players to the table to complete real estate deals. He is nationally respected for his ability to skillfully orchestrate all aspects of commercial real estate transactions for industrial, office, retail, multifamily and single-family master-planned communities. With a practice that spans the life cycle of commercial real estate transactions—acquisition, financing, leasing, development and disposition—there are few issues Rob has not encountered in his more than 30 years of practice. This, coupled with his unparalleled knowledge of the business and legal issues impacting the real estate industry, makes him the go-to legal counsel for real estate investors and developers.

Steering his clients through volatile markets and any challenges that arise, Rob is a strategic problem solver who structures deals and workouts to achieve optimal outcomes. He is a true partner in his clients’ projects. Whether structuring joint ventures, facilitating public-private partnerships, assisting in corporate office relocations, restructurings or portfolio transactions, Rob gets results.

Rob’s propensity to drive change extends beyond his legal practice into the firm and the community. He served on Brownstein’s Executive Committee and is former co-chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Real Estate Department. Rob commits substantial time and resources serving as a board member to nonprofit and civic organizations in the local community, including having served as board chair for JEWISHcolorado, Denver Zoological Foundation, HCA HealthOne Hospital and Colorado AIPAC.

Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • Led efforts for the redevelopment of a large outdoor mall to create a new, mixed-use center, including retail, residential and office space. The firm managed the joint venture structuring, eminent domain process, public and private financing, construction matters, creation of governing documents, national anchors tenant negotiations and leasing of more than one-million-rentable square feet of retail, office and residential space to national, regional and local retailers.

  • Represented an industrial real estate investment trust in the acquisition and forward purchase of industrial properties across the U.S.

  • Served as strategic advisor for one of the country's largest residential home builders to complete the acquisition of various real estate assets and entity interests related to the development of both commercial and residential property in multiple counties.

  • Handled joint venture structuring, financing (private, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), acquisitions and dispositions plus general corporate and securities work for a private equity client focused on multifamily projects.

  • Successfully handled the regional headquarter relocation of one of the largest companies in the Rocky Mountain region including lease negotiations for a to-be-constructed new downtown Denver office building and handled the sale of its then existing downtown Denver office building.

Insights & Publications



  • J.D., 1990, University of Texas School of Law
  • M.B.A., 1990, University of Texas at Austin, Sord Scholar
  • B.A., 1984, University of Texas at Austin


  • Colorado


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Community Involvement


Chair, Board of Governors, Denver Zoological Foundation

Member, Immediate Past Chair, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization

Member, Immediate Past Chair, Colorado AIPAC Council

Former Chair, Board of Governors HCA – HealthONE

Executive Committee Member, Denver Zoo

Executive Committee Member, JEWISHcolorado

Former Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Former Board of Trustees Member, The Colorado Health Foundation

Former Board of Trustees Member, Congregation Emanuel

Former Board Member, Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau Foundation



Community Leadership Award, 2016, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

5280 Top Lawyers, 2015-2024

Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2024

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2019

Leadership Denver