Caitlin Quander

Caitlin Quander



Expertise spans land use and zoning, general real estate matters and urban renewal and public finance. Over a decade of real estate experience. Brings strong local ties to Colorado-focused projects.

With an emphasis on land use and entitlements, Caitlin’s practice spans all areas of real estate development including acquisitions and dispositions, zoning and development as well as serving as special and general counsel to various governmental and quasi-governmental entities.

Working primarily on Colorado projects, Caitlin regularly interfaces with local municipalities and agencies. She advises clients on development and entitlement matters related to land use, including zoning due diligence, development agreements and intergovernmental agreements. She guides clients through board of adjustment, annexation, affordable housing, landmark preservation and historic designation, and planning and zoning processes. Her background in civil defense litigation also allows her to provide fluid representation in land use litigation, specifically 106 actions. She represents publicly traded REITS and privately owned development companies in all aspects of the acquisition and disposition of real property, including multi-family, retail, industrial and office properties.

Caitlin understands the interplay between the public sector and private real estate developers, working on various public-private partnerships for complex projects involving infill redevelopment, urban renewal, eminent domain, mixed use, transit-oriented development and PIFs and other public financing tools. Caitlin has negotiated on behalf of urban renewal authorities and developers for tax increment and other sources of public financing.

Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • Represented Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and property management company, in the acquisition of The Ridge at Thornton Station, a 280-unit apartment complex in Thornton, CO, from Louisville-based Real Capital Solutions. The property is at a prime location adjacent to Thornton Station on RTD’s North Metro Line, slated to open in 2020.

  • Successfully represented GCC Energy, LLC, operator of an existing coal mine in La Plata County, CO, in much contested negotiations and interim hearings with the Board of County Commissioners for a land use permit for continued mine operation ensuring that over 250 local miners' and truck drivers' jobs remained secure.

  • Caitlin Quander led the zoning and land use diligence of the Colorado properties 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.

  • Represented California Splendor, Inc. in its acquisition of Santiam River, Inc., a leader in the Northwest Blackberry industry.

  • On February 19, 2014, a Colorado District Court Judge rejected Rule 106 lawsuit challenging a Douglas County rezoning decision that will now allow for the continued permitting and construction of Sterling Ranch, a planned 3,400-acre, mixed-use development. This ruling was critical for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's client Sterling Ranch, and more generally, for Colorado's landowners and for local governments because the ruling confirms that a 2013 statute, Senate Bill 13-258, provides local governments with sole discretion to determine when during the permitting process a developer must demonstrate the existence of an adequate water supply for a proposed development.

  • Counsel to Zocalo Community Development in its successful application and PUD rezoning before Denver City Council for a Sloan’s Lake property. The rezoning enables a mixed-use redevelopment, comprised of 160 affordable apartments, 10 affordable condominiums, and 150 market-rate condominiums. We also drafted the development agreement and affordable covenants with the City Attorney’s Office and Denver Economic Development & Opportunity office.

  • Special counsel to Commerce City Urban Renewal Authority in the redevelopment of the 65-acre former Mile High Greyhound Park property. Our work includes brokering a master redevelopment agreement and purchase and sale agreement for conveyance of Authority-owned property to Delwest for the redevelopment.

  • Counsel to a joint venture of Mile High Development and Koelbel & Company on complex infill redevelopment of 21.5-acre former Regatta Plaza site in Aurora. Our work includes obtaining approval of multiple urban renewal plans by the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority, negotiation of public finance and redevelopment agreement, phased land swap with King Soopers and land sale in exchange for new lease with KeyBank.

  • Counsel to Westminster Promenade West in its mixed-use redevelopment. The project includes commercial, multi-family residential, live-work, and vertically integrated office, retail and hotel space. Our work includes obtaining approval from Westminster City Council for an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Master Official Development Plan, and securing $4.295 million in sales and admission tax incentives to support the project.

  • Counsel to Encore Consumer Capital in its acquisition of The Lion Brewery, Inc., a full-service contract manufacturer of specialty beverages, located in Northeast Pennsylvania.

  • Counsel to Zocalo Community Development in the negotiation of a redevelopment agreement with Denver Urban Renewal Authority for up to $2.8 million in reimbursable project costs to facilitate the rehabilitation of the historic 101 Broadway building in Denver. The plans include first-floor retail development with affordable housing above.

Insights & Publications



  • J.D., 2008, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., 2005, University of Puget Sound, cum laude


  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


NAIOP, President, Board of Directors 

Colorado Lawyers Committee, Housing Task Force and Election Task Force

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

American Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Community Involvement


Chair, City and County of Denver, Denver Planning Board, Mayor Hancock Appointee

Selection Committee, Mayor’s Design Awards 

Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Historic Denver, Inc.

City and County of Denver, Advancing Equity in Rezoning Task Force 

City and County of Denver, Blueprint Denver Task Force, Mayor Hancock Appointee

Former, Board of Directors, Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Mentorship Program




Award of Excellence, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, 2024

Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024

Outstanding Women in Business, Denver Business Journal, 2023

Finalist, GenXYZ Top 25 Young Professionals, ColoradoBiz, 2022

Co-Chair, Historic Denver Annual Dinner and Awards 2021

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018

Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors 2016-2018

Colorado Bar Association, Legislative Policy Committee 2013-2019

Downtown Denver Leadership Program, Class of 2016

Law Week Colorado, 2013 Up and Coming Lawyer

Colorado Bar Association Leadership Program, Class of 2013

Denver Women's Commission, Mayor Hickenlooper Appointee and Mayor Hancock Re-Appointee, 2010-2014

National Institute of Trial Advocacy Exceptional Advocate, 2010

Articles Editor, University of Denver Water Law Review 2006-2008