Charlie J. Smith

Charlie J. Smith



Charlie Smith is a commercial real estate attorney whose background in business and politics allows him to provide forward-thinking legal advice to advance his clients' strategic interests. Charlie’s expertise includes acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, land use and public-private-partnerships (including negotiation of Tax Increment Financing and Public Improvement Fees) for large-scale development, redevelopment, infill, mixed-use, planned community and transit-oriented projects. Because he is often involved in multiple phases of a project from beginning to end, Charlie’s unique perspective allows him to identify potential pitfalls and opportunities for clients that result from the complex interplay between developers and their tenants, lenders, equity investors and public sector partners.

Charlie has advised commercial multi-family, retail, and office developers, home builders, planned community developers, renewable energy, energy storage, oil and gas companies, and individual and institutional investors regarding their projects and investments nationwide. Whether advising a client on the acquisition of a single property, a portfolio sale, the development of raw land in to a regional mixed-use center or the negotiation of a public incentive package, Charlie provides nuanced legal advice that helps his clients close their deals.

Charlie is also a member of the firm’s Land Use & Development Group, Leasing Group, and Condominium and Planned Community Group, to which he brings his transactional experience and land use background.

Representative Matters

Land Use and Development

  • National department store Macy’s is evaluating its real estate portfolio to identify stores for redevelopment and reuse. As part of that effort, Macy’s wanted to transform its store on 29th Street in Boulder, Colorado, into a three-story, roughly 155,000-square-foot office building with about 7,700 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. We assisted Macy’s with obtaining approval of all entitlements for the adaptive reuse of the store, including representing Macy’s through a controversial public hearing process, and in negotiating private agreements with the mall owner to effectuate the redevelopment project.

  • We assisted TopGolf, the global sports and entertainment company in the development of its facility in Thornton, Colorado, including by shepherding the project through multiple controversial public hearing processes. The three-level, 65,000 square foot Thornton location is the company's 56th location worldwide.

  • We advised Blue & Silver Development, the development team selected by the U.S. Air Force Academy to implement an enhanced use lease and to construct a visitor center as part of a 30+ acre mixed-use development called True North Commons. Charlie negotiated a unique 99-year ground lease with the U.S. Air Force for a 30,000 square-foot visitor center, two hotels, 100,000 square feet of office space, and 25,000 square feet of retail space, and has managed the ongoing relationship with the Air Force legal team relative to the ground lease and public financing.

  • We represented Simon Premium Outlets, part of the Simon Property Group, in the development of the Denver Premium Outlets mall, a $134 million, 94-acre premium outlet mall in Thornton, Colorado. Our work included assisting with the acquisition of the property and negotiation of all entitlements, development incentives, and public financing agreements.

  • Assists major renewable energy and energy storage developers with a range of due diligence, transactional and real property matters including purchase option agreements, easements and navigating entitlements.

Acquisitions, sales and leases

  • Represented NexMetro in the record-breaking $63.1 million sale of Avilla Prairie Center, a Single-Family Rental community with 136 homes in Brighton, CO.

  • We represented a Boston-based real estate investment firm in the acquisition of a $250 million office portfolio, one of the largest office deals in Denver metro history. The portfolio consists of the 485,000 square foot Pearl East Business Park in Boulder, Colorado, and the new Circa office building at 1615 Platte Street in Denver.

  • We represented EF Education First, an education company that specializes in language training, in its 54,000 square foot lease at Platte Fifteen in lower downtown Denver. Platte Fifteen is Denver’s first structure to utilize sustainable cross-laminated timber. Our team negotiated the lease for EF and subsequent subleases at its former space.

  • We assisted a publicly traded oil and gas company in its acquisition of land in Windsor, Colorado for the construction of its new regional headquarters facility. Our team negotiated the purchase and sale agreements with the adjacent landowners, easements for construction of shared improvements, development agreements with the town, and construction contracts with the general contractors and project manager.

Insights & Publications



  • J.D., 2012, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.S., 2007, University of Denver Daniels College of Business


  • Colorado


Member, Castle Rock Economic Development Council

Board Member, Economic Development Council of Colorado

Board Member, Castle Rock Economic Development

Council Member, Northwest Douglas County Chamber & EDC



Community Involvement


Associate Board, ACE Scholarships

Advocacy and Relations Advisor, International Justice Mission

AIPAC Club Member

Vice-Chairman, International Young Democratic Union, 2009 – 2011

National Chairman, College Republican National Committee, Washington, DC, 2007 – 2009



Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, 2024

Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program, 2017

AIPAC Ally Award, 2008

CNN’s 2008 Young People Who Rock

GQ Magazine’s “Who It Takes” 2008