Smith, Charles J.

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 retail and office developers, planned community developers, 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 Condominium and Planned Community Group, to which he brings his transactional experience and land use background. 


Representative Matters
  • Represented Simon Premium Outlets, part of the Simon Property Group, the leading US-based commercial real estate company and the largest real estate investment trust and largest shopping center operator in the US on the development of the new Denver Premium Outlet mall, on all aspects of the project, including transactional, entitlements, and negotiation of an incentive package. The project is a $134M, 94-acre premium outlet mall in Thornton, Colorado, and is expected to generate circa $100M in revenue for the city of Thornton over its lifetime.

  • Counsel to Evergreen/Clear Creek Crossing, the 100-acre mixed-use project in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, that includes a wide range of uses, including retail, hotel, multifamily residential and employment. Our Colorado-based real estate team negotiated a $35M incentive and public finance package for the project.

  • Brownstein led the real estate diligence for Starwood Capital’s acquisition of over $1.3 billion worth of Colorado multi-family projects from Equity Residential. The portfolio included nearly 6,000 apartment units spread across 18 Colorado properties located in Boulder and metro Denver. The Colorado portfolio was part of a larger 72- property deal that included 23,262 apartment units in apartment projects in D.C., Florida, California, and Seattle and had an aggregate sales price of $5.3 billion.

  • Counsel to ClubCorp in its acquisition of Atlanta-based Sequoia Golf in a deal valued at roughly $265M. The deal for the additional 50 clubs was negotiated and concluded in only two months.

News & Events

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

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

Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program, 2017

AIPAC Ally Award, 2008

CNN’s 2008 Young People Who Rock

GQ Magazine’s “Who It Takes” 2008


Member, Castle Rock Economic Development Council