Quander, Caitlin

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

Caitlin advises clients on development and entitlement matters related to land use issues, including performing zoning due diligence and drafting and negotiating development agreements, memorandums of understanding and intergovernmental agreements. She guides clients through board of adjustment, annexation, landmark preservation and historic designation, and planning and zoning processes. Her background in civil defense litigation also allows her to provide fluid representation for development clients 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 also drafts and negotiates lease agreements for commercial retail 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 both on behalf of urban renewal authorities and developers before urban renewal authorities, for tax increment and other sources of public financing.

Caitlin currently serves on Brownstein's Professional Development Committee and the Summer Associate Committee.


Representative Matters
  • 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. Property is at a prime location adjacent to Thornton Station on RTD’s North Metro Line, slated to open by 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.

  • Outside general counsel to a Nevada Indian tribe in a number of large scale development projects, including the development of a 200 MW concentrated solar project in southern Nevada. Work includes the negotiation of lease and other agreements with a large renewable energy developer, development of water rights for the project, negotiation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies and guiding the tribe through the NEPA process. Legal work also included the development of a sales and use tax regulatory structure for the tribe.

News & Events

Board of Trustees, Historic Denver, Inc.

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

Board of Directors, Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

University of Denver Sturm College of Law Mentorship Program


Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2008, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., 2005, cum laude, University of Puget Sound
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018

Colorado Bar Association, Board of Trustees

Colorado Bar Association, Legislative Policy Committee

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


NAIOP, Legislative Policy Committee

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

American Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association