Carolynne C. White

Carolynne C. White



Deep relationships with local and state governments. Thrives on helping clients navigate complex redevelopment and urban renewal projects. More than 30 years of real estate law experience.

Challenging, controversial and complicated land use and real estate deals are the cornerstone of Carolynne White’s practice. With more than two decades of experience, Carolynne focuses on the zoning and entitlement process as it relates to redevelopment—both infill and urban renewal. She also helps clients identify and manage public financing tools such as tax increment finance, districts and public improvement fees (PIFs). Clients rely on her ability to guide them through multiple regulatory environments handling all the roadblocks along the way to achieve optimal outcomes. 

A champion for her clients throughout all phases of a project, Carolynne utilizes her strong local and state relationships with elected officials and staff statewide to ensure that her clients always have the best information and the opportunity to be heard. She brings creative solutions and is never afraid to try a new strategy. Building her relationships with municipalities since long before she began working at Brownstein, Carolynne served as a staff attorney for the Colorado Municipal League and for the Denver Water Board. 

Carolynne applies her passion for problem solving to her leadership roles in a several community and civic organizations. She serves on the board of directors for the Adams County Regional Economic Partnership, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities and the Aurora Economic Development Council. 

Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • 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.

  • 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. This controversial project involved more than five years of public meetings and more than 47 technical expert reports for the King II coal mine, which produces circa one million tons of coal per year. The firm continues to advise Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua regarding on-going permit compliance issues and permitting for related facilities.

  • Successful representation of municipality seeking over $140 million in state funding for large-scale development projects under Colorado's Regional Tourism Act.

  • Represented CBS Outdoor Inc. on Denver compliance and land use issues involving outdoor advertising devices, including matters involving ordinance changes to the Denver sign code.

  • Represented Alberta Development Partners, LLC in the development and financing of Cornerstar, a new mixed-use center containing 158 acres of retail and residential space in Aurora, Colorado. Brownstein handled the leasing and selling of portions of the center to national and regional retailers such as Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Office Depot, 24 Hour Fitness and Sunflower Market.

  • 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.

Insights & Publications




  • M.P.A., M.U.R.P., 2006, University of Colorado at Denver
  • J.D., 1993, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., 1987, University of New Mexico

Previous Experience

Staff Attorney, Colorado Municipal League (1999-2004)

Staff Attorney, Denver Water Board (1994-1999)


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


American Bar Association

American Planning Association

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association Legislative Policy Committee, 1998-1999

Colorado Municipal League

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centers

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

William E. Doyle Inns of Court, 1991-2009

Community Involvement


Chair, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Adams County Economic Development

Board of Directors, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Board of Directors, Economic Development Council of Colorado 

Board of Directors, Metro North Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Former, Board of Directors, Downtown Colorado, Inc.

Former, Colorado State University Real Estate Council

Board of Directors, Florence Crittenton Services, 2009-2016

City and County of Denver, Zoning Task Force, 2005-2010

DU Law School Alumni Council, 1993-1999, 2006-2012

  • Vice Chair, 2009-2011; Chair, 2011-2012

Metro State Foundation Board Member, 2008-2010

Sen. Michael Bennet Appointee, Bipartisan Selection Advisory Committee, 2015




"Carolynne is absolutely a highly regarded legal mind and leader in her land use law specialty." "She is incredibly intelligent, creative, dedicated and a pleasure to work with." – Chambers USA, 2023

Sources describe her as a "phenomenal lawyer" as well as "top notch." Chambers USA, 2020

Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2024

  • Municipal Law Lawyer of the Year, Denver, 2023
  • Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, Denver, 2020, 2023

Chambers USA, 2016-2023

CREW Denver Top Achiever Award in Law, 2017

LEED Accredited Professional

5280 Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2017, 2024

Top Women Lawyer, Law Week Colorado, 2011, 2018

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2007, 2018-2024

Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 1998-2000, 2003-2004, 2006-2008

Board of Trustees, First Vice President, Denver Bar Association, 2006-2007

Board of Trustees, Second Vice President, Denver Bar Association, 2003-2004

Editor, Colorado Lawyer, “Government and Administrative News” column, 1999-2006

Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, Denver Bar Association, 1999-2005

Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year, 1999

Board of Directors, Legal Aid Foundation, 1995-1998