Carolynne C. White - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Carolynne C. White

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Carolynne is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Her practice spans the Land Use, Government Relations, Real Estate and Natural Resources groups. Carolynne is an experienced land use and public policy attorney, with strong state and local government relationships, and cutting-edge expertise. Her specialty is managing complex and challenging projects and navigating multiple regulatory environments for optimal outcomes for clients. Her strong local and state relationships with elected officials and staff statewide ensure that clients always have the best information and the best opportunity to be heard. One of only twenty-three LEED-accredited attorneys in the state of Colorado, Ms. White also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, and in Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Carolynne's practice focuses primarily on the zoning and entitlement process, with an emphasis on complex projects involving redevelopment, infill, brownfields, urban renewal, eminent domain, mixed use, transit-oriented development, PIFs and other public financing tools, and special challenges such as historic preservation. Carolynne has obtained entitlements for projects ranging from high-rise hotels to large-tenant retail to mixed use developments involving retail, office and residential components. Carolynne has also handled permitting for pipelines, compressor stations, and other mining and oil and gas related facilities. Carolynne also serves as special and general counsel to a variety of governmental and quasi-governmental entities, such as urban renewal authorities, special districts, and redevelopment authorities.

From 1999 to 2004, Carolynne was the staff attorney for the Colorado Municipal League, the nonprofit association representing the cities and towns of Colorado. In that capacity, she represented Colorado municipalities before the Colorado General Assembly, various state agencies and the courts. Focusing primarily on land use issues, Carolynne worked on state legislation dealing with growth management, comprehensive planning, impact fees, zoning, annexation, subdivision, urban renewal, condemnation and special districts. Additionally, she has also worked on legislation ranging from construction defects reform to governmental immunity.

From 1994 to 1999, Carolynne was a staff attorney in the legal department for the Denver Water Board where she handled a wide range of responsibilities that included litigation in federal, state and administrative courts; drafting policies and procedures; and handling real estate transactions dealing with Denver Water property.

Additional Information

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

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

    Negotiated on behalf of a municipality an amended and restated development agreement and parks agreement with respect to a large master planned community.

    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.

    University of New MexicoBA 1987University of DenverJ.D. 1993University of Colorado - DenverUniversity of Colorado - DenverMPA 2006
    DU Law School Alumni CouncilFlorence Crittenton ServicesAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Planning AssociationColorado Bar AssociationColorado Municipal LeagueColorado Women's Bar AssociationDenver Bar AssociationInternational Council of Shopping CentersNational Association of Industrial and Office Properties

    Case History

    Superior Town Center

    Ms. White recently closed on the first phase of complex public finance and real estate transactions for her client, Ranch Capital, kicking off the 157-acre Superior Town Center Project in Superior, Colorado. This project includes:

    • Up to 444,000 square feet of commercial/retail

    • Up to 373,000 square feet of office, including incubator space and a large, free-standing office building

    • Private indoor recreation space for a multi-sport complex up to 150,000 square feet

    • 1,400 homes of varying types targeted to empty nesters, retirees, small families, single-parent families, and young professionals not to exceed 2,500 square feet each

    • Hotel space for up to 500 rooms


    The project is financed with a unique combination of public and private financing, including urban renewal tax increment financing, metro districts, and public improvement fees. Carolynne served as the developer’s counsel, handling entitlements, real estate transactional matters, and overall public finance structure.

    Glendale 180

    Ms. White is presently advising the Glendale Urban Renewal Authority on its Glendale 180 project — a $175 million entertainment and retail venue. The project is expected to open in 2017 and will feature 303,225 square feet of leasable space, with 109,000 square feet dedicated to entertainment uses and the remaining 194,000 used for retail on a 42-acre site.


    The project is expected to create 1,242 construction jobs and another 1,016 permanent jobs upon completion, according to the city of Glendale. Glendale 180 will include a mix of public and private financing.


    Ms. White is advising on overall public and private finance structure, urban renewal matters, negotiation with the selected developer, and zoning and entitlements.

    Office Location

    410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
    Denver, CO 80202-4432
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Real Estate Law