Norman Brownstein - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Norman Brownstein

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

A founding member and Chairman of the Board of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Norm is nationally recognized for his extensive experience in real estate law, commercial transactions and public policy advocacy. Resident in the firm’s Denver office, his policy practice spans the economic spectrum, extending to telecommunications, financial services, agriculture, tax and health care interests.

Norm has helped dozens of major organizations and corporations successfully develop and execute myriad legislative and regulatory strategies, including AT&T, Apollo Private Equity, Toshiba Corporation, Western Union, Caesars Entertainment, Federal Express, Ares Capital, Guggenheim Partners, Simon Properties, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Roundtable, Comcast, Intelsat, Global Crossing, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Private Equity Growth Capital Council. He has overseen the development and implementation of strategy for such complex matters as:

  • Obtaining the inclusion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of the cancellation of indebtedness income tax deferral
  • Obtaining a 5-year carry back for net operating losses
  • Obtaining on behalf of a public REIT a provision in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 shortening the required holding period necessary to avoid the imposition of a corporate level tax on the "built-in gains" upon the sale of property. As a result, the client is able to sell non-strategic assets in 2010 and 2011 acquired as part of a larger corporate acquisition without incurring a corporate level tax on the sale of the assets.
  • Leading complex negotiations involving a rural telecommunications provider and two federal agencies, the FCC and the Department of Agriculture, to create an unprecedented arrangement involving issues related to our client continuing its business
  • Expanding telecommunications law to permit satellite companies to re-use their spectrum to transmit communications via terrestrial wireless facilities
  • Amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to eliminate frivolous lawsuits against private contractors working on behalf of hundreds of America’s district attorneys
  • Obtaining approval of the AT&T-Bell South transaction before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Helping a major telecommunications company emerge from bankruptcy to successfully influence communications policy in Congress and at the FCC
  • Helping obtain approval of the Toshiba-Westinghouse and CVS-Caremark mergers
  • Securing financing for the construction of a major power plant in East Asia
  • Retrieving a satellite license after the FCC revoked the license from a satellite company
  • Representing the cable industry in successfully protecting the local franchising approval process

In light of these and many successes in other legal areas, the National Law Journal named Norm one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and Norm was named as one of Lawdragon's 500 Top Leading Lawyers in America.  He has also been included in the Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers. Active in community affairs, Norm is involved in many activities on behalf of the University of Colorado and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he is currently vice president. He is presently a director of National Jewish Health and a trustee of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Norm is a past presidential appointee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council (1996-2006).

Norm has received many awards and recognitions during his career. He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Humanitarian Award, the President’s Award and the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service from National Jewish Health, the Talmud Leadership Award from AIPAC, the Distinguished Service Award from ArtReach, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Colorado School of Law. He was awarded the Mizel Museum’s Community Cultural Enrichment Award and the University Medal from the University of Colorado.

In 2012, Norm was included, with 88 other distinguished American Citizens who have influenced American Public Policy, in the "Network" a permanent display at the Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Since founding the firm in 1968, Norm's strategic vision has helped build a three-man partnership into the powerhouse law firm it is today, with nearly 250 attorneys and legislative consultants in offices across the country.

University of ColoradoBS 1965University of Colorado School of LawJ.D. 1968
American Israel Public Affairs CommitteeNational Jewish HealthSimon Wiesenthal CenterDenver Symphony Rose Medical CenterAmerican College of Real Estate Lawyers American Bar Association Colorado Bar Association Denver Bar Association

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations Practice of the Denver Metro Area
Norman Brownstein has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice (Financial Services, Media, Telecommunications)