Erik is the senior member of the firm’s Real Estate Section and has focused on transactional real estate for the past 31 years. Erik is a former member of the Real Estate Section Council of the Colorado Bar Association, has had an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 14 years, and has been honored as a Colorado Super Lawyer and Colorado Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer every year for the past nine years.
Erik has represented residential, commercial and multifamily developers in commercial assemblage and zoning projects ranging in size from a few dozen acres to over 1,000 acres. Erik has drafted condominium and CC&R documents for mixed use projects, multifamily developments, a 1,100-acre equestrian community and a Jack Nicklaus golf course community. Erik has over 20 years of experience representing multi-family developers, including ten years of experience helping them navigate their way through the HUD 221(d)(4) market rate financing maze.
Erik’s clients include national real estate developers in commercial, industrial, residential and multi-family projects, closing hundreds of millions in real estate transactions across the country each year. Erik is also one of only a handful of LEED AP certified attorneys in the state of Colorado.
Erik has experience coordinating public-private partnerships in the development and preservation of commercial real estate projects utilizing TIF financing, block grants, tax credits and a host of other financing sources and techniques. Erik was instrumental in the real estate structuring for the redevelopment of the Denver Dry Building, as well as the Downtown YMCA Building, the Downtown Tattered Cover Bookstore Building, and multiple residential projects for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Erik was also lead counsel representing InnerCity Community Development in the preservation and renovation of the 3800 York Project, employing a unique combination of financing sources including MOED, DURA, TIF, FHLBB, Historic Façade Credits, Federal Grants, and a public-private partnership with Colorado Santa Fe. Each of these projects required multiple layers of public-private cooperation, financing, and innovative legal representation.
Well-prepared and dedicated, Erik counsels clients in the selection and formation of business entities, negotiation of commercial leases, resolution of construction defect claims, and litigation avoidance. He has seen his clients through constantly changing business and real estate cycles. Erik is an expert at finding practical resolutions to complex problems.
Speaking engagements and publications
- Speaker on “Building Condominiums & Avoiding Construction Defect Litigation” at Moye White’s “Hot Topics in Real Estate: How Are You Affected?” seminar, August 28, 2014
- Panelist, "Business in the Bakken," April 17, 2014
- "Building Green - Risks and Rewards," Colorado Real Estate Journal, April 2, 2014
- Panelist, "Project Planning and Land Development in the Bakken," Bakken Construction Summit, Bismarck, North Dakota, September 25, 2013
- "Subdividing land in Denver: I say 'simple,' you say 'not so,'" Colorado Real Estate Journal, August 21, 2013
- “Mediating Green Projects and Construction Disputes,” ABA Spring Conference, 2010
- “Green Building Issues – Appraisers Need Our Help Now!” Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference, 2010
- "Energy Efficiency and Green Building Issues”, CLE Colorado, 2010
- Program Chair, 12th Annual Real Estate Development Conference, 2007
- Campbell v. Summit Plaza Assocs., 192 P.3d 465 (Colo. App. 2008), cert. denied (Colo. 2008)
- Levy-Wegrzyn v. Ediger, 899 P.2d 230 (Colo. App. 1994), cert. Denied (Colo. 1995)
- In re Union Square Dev. Co., 140 B.R. 544 (Bankr. D. Colo. 1992)
- In re Blinder, Robinson & Co., 135 B.R. 899 (Bankr. D. Colo. 1992)
- Jelen & Son, Inc. V. Kaiger Steel Corp., 807 P.2d 1241 (Colo. App. 1991)
- Summit Foods, Inc. v. Greyhound Food Management, Inc., 752 F. Supp. 363 (D. Colo. 1990)