Charles D. Calvin

Senior Counsel


Charles D. Calvin represents clients in corporate and commercial transactions, with particular emphasis on commercial real estate and project finance. He counsels clients in all aspects of commercial property law, including conventional and leveraged leasing of both real and personal property, construction and long-term mortgage financing, sales and acquisitions, and real estate development. He also represents clients in the sale, acquisition and financing of hospitals, electric power plants and other large industrial facilities.

Commercial Real Estate

In recent years, Charles' real estate practice has focused on acquisition, development and operation of mixed-use common interest communities, including condominium projects and planned communities, often in resort communities. Reflecting the vagaries of commercial real estate markets, Charles' practice at other times has emphasized the restructuring of loans on distressed real estate, including office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, apartments and development properties, as well as foreclosures and receiverships where voluntary restructuring proved impossible. In the early 1990s, a major part of his practice involved representing the liquidators of failed thrift institutions in connection with both public and sealed-bid auctions of real estate in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Throughout this period he has continued to represent clients engaged in a variety of non-real estate commercial and financing transactions.


Bar Admissions



Yale Law School
J.D. (1972)

Pomona College
B.A. cum laude (1969)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Symposium Updates from the Chair
    Colorado Real Estate Summit, July 2017
  • Types and Categories of Collateral Covered by Article 9
    Colorado Bar Association, UCC Article 9 - Collateral Refresher and Hot Topics seminar, March 2013
  • Case Law Update
    National Business Institute CLE Symposium, Negotiating Real Estate Loan Terms and Workout Options, 2010
  • Ethics in Lending
    National Business Institute CLE Symposium, Negotiating Real Estate Loan Terms and Workout Options, 2010
  • Effective Document Preparation
    National Business Institute, 2007
  • Legislative Framework / The Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act
    National Business Institute, 2004
  • Project-Specific Documents
    National Business Institute, 2001
  • Interstate Land Sales Act - Exemptions and Red Flags
    National Business Institute, 2001
  • Ethical Considerations - Who is Your Client?
    National Business Institute, 2001

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association — Chair of the Real Estate Council, Law Office Technology Committee
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers


  • 5280 Magazine — Top Lawyer, Real Estate, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Real Estate Law, 1991-2019 (Denver Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2013)
  • Super Lawyers, Real Estate — 2006-17
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Real Estate: Hotels and Leisure, 2005-18
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book — 2007
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