Overview

Sarah Kellner advocates for clients to achieve favorable outcomes for their real estate projects and disputes. She focuses on complex real estate advocacy, including land use, real property tax appeals, landlord-tenant litigation, and condemnation, bringing her significant litigation experience to the table to help her clients achieve favorable results in their real estate matters.

Eminent Domain

In her eminent domain work, Sarah counsels both condemnor and landowner clients. For condemnors, she oversees projects and negotiations from inception (including during the planning and engineering phases) through acquisition. She also represents developer and individual landowners, utility and energy companies, companies with nationwide property portfolios, and retail centers in challenging eminent domain actions and achieving maximum just compensation awards.

Property Tax Appeals

Sarah also helps companies challenge their real property tax assessments and valuations. With significant valuation experience, she advocates for her clients at all levels of the tax appeal process, including proceedings before the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) and through the abatement process.

Land Use

In her land use work, Sarah assists clients through development hurdles and works with municipalities and other government entities to get favorable project results for her clients. She works with landowners through the approval process when roadblocks arise, helping position them for potential litigation if their land use approvals are denied. Her advocacy on behalf of her clients includes work at both the local level as well as in court proceedings, including Rule 106 and declaratory judgment actions.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (2006)

Wake Forest University
B.A. with honors (2003)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Effective Case Planning: Getting Your Case Off to a Good Start
    ALI-CLE National Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, Charleston, South Carolina, 2018
  • Takings and Damaging by Flood: Case Selection Advice for Savvy Practitioners
    ALI-CLE National Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, Charleston, South Carolina, 2018
  • Colorado Eminent Domain Practice
    Faculty, Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, 2017
  • Litigation Overview: Colorado
    Co-author, Practical Law, April 2016
  • Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em – Attorney Fee Recovery in Eminent Domain
    CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
  • Eminent Domain Legal Update
    International Right of Way Association, Denver, Colorado, 2016
  • Eminent Domain Half-Day CLE
    Program Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado 2015
  • Appraiser's Rebuttal Expert Reports and Testimony - Effective Use of Appraisal Testimony to Rebut Expert
    CLE International, Denver, Colorado 2015

Honors

  • Law Week Colorado —  Barrister's Best: People’s Choice, Best Real Estate Attorney, 2018
  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-18
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015
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