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sarah.kellner​@FaegreBD.com

3200 Wells Fargo Center
1700 Lincoln Street

Denver, Colorado 80203

D: +1 303 607 3808
F: +1 303 607 3600

Education

University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (2006)
Wake Forest University
B.A., with honors (2003)

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Court Admissions

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

Sarah Kellner

Partner

Sarah Kellner focuses on complex real estate litigation and eminent domain matters as well as class action disputes. She has litigated matters in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Eminent Domain Litigation

Sarah's experience with eminent domain matters includes:

  • Representing utility and energy companies in the acquisition of hundreds of miles of utility corridors and right-of-way for electric transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, water pipelines and other large energy facilities. She counsels clients and manages projects from inception (including during the planning and engineering phases) through acquisition. Representative clients include Public Service Company of Colorado (an Xcel Energy Company) and Sinclair Transportation Company.
  • Representing multiple landowners in the Denver metro area whose properties were condemned as part of the Fastracks light rail project. She assisted landowners during the early planning phases of the projects through the conclusion of condemnation actions.
  • Representing a national shopping center anchor in an urban renewal condemnation action, including representation at a vesting hearing.
  • Representing a large national company in several eminent domain matters across Colorado, including negotiating a reconfiguration of a project.
  • Representing multiple landowners in condemnation actions associated with a recreational trail system being built through their residential properties.

General Real Estate Litigation Experience

General real estate matters Sarah has handled include:

  • Representing a property owner in a multi-million dollar trespass and environmental dispute.
  • Representing a recycling plant in a dispute over a municipality's attempt to increase its tax burden.
  • Enforcing and challenging property liens.
  • Representing landlords and tenants in commercial landlord-tenant disputes.

Class Action Experience

Sarah's experience in class action litigation includes:

  • Defeating multiple class action claims against Fortune 500 insurance companies concerning claim handling processes, including successful appeals at both the appellate and supreme court levels.
  • Convincing a court to decertify a class in a major consumer class action against a Fortune 50 insurance company.

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015

Presentations

  • 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
  • Valuation of Outdoor Advertising Devices
    CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2013 (Assisted with materials and presentation)
  • Motions in Limine – Do's and Don'ts
    CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2011

Published Articles

  • Litigation Overview: Colorado
    Co-author, Practical Law, April 2016
  • 2012 Survey of Colorado Law
    Co-author of eminent domain chapter, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • AT&T v. Concepcion: Implications for Franchising
    International Law Office, 2011
  • Peaberry: Is the FDD Enough?
    International Law Office, 2010

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