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“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park

Overview

Kevin focuses his practice on the intersection of real estate, public-private partnerships and social infrastructure development.

He advises public sector clients on major league sports facility transactions, structures public-private partnerships for public sector and higher education clients, and navigates complex mixed-use and re-use development projects that transform communities. Kevin, the Managing Partner of the firm’s Denver office, also advises clients on the acquisition, development, financing, operation and disposition of multi-family, senior housing, hotels and resorts, industrial, office, retail properties and self-storage facilities. Kevin previously chaired the firm's Investment Real Estate and Housing groups.

Kevin's notable engagements include:

  • Representing the City of Phoenix to renegotiate the Suns’ agreements for Talking Stick Resort Arena, including negotiating a $230 million renovation of the facility and new non-relocation provisions.
  • Representing the pubic owner of T-Mobile Park in renegotiating the Seattle Mariners’ lease, with extensive new provisions that ensure the ballpark will remain in the top one-third of all MLB ballparks.
  • Representing the Wisconsin Center District in the development of the new $524 million Fiserv Arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Representing the City of Phoenix in renegotiating the Milwaukee Brewers’ use agreements for the city-owned spring training facilities, which included extending their term and negotiating the terms of conveying development rights to the Brewers for new mixed-use development on city-owned land.
  • Representing the City of Sacramento in the development of the $477 million Golden 1 Center arena for the Sacramento Kings.
  • Representing Denver’s Regional Transportation District in the redevelopment of the city’s historic Union Station using both public and private funds to create a mixed-use project of public transportation, a boutique hotel and retail, food and beverage, and office spaces.
  • Advising both private sector and higher education clients on using P3 delivery models for development of higher education facilities, including student housing and energy districts.
  • Representing a self-storage REIT in its acquisition of a 112-property portfolio for $1.2 billion.
  • Representing an industrial REIT in its acquisition of a six-property portfolio for $189 million.

“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park


Industry

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Recognition

  • Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., 2018 Peter Bowes Award, 2016 Volunteer of the Year
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, since 2015
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Real Estate, since 2009
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, since 2015
  • IFLR1000, Real Estate (Denver), Highly Regarded, 2019
  • National Law Journal Trailblazers: Sports & Entertainment Law, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
    • Virginia Journal of Natural Resources Law, notes editor
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University
    • summa cum laude
    • Distinguished Military Graduate
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • New York (inactive)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
Case Studies
Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District

Seattle’s publicly-owned major league baseball ballpark, completed in 1999, had been home to the Seattle Mariners for 20 years – and the team’s original lease was about to expire. The Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District (or PFD), the ballpark’s owner, turned to Husch Blackwell for assistance in striking a new agreement with the team.

U.S. Beef & Platform Ventures

When U.S. Beef, formerly the largest franchisee of Arby’s restaurants in the U.S., sought to shift its business focus after selling its restaurant assets in December 2018, it partnered with Platform Ventures, an investment firm, to acquire the Plaza Vista Office Building, located on the west end of Kansas City’s iconic Plaza District, from EverWest Real Estate Investors. The deal proved to be incredibly complex, and U.S. Beef and Platform turned to Husch Blackwell for guidance in turning their plans into reality.

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Community Leadership
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, Executive Committee Member
  • Downtown Denver Partnership Management Group, Inc., Director
  • Downtown Denver, Inc., Director
  • Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain Inc., Board of Directors Chair