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“[Kevin] is client-focused, very knowledgeable, responsive, well connected and personable.”

Client Feedback, Chambers USA, 2021

Overview

Kevin focuses his practice on real estate development and investment transactions, professional sports facilities and infrastructure development.

He navigates complex mixed-use and re-use development projects that transform communities, advising commercial real estate developers and investors on development projects and portfolio transactions for every property type. Kevin also has extensive experience working on major league sports facility transactions, from his work supporting development of Coors Field to current work structuring the sale of Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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 Commercial Real Estate and Housing groups.

Kevin's notable engagements include:

  • 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.
  • Leading representation of Intrawest Resorts in its development of resort communities across the continent, from concept through delivery and disposition.
  • Representing private developer and construction clients in various mixed-use and multi-family developments in Golden, Denver and the greater Denver metro area.
  • Representing a private industrial property developer in the planning and development of a 300+ acre distribution park in the Denver metro area.
  • Supporting a private sector developer in transaction structuring for redevelopment of an entire city block in downtown Denver.
  • 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 public 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.
  • 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] is client-focused, very knowledgeable, responsive, well connected and personable.”

Client Feedback, Chambers USA, 2021


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., 2018 Peter Bowes Award, 2016 Volunteer of the Year
  • BL Rankings’ 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 Memberships and Certifications

  • 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.

News Releases | November 09, 2021
Husch Blackwell Named to The Civic 50 Colorado
News Releases | March 08, 2021
Husch Blackwell Named A Top Sports Law Firm
Media Mentions | December 06, 2019
Office Snapshots: Husch Blackwell Offices – Denver
News Releases | November 11, 2019
Kevin Kelley Named as 2019 Sports & Entertainment Law Trailblazer by National Law Journal

Kelley was recognized for his participation in some of the most high-profile sports facilities deals of the past decade.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places Five Attorneys in ILFR's Inaugural Real Estate Rankings

Overall, the new edition represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Sixteen Husch Blackwell Attorneys Recognized in 2019 IFLR 1000 United States

The 2019 edition of the IFLR 1000 represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | March 20, 2019
2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Names Four From Husch Blackwell

Colorado Super Lawyers recognizes four Husch Blackwell attorneys from Denver.

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

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