Joseph M. Sellars

Senior Attorney
Denver

Joseph Sellars represents and counsels commercial property owners, developers, sponsors, and national homebuilders in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions. His experience in commercial real estate includes industrial, office, retail, multi-family, and mixed-use transactions. Joe negotiates, prepares, and analyzes transaction documents, including purchase and sale contracts for acquisitions/dispositions, development, construction, cost-share agreements, commercial leases,  ground leases, financial transaction documentation, land-banking transactions, and joint venture agreements such as LLC and partnership agreements.

While in law school, Joe earned his master’s degree in regional and city planning, with an emphasis on zoning, land use, and development regulation. His master’s thesis focused on parcel assembly and other legal aspects of land readjustment as a public-private partnership to facilitate development. He also studied abroad at Oxford University, through its summer law program.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Advised a joint venture in the acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and $75 million sale of an industrial park
  • Counseled owners in the sales of two office buildings in the Denver area for $103 million and $60 million
  • Represented the owner/developer in the formation of a complex condominium structure for a large project in Denver’s River North (RiNo) District, including an office building, large concert venue, and underground parking garage, with shared amenities

Professional Highlights

Publications

“Coworking Companies Capture More Space, Imaginations” Colorado Real Estate Journal, September 1, 2019 

“What Must Be Disclosed in Colorado Real Estate Contracts, and What Should be Disclosed” Colorado Builder Forum Magazine, November/December 2013.

“Look Before You Leap: New Emphasis on Standard Due Diligence Items After the Great Recession” Colorado Builder Forum Magazine, January/February 2011.

“Green Development Incentives,” Colorado Real Estate Journal, 2009.

Credentials 

Education

University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D. 2003)

University of Oklahoma Department of City Planning (M.A. 2003)

Oklahoma State University (B.A. 1996)

Admissions

Colorado