Joseph M. Sellars

Senior Attorney

sellarsj@ballardspahr.com
Tel 303.299.7336
Fax 303.296.3956
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.

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
  • Advised the buyer/developer in a $52 million complex industrial parcel assemblage 
  • Counseled the owner/developer in $23 million sale of a parcel to a national multifamily developer for construction of 490-unit apartment complex
  • Represented building owners in multiple industrial/warehouse leases and build-to-suit projects ranging from 20,000 to 275,000 square feet
  • Advised borrowers in multiple acquisition and construction loans, ranging from $5 million to $70 million, including CMBS financing
  • Represented a joint venture in the acquisition, development, and leasing of a mixed-use restaurant, retail, and office indoor marketplace in Aurora, Colorado. 
  • Counseled the owner/developers in the acquisitions, development, and sale of commercial and residential master-planned developments
  • Represented the owner in ground lease for large-scale commercial greenhouse
  • Counsel to the owner/developer in reconfiguration, redevelopment, and sale of Denver big-box shopping center into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project
  • Advise homebuilder clients in acquisition of large-scale residential subdivisions and related development transactions and issues

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.

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)

Colorado