Bill Silberstein

Bill Silberstein represents clients in a wide variety of real estate developments, purchases, sales, leasing, and financing transactions for ski resorts, office buildings, hotel properties, retail shopping centers, ranches, and rural recreational properties throughout the Rocky Mountain states.  He has served as developers’ counsel for many brownfield developments and transit-oriented developments.

In his 30 years of experience, Bill has also built a land conservation practice that has a national reputation for excellence.  He has represented landowners and conservation organizations in hundreds of conservation easement transactions and in more than 30 IRS audits of conservation easements.  Bill helped the Forbes family create a conservation easement for its ranch in the San Luis Valley.  More than 80,000 acres were included in the easement, the largest in Colorado at that time.

The breadth of his practice allows Bill to assist property owners who are pursuing either development or preservation objectives.  He helps clients achieve an appropriate balance between development and conservation that is sensitive to economic development in the region and quality of life that is so important to the regional economy.

Representative Experience

Redevelopment of the Former Gates Rubber Company Site, Denver, Colorado
Represent master developer in environmental due diligence, negotiation of environmental insurance coverage, voluntary cleanup plans, professional service and construction contracting, and infrastructure funding agreements

City Center, Englewood, Colorado
Represented the developer of the retail component of this transit-oriented development and adaptive reuse that includes apartments, condominiums, the municipal office building, and light rail station

Lincoln Station, Douglas County, Colorado
Represented the developer of this transit-oriented development that includes office buildings, light rail station, and shared transit parking

Forbes Trinchera Ranch, near La Veta Pass, Colorado
Represented the Forbes family in the creation of an 80,000 acre conservation easement, the largest in Colorado

East Fork Ranch, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Represented the owner in a multi-year, multiple phase land conservation project resulting in the sale of several conservation easements and the preservation of a significant National Forest in-holding previously permitted for a ski area and golf course

Pine Cliff Ranch, Douglas County, Colorado
Represented Colorado Open Lands in a multiple year transaction, accepting a conveyance from the historic ranching family and sale to a conservation buyer with a conservation easement in place

Awards / Professional and Civic Activities

  • Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Committee (2011–Present)
  • Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Council (2011–Present)
  • Dean, Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation Law Symposia (2009–Present)
  • Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (Pro-bono Counsel) (1992–Present)

News & Publications


Land Trust Alliance Fifth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Land Trust Alliance Fourth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Land Trust Alliance Rally 2012
Drafting to Avoid Deduction Challenges
Land Trust Alliance Third Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
June 2012
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Mitigating Oil and Gas Impacts on Urban and Rural Landscapes
21st Annual Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
Internal Revenue Service: A Discussion on Recent Case Law: Recent Court Decisions on Conservation Easements
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
IRS, Tax Court and Difficult Tax Questions
CLE International at the Second Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
Tales of the Battle with the Internal Revenue Service
19th Annual Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
March 2010


Tax Management Inc., a Subsidiary of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
Live Water Properties
Landlords, Tenants and LEED® . . . What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been 
distributed at U.S. Green Building Council
Conservation Easements: Preserving Your Land for Future Generations
Developing a LEED® Certified Workspace: 10 Lessons Learned
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Easement Audits in Colorado: What Can We Learn from Them?
Saving Land: The Journal of the Land Trust Alliance
Summer 2007
Open Space Chapter 16
Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property, Stephen A. Bain, ed., Bradford Publishing
Land Trust Ethics
Saving Land: The Journal of the Land Trust Alliance 
Winter 2004

Education and Clerkships

  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1980
  • B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado