1675 Broadway, Suite 2300
Denver, Colorado 80202
Telephone: (303) 825-7000
Fax: (303) 825-7005

In his 30 years of experience, William (“Bill”) Silberstein has 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 over 30 IRS audits of conservation easements. Bill helped the Forbes family create a conservation easement for its ranch in the San Luis Valley. Over 80,000 acres were included in the easement, the largest in Colorado.

Bill also 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. 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.

Recent Publications and Seminars


  • The Conservation Law Alert
  • “Landlords, Tenants and LEED® . . . What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been,” U.S. Green Building Council (2011)
  • “Conservation  Easements: Preserving Your Land for Future Generations” (2010)
  • “Developing a LEED® Certified Workspace — 10 Lessons Learned” (2010)
  • “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs” (2010)
  • “Open Space Chapter 16, Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property,” Stephen A. Bain, ed., Bradford Publishing (2007)
  • “Easement Audits in Colorado: What Can We Learn from Them?” Exchange: The Journal of the Land Trust Alliance, (Summer 2007)
  • “Land Trust Ethics,” Exchange: The Journal of the Land Trust Alliance, (Winter 2004)


  • “Amending Conservation Easements, The 2014 Approach,” CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference (March 2014)
  • “Drafting for Perpetuity and Principled Conservation Easement Modification,” Land Trust Alliance Fourth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation (February 2014)
  • “What Tax Court Decisions Mean for Conservation Easement Transactions,” CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference (March 2013)
  • “Understanding the IRS Conservation Easement Audit Guide,” Land Trust Alliance Rally (October 2012)
  • “Drafting to Avoid Deduction Challenges,” Land Trust Alliance Third Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation (June 2012)
  • “Translating Tax Court and IRS Decisions to Conservation Practice,” CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference (March 2012)
  • “Mitigating Oil and Gas Impacts on Urban and Rural Landscapes,” Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute 21st Annual Conference (2012)
  • “Internal Revenue Service: A Discussion on Recent Case Law: Recent Court Decisions on Conservation Easements,” CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference (2011)
  • “IRS, Tax Court and Difficult Tax Questions,” CLE International at the Second Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation (2011)
  • “Tales of the Battle with the Internal Revenue Service,” 19th Annual RMLUI Land Use Conference (2010)

Education and Clerkships

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

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

Awards; Professional and Civic Activities

  • Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Star, Nominated (2013)
  • 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)
  • Super Lawyer, Environmental and Real Estate (2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2012)
  • Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (Pro-bono Counsel) (1992 - Present)