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

Peña Station, Denver, Colorado
Represented the City and County of Denver on a public-private partnership in connection with the Peña Station area transit-oriented development (TOD) project, including negotiations with adjacent landowners, agreements related to $50 million infrastructure financing, and real estate issues

Redevelopment of the Former Gates Rubber Company Site, Denver, Colorado
Represented master developer in purchase contract negotiations, acquisition due diligence, acquisition, and development

Englewood CityCenter, 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

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

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

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

Navajo Headwaters Ranch, near San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Represented the private landowners in a multiple phase land conservation project, including both gift and bargain-sale conservation easements, federal and state incentives, reciprocal use agreements, and corporate and debt related issues, leading to the preservation of this magnificent landscape along the Navajo River

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

Professional and Civic Activities / Awards

  • Colorado Open Space Alliance Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual (2016)
  • Land Trust Alliance (Conservation Defense Committee 2011–Present; Conservation Defense Council 2011–Present)
  • Dean, Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation Law Symposia (2009–2019)
  • Super Lawyers® for Environmental Law; Real Estate Law (2006–2009, 2011–2012)
  • Pro bono Counsel, Keep It Colorado formally known as Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (1992–Present)

News & Publications


Land Trust Alliance Rally 2019: The National Land Conservation Conference
Land Trust Alliance Rally 2018: The National Land Conservation Conference
Land Trust Alliance Webinar
Colorado Tax Credit Update
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again: A Case Study of Fixing Orphan Conservation Easements
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Land Trust Alliance Webinar
25 Years of Land Conservation: Looking Backward and Forward
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
Appraisal Essentials
Land Trust Alliance Webinar
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell CLE Seminar
5th Annual Land Trust Alliance Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
4th Annual Land Trust Alliance Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Drafting to Avoid Deduction Challenges
3rd Annual Land Trust Alliance Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Mitigating Oil and Gas Impacts on Urban and Rural Landscapes
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
IRS, Tax Court and Difficult Tax Questions
2nd Annual Land Trust Alliance Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
Internal Revenue Service: A Discussion on Recent Case Law: Recent Court Decisions on Conservation Easements
CCLT Conservation Excellence Conference
Tales of the Battle with the Internal Revenue Service
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference


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


6th Annual Land Trust Alliance Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Trust
Law Week Colorado and The Denver Post
Fall 2014
Tax Management Inc., a Subsidiary of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.


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

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