Heather J. Haney

Heather Haney’s practice focuses on real estate, land use, and public and private financing in both Colorado and California. She represents public and private sector clients with small and large scale development projects, including redevelopment projects, transit-oriented developments, airports, infrastructure public-private partnerships, renewable energy projects, and residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects.  

Heather’s conservation law practice includes advising clients on both the donation and sale of conservation easements to land trusts and local governments by private landowners throughout the Mountain West. These complex conservation easement transactions meet the landowner’s goals for the current and future generations while protecting tens of thousands of acres of agricultural lands, natural habitats, and open space from development. Heather regularly provides advice regarding the structuring of conservation transactions and has successfully closed multi-year gift and bargain-sale conservation easements, often requiring the coordination of numerous state and local government funds and private foundations and the negotiation of option agreements, subordination agreements, life estates, deeds, and tax credit applications.

Heather counsels her clients in all phases of commercial real estate acquisition, development, leasing, financing, and disposition. She understands both the common issues involved in these transactions, such as title and survey matters, existing entitlements, and construction and financing obstacles, and the more nuanced issues, such as Bureau of Land Management land exchanges, tenancy-in-common issues, and applicable tax credits and incentives.  

Heather’s work on behalf of renewable energy clients includes representing developers on the acquisition of an early-stage projects, lenders in connection with loans for the acquisition or construction of renewable energy facilities, and investors financing their project portfolios, developing innovative royalty-generating service arrangements, or acquiring large, mature renewable energy projects. Heather was previously an attorney with a large international law firm, serving both as an associate and as the firm’s Clean Technology Program Manager, providing market analysis and strategic advice with respect to renewable energy, corporate sustainability, energy efficiency, smart grid, clean transportation, water, and energy storage. Prior to law school, Heather was an environmental consultant in San Diego, where she represented both public and private entities in the preparation of environmental impact reports, habitat conservation plans, and other technical documents in accordance with related federal and state environmental laws and regulations.

Representative Experience

Broadway Station (former Gates Site) Redevelopment, Denver, Colorado
Advising owner of the former Gates site regarding land use, entitlement, zoning, and public finance issues associated with new mixed-use community at I-25 and Broadway

Central I-70 / Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver, Colorado
Representing Colorado Department of Transportation in the procurement of an availability payment P3 project for Central 70 project

Convention Center Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Representing Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority to finance, build, and operate the 1,100 room Hyatt Convention Center Hotel

Peña Station, City and County of Denver, Colorado
Representing City and County of Denver on a public-private partnership in connection with Peña Station area project, including negotiations with adjacent landowners, agreements related to $50 million infrastructure financing, and real estate issues

Navajo Headwaters Ranch, near San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Represented 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 Navajo River

Regional Transportation District (FasTracks Commuter Rail), Denver, Colorado 
Negotiated and drafted purchase and sale agreements, easement agreements, and related regulatory documents for the successful acquisition of significant rail corridors from two major freight railroads

Walking Mountains Science Center, Edwards, Colorado
Represented a 501(c)()3) in its conveyance of a conservation easement.  This unique transaction involved a relatively small parcel of land focused on conserving pristine riparian habitat for public education and was one of the first applications by a nonprofit entity for the Colorado Conservation Easement Tax Credit.  

Professional and Civic Activities / Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law (2024)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch®  for Real Estate Law (2022)
  • Super Lawyers® "Rising Star" for Real Estate Law (2018–2021)
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Rugby (2015)
  • Co-Chair - Cleantech and Climate Change Committee, ABA Section of Science & Technology (2012–2015)
  • University of California, Berkeley Law, Cleantech Law Certificate and an Environmental Law Certificate (2011)
  • Executive Editor for the California Law Review and External Relations Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2009–2011)
  • Recipient, National Science Foundation Research Grant (2000)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philomathean Society, Master of the Halls (oldest literary society in the United States) (1999–2001)

News & Publications


Land Trust Alliance Rally 2019: The National Land Conservation Conference
Land Trust Alliance Rally 2018: The National Land Conservation Conference
Flexible Purpose Corporations: The Future of Sustainable Capitalism
Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES)
April 2011


J.D., University of California - Berkeley, 2011
MES, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2001

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