Riley M. Cutner-Orrantia

Riley Cutner-Orrantia focuses on a wide range of real estate, transit, environmental, energy, and public-private financing legal issues.  She represents developers and investors in all phases of acquisition, development, and financing of renewable energy projects.  During law school, Riley clerked for Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell and Earthjustice.

Representative Experience

National Western Center Redevelopment, Denver, Colorado
Representing the City of Denver’s Performance Based Infrastructure  P3 Office and the Office of the National Western Center on the structuring and procurement of the 62-acre “Triangle” DBFOM P3 project, which will include the construction of a 10,000-seat arena, an expo hall, renovation of a historic 1909 building into a public market and community center, and significant structured parking assets.  The project is likely to be structured as a hybrid availability payment and market rate real estate development revenue-risk P3.  The “Triangle” is part of the City’s large expansion and redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show into a new, 270-acre, state-of-the art multipurpose campus.

Massachusetts Port Authority
Assisted bond counsel for the issuance of  revenue bonds and commercial paper notes to finance or refinance improvements at Logan International Airport.

Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Represented independent power producer in Colorado Public Utilities Commission dockets to renew expiring power purchase agreements for gas-fired assets, including electric resource planning the docket.

Clean Car Standards, Colorado
Successfully advocated on behalf of an environmental advocacy organization and a statewide coalition of local governments for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission’s (AQCC) adoption of a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program for the state of Colorado

Central 70, Denver, Colorado
Represented the Colorado Department of Transportation in the procurement of an availability payment P3 project for the Central 70 project

Professional and Civic Activities / Awards

  • Member, Women’s Energy Network, Colorado Chapter
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
  • Member, Urban Land Institute, Colorado
  • Recipient, Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law and Policy Certificate
  • Recipient, Gilbert Goldstein Scholarship and University of Colorado Merit Scholarship
  • Recipient, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment Outstanding Student Award
  • Managing Editor, Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law Review (2017–2018)
  • Member, Women’s Energy Network, Colorado Chapter


J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 2018
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

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