After beginning my legal career representing the Denver Department of Aviation as an Assistant City Attorney, I am able to leverage my in-house experience to provide clients with a unique understanding of the underlying business needs and goals of local governments and government enterprises. Having worked on the client side of legal matters, I appreciate the importance of learning each client’s specific expectations and delivering individualized services that meet their needs. In addition to gaining a reputation for high-quality legal work, I have built expertise on complex projects and that require persistence and a focus on my client’s desired outcome.
Stephanie Minutillo Pope focuses her practice on real estate, land use, and transactional matters. She advises clients on zoning, entitlement, and contractual issues related to a variety of land use and development projects, including commercial, residential, mixed-use, public, and energy-related projects.
Before joining Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, Stephanie was an Associate Assistant City Attorney with Airport Legal Section within the Denver City Attorney’s Office where she provided legal counsel on various complex airport issues concerning construction, hotel, sustainability, First Amendment, and environmental issues at the world’s third largest airport. She drafted professional services, construction, design/engineering, and sustainability agreements and permits as well as MOUs to improve interagency coordination and collaboration. She also helped to draft the Energy Performance Contract for Denver International Airport, the largest contract of its kind in Colorado.
Stephanie served as a founding member and airport legal team representative on the City Attorney’s Office EDI Team, demonstrating a commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal field. Stephanie continues her engagement in EDI initiatives.
During law school, Stephanie was a law clerk at Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, where she conducted legal research for municipal clients related to environmental regulations, land development, transportation, airport law, and other local government issues. She also provided legal support for projects involving NEPA, tort law, issue preclusion, and First Amendment issues. She also was a law clerk for the Boulder County Attorney’s office, where she assisted the County in municipal issues including open records, mineral rights, land use, zoning litigation, and oil and gas regulation.