Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

Associate at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Greater Denver Area
Law Practice

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Charlie Smith's Overview

  • State Chairman at Colorado Federation of College Republicans
  • Intern at Ladco Development

500+ connections


Charlie Smith's Summary

Charlie is a real estate attorney, specializing in development, acquisitions and dispositions, land use, leasing, and financing. His clients include developers, investors, landlords, tenants, REITs, and corporations of all sizes.

Charlie Smith's Experience

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2014Present (4 months) Greater Denver Area

Charlie is an Associate in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office and a member of the Real Estate Department. He focuses his practice on real estate development, handling complex commercial leases, property acquisitions and dispositions, government relations pertaining to real estate, and matters of due diligence and title issues.

Charlie is a leader who takes pride in solving problems for clients so they can focus their attention on what they do best.


Citizen Awareness Project, Inc.

June 2012Present (2 years 4 months) Greater Denver Area


Raising Red Action Fund, Inc.

May 2009Present (5 years 5 months)

Associate Attorney

Zakhem Law, LLC

October 2012May 2014 (1 year 8 months) Greater Denver Area

• Drafted and analyzed complex asset purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements, option purchase contracts, purchase and sale agreements, settlement agreements, independent contractor agreements, leases, employment agreements, noncompete agreements, NDAs, internal memoranda, and corporate governance documents

• Designed legal strategies for corporate clients relative to business growth, acquisitions, and shareholder disputes

• Advised campaign committees, political committees, and 501(c)(4)/501(c)(6)s regarding independent expenditures, election communications, ballot initiatives and access, campaign finance, and applicable tax law

• Negotiated closing of $4,000,000, 199,418 sq.ft. office complex, worked with equity partner and REIT as seller

• First chair in five-day trial successfully defended corporate client against claims of unjust enrichment and fraud with $400k in damages, obtained judgment in excess of $100k on breach of contract counterclaim

Law Clerk, Governmental Affairs

Zakhem Law, LLC

April 2010October 2012 (2 years 7 months) Greater Denver Area

• Took lead on litigation matters including in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against county for First Amendment violation, breach of contract suit representing corporate client suing satellite content producer, and representing candidate for U.S. Senate in ballot access litigation

• Designed campaign finance strategies for state/federal candidate committees, political committees, and nonprofits

• Drafted and vetted corporate governance documents, memoranda for corporate clients, independent contractor agreements, leases, and other business documents

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Political Organization industry

July 2007June 2009 (2 years) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Worked with party leaders, grassroots activists, elected officials, major donors, and vendors to revitalize a national 527 political organization. Raised $4+ millions dollars in high-dollar contributions and grassroots solicitations. Implemented a sophisticated social media strategy and oversaw 68 employees deployed nationwide.

State Chairman

Colorado Federation of College Republicans

April 2005April 2007 (2 years 1 month)


Ladco Development

June 2005August 2005 (3 months)

Worked with project and property managers performing marketing, managerial, analytical, and logistical work associated with commercial real estate development. Also helped with website design ideas and limited graphical work.

Charlie Smith's Skills & Expertise

  1. Politics
  2. Grassroots Organizing
  3. Political Consulting
  4. Fundraising
  5. Nonprofits
  6. Non-profits
  7. Legislative Relations
  8. Public Policy
  9. Civil Litigation
  10. Litigation
  11. Leadership
  12. Governmental Affairs
  13. Campaigns
  14. Government
  15. Contract Negotiation
  16. Business Strategy
  17. Legal Research
  18. Legal Writing
  19. Legal Advice
  20. Real Estate Transactions
  21. Commercial Real Estate
  22. Buy-sell Agreements
  23. Noncompetes
  24. Asset Purchase Agreements
  25. Commercial Litigation

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Charlie Smith's Education

University of Denver - Sturm College of Law

Juris Doctor


Thomas Errickson Scholarship Award, Scholastic Excellence Award for Election Law, Scholastic Excellence Award for Trial Practice.

Activities and Societies: Federalist Society

University of Denver - Daniels College of Business

BSBA, Finance/Real Estate


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