Office Information

  • Member, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
  • Member, Associates Review Committee
Dawn is in our Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group.  She has extensive experience in start-up finance and has served as counsel to various developers for mixed use and mixed finance developments. ​Dawn has been inducted into the American College of Bond Counsel.

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Narrative Bio

Dawn’s experience includes serving as counsel to land developers such as Forest City for the redevelopment of the Stapleton Airport and LNR Properties for the development of HighPoint at DIA. She represented the Denver Union Station Executive Oversight Committee and currently represents the Denver Union Station Project Authority in the redevelopment of Denver Union Station, a multi-modal transportation hub in the City of Denver. She represented a private developer in the development and negotiation of off-shore, residential, retail and commercial development agreements related to the improvement of an island venture including restaurants, lodging facilities, a shopping center, luxury villas and beach concessions. She has also represented municipalities, underwriters and development entities for the development of several publicly financed hotels in Denver, Colorado, Omaha, Nebraska and Baltimore, Maryland, and Austin, Texas.

Dawn received the Urban League of Denver Chairman’s Award (2015) and has been named one of Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women (2013).  She has been named one of Urban Spectrum Magazine’s Timeless Legends (2012), received the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council National Leadership Award (2002), and the Women of Excellence Award (2002). She has also received the Urban League of Colorado’s Chairman Award, and the Colorado Black Women for Political Action’s Corporate Business Award. She has also received the Mayor of Denver’s “Coin to the City” for Community service in Denver, Colorado, among other recognitions.

She is a member of the General Law and Diversity Committees of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She is also active in community organizations and serves as Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Denver Botanical Gardens, and a member of Colorado Black Women for Political Action and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.

Dawn obtained her J.D. from University of Denver and her B.A. in English and Communications from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.  She is admitted to practice in Colorado.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1988

Civic Involvement

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Board of Trustees
      • Vice-Chairman
  • Denver Botanical Gardens
    • Board of Directors
      • Secretary
  • Colorado Black Women for Political Action

Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel
  • NEWSED Community Development Organization, Philanthropic Award, 2016
  • Chairman's Award, Urban League of Denver, 2015
  • Top 25 Most Powerful Women, Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Timeless Legends, Urban Spectrum Magazine, 2012
  • Large Business of the Year Award, Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • National Leadership Award, National Republican Congressional Committee's Business Advisory Council, 2002
  • Women of Excellence Award, 2002
  • Women of Distinction Award, Girl Scouts (Mile High Council), 2002
  • More...

Education & Honors

  • University of Denver, J.D., 1987
  • University of Oakwood, B.A., English and Communications, 1982

Experience

  • Dawn served as counsel to land developers such as Brookfield Development (f/k/a Forest City) for the redevelopment of the Stapleton Airport, now Central Park and LNR Properties for the development of HighPoint at Denver International Airport (DEN).
  • Dawn represented the Denver Union Station Executive Oversight Committee and the Denver Union Station Project Authority in the redevelopment of Denver Union Station, a multi-modal transportation hub in the City of Denver.
  • Dawn represented a private developer in the development and negotiation of off-shore, residential, retail and commercial development agreements related to the improvement of an island venture including restaurants, lodging facilities, a shopping center, luxury villas and beach concessions.   
  • Dawn has represented the City of Denver in the formation of the National Western Stock Show governance entity in the redevelopment of Denver’s historic stock show. 
  • Dawn has represented municipalities, underwriters, special purpose vehicles, and development entities for the development of several publicly financed public/private projects in Denver, Colorado, Omaha, Nebraska and Baltimore, Maryland. 

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “To Seal or Not to Seal,” Colorado Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors News Report, November 1997.