Deborah knows first-hand how to efficiently manage a commercial transaction to achieve the business objectives of her lender, business and real estate clients.


Deborah blends a unique combination of practical business experience with deep legal knowledge to advise her lender, business and real estate clients.

She advises lenders on secured loan and lease transactions. These projects include the financing of acquisitions and operating lines of credit for business borrowers, and acquisition, construction and development loans for real estate borrowers. She continues to guide her lender clients even after a loan closes through compliance, workouts, foreclosures and disposition of assets.

She applies her general counsel experience to advise her business clients on formation, acquisition, operations and asset protection as well as succession planning and implementation through ownership and asset sales.

Deborah’s experience with real estate finance and general business operations are key to her ability to effectively counsel her real estate clients through all phases of a real estate project, including acquisition, financing, development, construction, operation, leasing and, ultimately, a successful disposition of the asset.


Represented lender in the documentation and negotiation of a $17 million leveraged loan to assist the borrower in the purchase of multiple restaurant locations.  In addition to the debt financing, the transaction involved private equity financing and a sale and leaseback of various real estate locations.

Represented orthodontist in the sale of a three-office orthodontic practice.

Represented lender in the complex foreclosure, liquidation (through bankruptcy) and sale of two large ranch properties realizing over $18 million in revenue for lender.

After serving as general counsel to a manufacturing company for more than nine years, represented the client in a $25 million sale of the stock of the company to a publicly-traded entity allowing the founding shareholders to successfully exit after 23 years in business.

Represented lender in the documentation of a $25 million warehouse line of credit used by the borrower to finance short-term acquisition and renovation loans for residential real estate.

Represented lender in the documentation of $8 million loan to acquire and construct a glass recycling plant.

Represented owner of medical office building in the acquisition, development, construction, lease up and ultimate sale of the medical office building.

Represented lender in the documentation of a $14.5 million loan to the leveraged lender as well as construction financing for a medical clinic serving low income families.  In addition to the debt financing, the transaction involved new market tax credit financing.

Represented lender and bond purchaser in a tax-exempt bond and construction loan transaction to construct a parking facility, school and affordable house project involving a Colorado municipality.

Represented lender in the documentation of a $12 million construction loan for the construction of a multi-unit commercial condominium project for a non-profit entity.  This project was also financed with new market tax credits as well as multiple grants and contributions.

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Speaking Engagements

Cross-Collateralization and Cross-Default Provisions in Loan Documentation

Loan Covenants that You Just Can't Live Without

Bank Regulation: What Every Attorney Needs to Know

Legal Considerations in Loan Transactions

Small Business Roundtable: SBA Lending


"Foreign Qualification," The Practitioners Guide to Colorado Business Organizations, 2005-2016

"Buy-Sell Agreements," The Practitioners Guide to Colorado Business Organizations, co-authored with Fay Chu Fong, 2005-2016



The Best Lawyers in America©, Colorado - Real Estate, 2015-2020

Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers, 2012-2014

Super Lawyers, Business Edition, Real Estate, 2012-2015

Colorado Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2011-2018

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Arapahoe County Bar Association


  • Colorado, 1992
  • Arizona, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1992 


University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1991

  • Order of St. Ives
  • Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, Editor-in-Chief, 1990-1991

University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies, M.A., 1991

California Lutheran University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1988

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