Paul A. Jacobs: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Paul A. Jacobs

Of Counsel
Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Land Use
  • Development & Construction
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Real Estate
Contact InfoTelephone: 303.892.4420
Fax: 303.749.7272
University Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1960
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1968
Admitted1968, Colorado

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Colorado Bar Association
•Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, Director, 1997-present
•Denver Bar Association


A member of Husch Blackwell's Real Estate, Development & Construction team, Paul is one of Denver's best-known dealmakers. Generally acknowledged as the driving force behind Denver's 1990 Major League Baseball expansion bid, Paul had primary responsibility for structuring and organizing the ownership group, processing the National League franchise application and negotiating and documenting all major agreements of the franchise, including the partnership agreement, National League membership agreement, loan agreements, ballpark leases, concession agreements, broadcast rights agreements and major sponsorship agreements. He served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Colorado Rockies from the award of the franchise in 1991 through January 1995.

Paul continues to be involved with major league sports and has parlayed his experience and negotiating skills into a national practice. He was the lead negotiator for the City of San Diego in connection with its urban redevelopment project that included a new ballpark for the San Diego Padres and more than $1.2 billion in private investment by opening day in 2004. He also represented the City of San Diego in its lease and stadium negotiations with the San Diego Chargers, the City of Fremont in its ballpark negotiations with the Oakland A's, the City of Oakland in connection with a proposed ballpark for the Oakland A's. Paul currently represents the City of Sacramento in the development and leasing of a new arena for the Sacramento Kings.

In 2012, Paul represented MountainStar Sports Group LLC in its acquisition of a Triple A minor league baseball franchise, the approved franchise relocation from Tucson, Ariz., to El Paso, Texas, and the development and lease of a new ballpark in El Paso.

From 1979-1990, Paul served as primary counsel for Associated Inns & Restaurants Co. of America, one of the largest hotel management and development companies in the United States. He was involved in more than 100 hotel transactions, including the development and construction, acquisition, financing, equity syndication (public and private) and disposition of more than 20 hotels. In addition, he advised in franchising issues and participated in the development of the Clarion Hotel and Wynfield Inns brands. In 1989-1990, Paul was lead counsel in structuring, negotiating and documenting the sale of all Associated Inns' assets to Regal Hotels Ltd.

In addition, Paul is currently nonexecutive chair of Ciber Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, 2006-2015
Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2011-2014
Colorado Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2006-2014; Top 100, 2012-2014; Top 50, 2006-2011
•Law Week Colorado, Barrister's Best, Best Sports Lawyer in Colorado, 2013
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2004

•Lead negotiator for City of San Diego for new baseball park and adjacent redevelopment project with price tag of more than $1 billion.
•Driving force in bringing Major League Baseball to Denver, including structuring and organizing the ownership group and negotiating all major franchise agreements.
•Represented ownership group in the relocation of a Triple-A minor league baseball team from Tucson, Ariz., to El Paso, Texas, including development agreement and lease with the City of El Paso for downtown stadium.
•Represented the City of Denver and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in the acquisition and development of an intermodal transportation center at Denver Union Terminal.
•Represented Copper Mountain Resort in its first decade of ski area development and operation.
•Counseled Associated Inns & Restaurants Co. of America with respect to hotel development, financing, syndication, disposition and operation for more than 10 years.
•Advised the investment banking firm of Boettcher & Co. in commercial real estate acquisition, financing and public syndication.
•Represents the Baily Co. LLP in real estate acquisitions, financing and leasing for a multistate fast-food franchisee.
•Represents Palo Alto Inc. in real estate and asset acquisitions and financing for a multistate fast-food franchisee.

Business Insights

In The News
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
3.14.14 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Names 14 Husch Blackwell Attorneys
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
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3.15.13 Eleven Husch Blackwell Attorneys Are Named 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers; An Additional Eight Named Rising Stars
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10.24.12 Husch Blackwell Represents MountainStar Sports Group's Purchase, Relocation of the Tucson Padres
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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6.12.12 Husch Blackwell Receives Top Rankings from Chambers and Partners
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
4.04.12 Husch Blackwell Engaged to Represent Regional Transportation District in Denver Union Station Redevelopment
Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release

Transactions Structured and organized Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, processed National League Application, negotiated major franchise agreements. Principal negotiator and counsel, City of San Diego, in connection with development of San Diego Padres Ballpark and ancillary commercial projects.

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Office Information

Paul A. Jacobs

1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4700
DenverCO 80203


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