Rebecca Lynne Burnham: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Rebecca Lynne Burnham

Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Sports Facilities and Entertainment Venues
  • Land Development
Contact InfoTelephone: 602.445.8251
Fax: 602.445.8664
University Arizona State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1980 Roscoe Pound Award, Order of the Barrister
Admitted1980, Arizona

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc., Board of Directors
•Board Member, Crisis Nursery Foundation, Board of Directors
•Board Member, Teach For America, Arizona Regional Advisory Board, Board of Directors
•Member, Scholars Selection Committee, Flinn Foundation, (2014)
•Member, International Women's Forum / Arizona Women's Forum
•Member, ASU Economic Club
•Member, ASU Foundation, Women and Philanthropy Program
•Member, Federalist Society
•Member, Fighter Country Partnership (Luke AFB)
•Member, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
•Member, Urban Land Institute, Arizona District Council
•Member, Valley Leadership (Class VII)
•Member, Valley of the Sun United Way, Tocqueville Society
•Member, Valley Partnership

BornWest Monroe, Louisiana, February 26, 1953

Rebecca Lynne Burnham represents real estate interests in connection with the acquisition, planning, development, financing, operation and sale of real estate developments, as well as legislative and public policy matters pertaining to economic development and land use.

Areas of Concentration

•Acquisition, planning, development, financing, operation and sale of real estate developments of all types with an emphasis on master plans and mixed-use development
•Entitlements including pre-annexation and development agreements
•Infrastructure planning and finance
•Construction including alternative construction methods
•Economic development incentives
•State trust lands
•State legislation (land use, infrastructure finance, economic development, state trust lands)

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 1998-2016
•Listed, AZ Business Leaders, Real Estate, 2015
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2005-2015
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate, 2014-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
• Top 50 Super Lawyers in Arizona, 2007-2010, 2013 and 2015
• Top 25 Women Lawyers in Arizona, 2013-2015
•Listed, Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Listed, Arizona Business magazine, Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2014
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2014
•Featured, Commercial Executive magazine, Legends of Law, 2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2013
•Listed, Arizona Business magazine, Most Influential Business Leaders, 2013
•Listed, Arizona Business magazine, 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, 2012
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.19.15 23 Greenberg Traurig Arizona Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in America
06.11.15 Greenberg Traurig Receives “Top-Tier” Real Estate Ranking in 2015 Legal 500 United States Guide
06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
05.30.14 Seven Arizona Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to 2014 Edition of the Chambers USA Guide
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
08.19.13 26 Phoenix Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 List
05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 171 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas
09.27.12 24 Greenberg Traurig Phoenix Attorneys Included in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America


02.08.10 Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies 'Gift Clause' Limits on Public Payments to Private Parties

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Guest Lecturer, Special Taxing Districts, Arizona State University, Masters of Real Estate Development, April 7, 2014 (pending), April 6, 2013, March 5, 2012, April 6, 2010
•Guest Lecturer, Critical Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs: Contracts and Real Estate, Thunderbird School of Global Management, March 20, 2012; September 30, 2011; April 19, 2011
•Presenter, How Do Complicated Real Estate Deals Get Done Today? CoreNet Global, Desert Mountain Chapter, November 8, 2011
•Speaker/Panelist, A Developer's Perspective: Paying For Infrastructure in the New Normal, Urban Land Institute, April 29, 2010
•Lecturer, Interplay of Foreclosure and Development Agreements, Law Seminars International, March 10, 2010
•Lecturer, Developer and Government Perspectives on Development Agreements, Law Seminars International, January 31, 2007

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented developers of master planned and mixed-use developments, including coordination of consultants and others, in connection with acquisition, entitlement, financing and development matters (including land ownership structures and participation agreements; pre-annexation and development agreements; infrastructure finance strategies and terms including community facilities and other special taxing districts, impact fees and joint development agreements; intergovernmental and other agreements for public infrastructure and services; governance structure and owner associations; sales and leases to commercial, retail, homebuilder, resort and other users; and compliance and relationships with state and local regulatory bodies). Represented planning permittees and prospective purchasers and lessees of state trust land, including negotiating the terms of planning permits, long-term ground leases and infrastructure agreements. Represented developers of urban development and redevelopment projects, including coordination of consultants and others, in connection with acquisition, entitlement, financing and development matters (including development agreements, economic development incentives, infrastructure finance, utility agreements, construction agreements, reciprocal easement and maintenance agreements; governance structure and owners associations; compliance with state and local regulatory bodies; and sales and leases to end users). Represented real estate interests, including industry associations, in connection with legislative initiatives relating to land use, economic development and infrastructure finance, state trust land reform and military airport land-use compatibility. Some of the above representations were handled by Ms. Burnham prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP .

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Rebecca Lynne Burnham

2375 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
PhoenixAZ 85016


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