Elizabeth (Leeza) Evensen

Elizabeth (Leeza) Evensen: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
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Leeza Evensen's practice is concentrated in real estate law, focusing on hotel, resort, retail, condominium, office, and other commercial real estate development and disposition; office/retail leasing; zoning and land use; partnerships and joint ventures; construction; real estate workouts; real estate financing; and general commercial and corporate transactions. Leeza advises clients on complex real estate matters that arise in connection with the development of utility-scale wind and solar projects. Leeza has a special expertise in the acquisition, development, construction and financing of public charter and private school facilities. Her experience includes representing real estate developers, ski resorts, landowners, real estate investment trusts (REITs), financial institutions and governmental agencies.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Commercial Real Estate Roundtable, Participant, Utah Business (May 2018)
• Women in the C-Suite: How Do They Do That? Moderator, CREW Utah (January 2017)
• Partner Spotlight, Author, The Highmark Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 4 (June 2016)
• Up for Grabs, Monetizing Utah Retail Liquor Licenses, Co-Author, Utah Business (July 2014)
• Retail, Office and Restaurant Leases: Key Provisions and Warranties, Presenter of Topics “The Use Clause and Re-Negotiating the Lease,” Live Seminar organized by National Business Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah (April 2014)
• Legal Issues in the Complex Leasing Transaction Part II, Continuing Education Instructor, State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Real Estate (2011)
• Getting the Best Results Cost Efficiently - Billable Hour Alternatives, Presenter, Utah Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (August 2010)
• Top Landlord Mistakes in Commercial Leasing, Co-Author, The Enterprise (April 13-19, 2009)
• Fifth Circuit Rejects EPA Rule Requiring State and Federal Agency Consultation as a Precondition for State Permitting Programs, 19 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 129 (1999)
• Open Space Preservation in Utah, Techniques, Tools, and First 'Quality Growth' Steps, 19 J. Land, Resources & Envtl. L. 267, 270 (1999)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Team Member, National Tier 1 in Real Estate Law, U.S. New Media Group and Best Lawyers (2018)
•Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate (2017-2018)
•30 Women to Watch, Utah Business Magazine (2017)
•Video Clip
•Real Estate Attorney of the Year, CCIM Utah Excellence Award (2017)
•Finalist (2016)
•Team Member, National Tier 1 in Real Estate Law, U.S. New Media Group and Best Lawyers (2017)
•CCIM Excellence Top Performer Award (2015)
•Team Member, Tier 1 in Metropolitan Rankings, Utah, Real Estate Law (2014, 2015)
•Utah's Legal Elite: Real Estate, Utah Business Magazine (2008, 2011, 2015-2019)

Community Involvement

•Downtown Farmers Market/Utah Public Market Board, Board Member (2018)
•ArtSpace, Board Member (2018)
•Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Success in Law School Mentoring Program, Past Mentor
•Utah State Bar, New Lawyer Training Program, Past Mentor
•Snell & Wilmer Community Involvement Committee, Salt Lake City office, Past Chair
•Utah Tennis Association, Past Board Member
•Utah Junior Tennis Foundation, Past Board Member
•Utah Tennis Association, Executive Committee, Past Secretary

Related News & Events

May 03
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 46 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Feb 01
Utah Legal Elite Recognizes 23 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

May 31
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 43 Attorneys

Apr 13
Utah Business Magazine Recognizes Snell & Wilmer Partner Elizabeth Evensen in Annual 30 Women to Watch

Mar 07
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Elizabeth Evensen Honored as Real Estate Attorney Of The Year for Utah CCIM 2017 Excellence Awards

Mar 06
Utah CCIM Chapter Honors Commercial Real Estate Professionals at 2017 Excellence Awards Event

Feb 07
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Elizabeth Evensen Finalist for CCIM 2017 Excellence Award

Feb 01
Utah Legal Elite Recognizes 27 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Jan 18
Utah CCIM Chapter Announces Finalists for 2017 Excellence Awards

Aug 24
CREW Utah Elects Snell & Wilmer Partner Elizabeth Evensen as President-Elect

Jun 23
Partner Spotlight The Highmark Quarterly

Mar 18
Utah Legal Elite Recognizes 23 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Feb 08
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Finalist for CCIM Excellence Award

Feb 12
25 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to 2015 Utah Legal Elite

May 17
Burmese Refugees Move into Apartment Furnished by Salt Lake Attorneys

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Construction
  • Government Relations
  • Master Planned Communities and Subdivisions
  • Office, Industrial, Retail, Mixed Use and Medical
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Renewable Energy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
801.257.1882  Phone
University Attended:
Moscow State University, B.A., Journalism, highest honors, 1992
Law School Attended:
University of Utah College of Law, J.D., William H. Leary Scholar, Outstanding Achievement Award in Corporate Finance, Outstanding Achievement Award in Business Planning, CALI in Excellence for the Future Award, Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Land, Resources and Environmental Law, 2000
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court, District of Utah; Supreme Court of Utah; Utah

Professional Memberships and Activities

•State Bar of Utah
•Real Property Section
•Business Law Section
•Construction Law Section
•American Bar Association
•Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Utah Chapter (CREW Utah)
•President (2018)
•Board Member (2018)
•Women Lawyers of Utah (2018)

Russian and French
Birth Information:
Moscow, Russia, 1970
Representative Transactions: Lead counsel for national developer of school facilities in acquisition, disposition, financing and development of public charter and private school facilities in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana and other states; Counsel for a developer of utility-scale wind and solar project in connection with ground leases, acquisitions, purchase options, easements and due diligence regarding such projects; Counsel for leading ski resort operator in acquisition, disposition and operation of ski resorts in Utah, Colorado, California and Nevada; Local counsel to national developer of resort properties regarding the finance and operation of timeshare and condominium resort in Summit County, Utah; Local counsel to a REIT regarding the purchase, financing and operation of office and retail properties in Salt Lake City, Utah; Counsel for acquisition, entitlement and development of one million sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Utah; Counsel to Utah Transit Authority in connection with the $185 million acquisition of Union Pacific facilities for 175-mile Wasatch Front Commuter Rail Project; Counsel to national commercial tenants and landlords in various office, retail and industrial leasing transactions; Counsel for acquisition and development of 20,000-seat amphitheater facility in Salt Lake City, Utah; Counsel to developers of various mixed-use projects, including drafting of necessary declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions and reciprocal easements, leases, purchase and sale documents

Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (10 reviews)
Peer Reviewed
  • Legal Knowledge

  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

  • Communication

  • Legal Experience

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 12/08/14 in Construction Finance

    Leeza is extremely professional, follows up, and is on top of her game. I am pleased to recommend her.

    Leeza is extremely professional, follows up, and is on top of her game. I am pleased to recommend her. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 12/08/14 in Real Estate

    She is an excellent real estate transaction lawyer.

    She is an excellent real estate transaction lawyer. Read less

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